Press Release - February 21, 2007


MEDFORD, Oregon. - February 16, 2007 -An enthusiastic crowd lined up to purchase the $100 subscription fee that would designate them as members of the co-op and as among the 1,000 Founding Friends of the Medford Market, the region’s newest food co-op. The successful fundraising event, coordinated by the Medford Market Board and co-hosted by Grilla Bites of Medford, swelled to over 200 attendees, and buzzed with energy and excitement as the co-op’s newest owners joined many existing owners for an evening of local music, art, and fine food and wine sampling.

The co-op is well on it’s way to reaching the goal of 1,000 subscribers by April 1st, although opportunities still exist to join the Medford Market Co-op, “We’re extremely gratified that so many great people have come out to work with us and help build a much needed full-service food store emphasizing natural, organic and locally produced food in downtown Medford,” said Velda Welch, president of Medford Market Cooperative Board. �h new membership moves us closer to completing our mission of providing local food, local culture, and local choice. We really appreciate the support the community has shown.”

On Friday night the co-op added 61 new owners, bringing the total to over 700 members. Approximately 20 Rogue Valley restaurants and food producers prepared a fabulous “Taste of Local Culture”, and seven wineries presented a delicious sampling of local wineries. The Gayle Wilson Trio provided wonderful background music with an elegant, spirited style. Several local artists displayed original works of art, with a portion of their sales benefiting the Medford Market Co-op. The enormous encouragement that the downtown businesses and wineries of the valley showed through donation of their products and services for the event was hugely appreciated.

Food services, wineries, and artists who donated their services to make the event a spectacular success were.

Food services: Grilla Bites, SOS Pears, Rogue Creamery, Applegate Valley Artisan Breads, Great Harvest Bread Co., Lilly Belle Chocolates, Soup to Nuts, Jackson Creek Pizza, Katrina's Salsa, Porters, Jacksonville Inn, Deli Down, Heart Song Chai, Eco Tea, Full Circle Bison Ranch, 38 on Central, Gary West Meats, Romano's Italian Soda, Rising Sun Farm, Mellelo Coffee, Eat in the Raw.

Wineries: Valley View, Eden Vale, Weisingers, Troon, Madrone Mountain, Paschal, Bear Creek/Bridge View, Devitt.

Artist: Anna Elkins, Kendra Lichtenwalner, Janet Keller, Leslie Lee.

Music: The Gayle Wilson Trio.

Please go to the web site: for more information about the co-op and to link to sites of those who donated their services.

The Medford Market is a member-owned, full-service food cooperative that will provide wholesome food to people of the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon. Grand opening is anticipated in fall of 2007.

Our Motto:

Live Locally: Local food, Local culture, Local choice