By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Council endorses Saturday Market plan

The council unanimously approved Marrant’s request to operate the market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday on D Street, just off Main, and close the half-block area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The market debuted Saturday. It is currently scheduled to wrap up Aug. 24, but he’d like to keep it running through the fall if he could find a way.

Marrant said he has been working 60 hours a week to get the market set up. After the meeting, Mayor Corey Adams and members of the council congratulated him on his effort and wished him well.

Marrant had to create an organizational vehicle, obtain the necessary permits, line up insurance coverage and sign a “hold harmless” agreement in order to secure council approval.

No one associated with the market is salaried. Marrant said he secured donations from supportive organizations and individuals to cover the cost of permits, insurance, marketing, cleanup and such.

The goal is to move the market to the West Valley Community campus next year and make it a permanent fixture. To that end, Marrant plans to create a steering committee consisting of a manager, assistant manager, two vendors and a representative of the community at large.

Marrant was born and raised in McMinnville. He graduated from McMinnville High School in 1997 and Willamette University in 2001.

He operates a Willamina business called Food is Medicine. Potential vendors or volunteers can contact him at 971-237-1894 or

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