By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Marketplace developing around new brewery

The Granary District is moving to replace the McMinnville Public Market, primarily a Saturday operation, with a set of five- or six-day vendors offering selections of meat, seafood, flowers, coffee and other products.

Managing Partner Kelly McDonald said the previously announced Grain Station Brew Works, a community-supporting local-brew operation, will be the centerpiece of the new development. But he said it will take up only about 40 percent of the former public market space, leaving substantial room for other vendors.

McDonald said the venue already had several holdovers, including The Soup Shack, Chicken Coop and Shaggy Showers Dog Wash. To augment them, he said he has so far signed The Garden Shed, Mud River Coffee, Northwest Fresh Seafood and a meat market, which will be a venture of former Thistle chef Kyle Christiansen.

In addition to putting to use the 8,000 square feet under cover of a historic warehouse recently restored to its original grandeur, the district is planning to expand and enhance adjacent outdoor space.

McDonald said what he has in mind is a miniature version of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, centered around food.

He said there would be a lot of crossover among vendors. For instance, he said, spent grain from the brewery will go to a local farmer, who will be raising livestock for the butcher shop, which will be producing sausage for the brewery where the grain originated in the first place.

“We’re pouring local and we’re serving local,” he said. “The whole thing becomes local sourcing within the building.”

McDonald is partnering with longtime Golden Valley brewmaster Mark Vickery in the new brew pub venture. They expect to have it operational by the end of July.

Some of the auxilary shops figure to open sooner, including The Garden Shed, which is doubling its space. Barbara Braun, who owns and operates the fresh produce outlet with her husband, Jim, is hoping for mid-June — just days off now.

Braun, who joined other former Public Market vendors in offering products every Saturday at the McMinnville Grange on Old Sheridan Road, said the goal is to get the best and freshest fruits and vegetables as they come into season. She said local selections will be featured whenever possible.

“It’s going to be a great venue,” she said. “I’m very excited about all the new plans for the area. It’s really a good draw for the community.”

She said she and her husband planned to continue participating in the new Grange venture as well.

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