Thankful for an Offer We Couldn’t Refuse

As the season shifts once again, bringing with it the contrast of cooler nights and bright reds, yellows and oranges of the harvest, we remain constantly aware of how fortunate we are to reside here.

“Public Markets are often among the most socially diverse of public places, bringing people of different ages, genders, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic status together for the experience of food, shopping, and conversation.”
~ Project for Public Spaces

We’re thankful to work with other local collaborative, mission-driven food based organizations to bring our shared goals of a robust and inclusive food community to fruition. We stand united in our commitment to opening a vibrant public market for all Oregonians.

We are thrilled about our new path to grow the market on the central east side near Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People. It’s an offer we simply could not refuse.

“It’s an attractive site for countless reasons. Teaming up with OMSI and its partners in the Innovation Quadrant will benefit the entire community,” says Fred Granum, Executive Director of the James Beard Public Market. “Our many supporters enthusiastically favor it as a real boost to our plans.”

James Beard Public Market previously sought to develop the Public Market at the west end of the Morrison Bridge in downtown Portland. We are thankful for our many supporters who have voiced enthusiastic support for this exciting change to the Innovation Quadrant.

“After much work by many, we decided that the Morrison Bridgehead site just posed too many challenges,” says Granum. “The extended delays and additional costs posed by the bridge and its ramps were more than we could accept. We’re delighted to consider these new opportunities that will allow us to move the project forward now.”

Progress is now swift! OMSI selected design firm Snohetta to lead the Master Planning team. Work on the plan began this month and is expected to be complete in Spring of 2017. We are powered by the vision of developing a public market as the showcase and reliable source for all the unique food and beverage offerings grown or created in the Pacific Northwest region.

How You Can Help

The Market is a true community-driven project that needs your support! Your donations are the ground-level support we need to enhance and grow Oregon’s food economy.donate_now_small
Donations are tax deductible and fully support the market. Please join other early Market supporters consider a donation today. A gift of any size makes a big impact. It’s quick and easy to give online or call (503) 208-2071.

About Portland’s Innovation Quadrant

The quadrant extends across the Willamette River and includes four districts in the central city. On the west side is Portland State University’s University District and Oregon Health Science University’s Marquam Hill and Schnitzer campuses. On the east side, the quadrant contains the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland Opera and Portland Community College.

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