James Beard with strawberries

The James Beard Public Market: Oregon’s Market

Portland’s reputation as an exceptional food town is thanks in large part to the culinary community’s ability to draw on the bounty of Oregon’s lands and waters. The state boasts countless farms, vineyards, breweries, farmers markets and restaurants, but one key element has been missing for decades: a flagship public market to showcase the best of Oregon in one location.

That void will be filled by the James Beard Public Market, a daily, year-round, indoor-outdoor marketplace. The market, named in honor of the Oregon-born “dean of American cookery,” will feature more than 50 permanent vendors, 40 day tables, full-service restaurants, a teaching kitchen and event space. Explore the Market.

Why James Beard?

James Beard was a famous chef and writer and Portland native who helped start the movement for fresh local food in the United States. Shopping with his mother at Portland’s public markets gave him an early appreciation for Oregon’s culinary riches. Learn about James Beard from our friends at the James Beard Foundation.

Making the Vision a Reality

We are now actively working toward building the public market and opening its doors as early as 2020. If you share our vision, please help make the James Beard Public Market a reality by making a tax-deductible donation today.

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