James Beard Public Market

The mission of James Beard Public Market is to showcase the best of Oregon's food producers and the incredible abundance of Northwest farms, forests, ranches, waters, fields, orchards, vineyards, farmers markets, breweries and restaurants. Together we'll celebrate our region's bounty, the diversity of our communities and Oregon's culinary traditions at the public market!
Oregon's Market

Portland’s reputation as an exceptional food town is thanks in large part to the ability of Oregon culinary communities to draw on the extraordinary 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.

James Beard Public Market, a State of Oregon 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, remains committed to establishing a daily year-round, indoor/outdoor marketplace showcasing Oregon's food bounty. As one might expect, the pandemic placed some obstacles in the path, but public market efforts will resume once the path is clear.

Recognizing the need to highlight and support food systems now more than ever, the James Beard Pubic Market team, in partnership with food and farm organizations statewide, shifted their immediate focus to creating an online platform to do just that and Oregon Taste was created.

Learn more about Oregon Taste or Browse the Directory

Why James Beard?

Native Oregonian James Beard was raised in a Portland boardinghouse run by his mother, Mary Elizabeth, and their beloved boardinghouse cook, Jue-Let. With an upbringing centered around the importance of cooking and eating good food, Beard managed to turn his knowledge and passion for good food into a living. Living abroad and many years in New York City, he hosted the first national cooking program in the history of television and ultimately authored 22 cookbooks. But it was his childhood here in Oregon, with the ethnic markets, fresh seafood, locally made cheeses, wild berries, fresh fruits and vegetables from the Willamette Valley, and mushrooms harvested from a nearby field, that gave him a taste for what was possible. He returned to Oregon often to spend time at the coast. Oregon foods remained among his favorites throughout his life. He fervently believed in sourcing fresh local foods and products from small family-run businesses. Above all, he valued the importance of cooking seasonally and simply. That's the inspiration behind James Beard Public Market.

Learn more about James Beard from our friends at the James Beard Foundation.

Who We Are

The Historic Portland Public Market Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under which James Beard Public Market and Oregon Taste operate. It grew out of a task force made up of a diverse group of Oregonians committed to creating a public market to showcase the state’s bounty and honor Oregon native James Beard. The foundation has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to bring its vision for Oregon's public food market to life.

Our Board
Pippa Arend
Owner, Good Fortune Consulting, and Artist
Board President
Jim Bean
Provost, University of Oregon (Retired)
Janie Hibler
James Beard Award winning author
Ru Budhi
Commercial Real Estate Professional
Nancy Ponzi
Co-Founder, Ponzi Wines
Michael DeVaughn
University of Portland, Dean of Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business
Martin McClanan
Managing Director, L2M Brand Accelerator
Amelia Hard
Chef & Restaurateur
Wendy Lane Stevens
Partner, Finn Partners Public Relations
Greg Higgins
James Beard Award Chef, Higgins Restaurant
Jacobsen Valentine
Executive Director, Feed the Mass
David Sigal
Owner, Gabbiano's
Javier Hurtado
Owner, Cha Cha Cha Taqueria
Richard Harris
CEO, Central City Concern (Retired)
Jessica Elkan
Executive Director

Supporting James Beard Public Market and Oregon Taste

OregonTaste.com is a permanent public service brought to you by James Beard Public Market. Your gift can do so much to help connect communities through food by linking consumers to Oregon's fresh food producers—farmers, ranchers, fishers, growers and makers.

Your donations are put to good use keeping the farm directory updated and operating, providing free promotions and features for our listed farms, and maintaining collaborations and initiatives with our statewide community partner food and farm organizations who share the commitment to bolstering Oregon's local and regional food systems.

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Thank you for sharing the vision of more vibrant, sustainable and connected food systems throughout Oregon.

The Historic Portland Public Market Foundation (dba James Beard Public Market, Oregon Taste) is recognized as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are fully tax deductible as allowable by law. Tax ID No. 26-0070100.