Many Pearl residents (myself included) have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Local Choice Market (I know I have). It is a locally owned market focusing on supplying consumers with local produce, meat, seafood, and grocery items. They have a coffee and wine bar, Farmatherapy bar (smoothie and juice bar), and deli. They support locally sourced food and local suppliers first and then if items are not available locally, they will support non-local items only if available in good supply, excellent quality and at reasonable prices from local suppliers.
So we set out to check out the market today. Great looking space with tables for deli items, beer and wine bar, and windows that will roll up during the summer. Nice spacious layout and great customer service. My complaints would be there they were really lacking in inventory. No beans, rice, tofu, pet supplies, and pretty much most “middle aisles” items. I was looking for a sauce like, Cafe Yumm sauce (since that is local) but nothing. Also, prices were pretty high. Salad dressing that I get at Zupans for $5.50 was $7.50, granola for $13.50, and hummus for $7. I certainly will pay more to support local brands, but these prices are more an occasional splurge vs. doing my regular shopping. Kellie had a bowl of Chicken Minestrone soup for $6 but said it was mostly broth and some finely shaved veges.
We will certainly go back and I do think that more inventory will come in. I certainly want it to be a success but I hope they are able to balance special items and more reasonably priced goods.
Local Choice Produce Market
830 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
MON – SAT 7am – 9pm
SUN – 8am – 6pm