Local Makers2022-05-23T21:51:02-07:00

LOCAL – MARKET OF CHOICE

When you shop with us, you’re choosing to support an independent, family-owned and operated Oregon grocer that carries more than 7,000 local products and employs more than 1,400 Oregonians. In addition to offering thousands of local products, we help many food and beverage makers get their businesses off the ground. We offer our professional advice, assist with product distribution and share their stories with you, our customers.

We also purposefully promote and celebrate our BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and Women makers and partner with organizations that do the same. We define a local maker as someone who is able to deliver to our stores and return home for dinner the same day.

This full-circle philosophy of supporting local translates into healthier communities, meaningful jobs and a stronger state-wide economy. Follow along as we share local maker stories, learn more about our local programs, and stop in and see how many local products you can find!

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Through our MOJO and Amplify programs and meaningful partnerships, we support local makers by providing guidance, development support, targeted funding, distribution solutions and amplification.

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In our ongoing effort to elevate Oregon entrepreneurs and strengthen our food and beverage communities, we partner with passionate, like-minded organizations that uplift local food and beverage makers.

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Dig Local

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By partnering with Oregon farmers to help grow their farm offerings, we’re able to bring you fresh, local, unique produce throughout the season. Together, we’re cultivating a stronger food community.

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Block and Blade

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We develop close relationships with ranchers and fisherfolk to bring you the highest quality, best-tasting sustainably sourced seafood and humanely raised beef, pork, poultry and lamb.

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Local Maker Spotlights

Birdseed For Humans – Medford

Medford-based Birdseed For Humans crafts gluten-free granolas with sprouted buckwheat that adds plant-based protein and prebiotics to your morning routine.

Bend Sauce – Bend

Craig and Nikki Reinhart were tired of the same old hot sauces, so they got to work. The result? Bend Sauce, a thick, smooth, seedless chipotle hot sauce that “dazzles with every bite.”

Ablis CBD Beverages – Bend

When Jim Bendis, owner of Crater Lake Spirits, approached his son Max, a CBD enthusiast, about the idea of crafting CBD-infused beverages, Max got to work, creating the first beverage that would launch their joint venture Ablis in 2014.

Sakari Farms Hot Sauces – Tumalo

The people at Sakari Farms balance their time producing unique food products that are culturally appropriate while investing in their broader community. All sales proceeds go toward the Sakari Farms Tribal Education Program, which provides on-farm education to tribal and county residents, including curriculum development, tours and edible adventures.

Honeybee Lemonade Syrups – Portland

The buzz about Honeybee Lemonade Syrups has continued from the days when Andrea Wade owned a food cart in Portland and was serving her innovative syrups mixed with sparkling water to accompany her West African and Jamaican fusion fare.

Marigold Coffee – Portland

As the former chef and owner of Redwing Cafe in SE Portland, Joey Gleason has had her feet firmly planted in the city’s food and beverage scene for more than 20 years.

Thrilling Foods – Portland

Thrilling Foods of Portland uses Old World cooking methods, such as salt-and-smoke curing, to craft their inventive product, a plant-based bacon alternative called Bakon, with a flavor that’s so close to pork, “that even meat eaters can’t tell the difference,” says company co-owner David Jones.

Sugarpine Drive-In – Troutdale

Sugarpine Drive-In, a destination eatery on the banks of the Sandy River in Troutdale, is known for its savory comfort foods and custom ice cream treats that come piled high. Fans can now find some of their favorite ice cream toppings, as well as Sugarpine’s flagship sweet-and-smoky barbecue sauce, at Market of Choice.

Plant Bomb! – Portland

Rajiv Harry, owner of the plant-based sauces company Plant Bomb! in Portland, has deep family roots in Trinidad and Tobago, the dual-island nation in the Caribbean. There, cooking and sharing food go hand in hand, a tradition he learned through his father.

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