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Salem Public Market, Salem Oregon
Salem Public Market
1240 Rural Ave. SE, Salem OR 97302
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History of the Market

Covid-19 Update

We are, and will always continue to remain OPEN during any Covid restriction or lockdown.

Salem Public Market is essential food market. Some vendors may be closed under certain restrictions but all produce, meat, coffee, baked goods and other food and essential products will be in attendance every Saturday.

Covid Modifications currently in place:

Masks are required indoors.
Social distancing will be enforced.
One way traffic in building please.
Building capacity will be enforced.

Thank you for shopping local!


In 1943, Salem homemakers had an enjoyable and long-established custom of driving to farms and orchards in Marion and Polk counties during midsummer and Autumn to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for preserving, making jelly and freezing. The inconvenience of tight gasoline rationing was keenly felt in Salem. A Salem native, who was familiar with 'Saturday Tailgate Markets' in California and knew that farm-truck owners had more liberal gasoline rationing than city dwellers, went to a meeting of the Salem City Council and asked them to authorize the holding of the tailgate market on Saturdays at the south end of Marion Square and on the street alongside.

Wind and rain made continuing the outdoor enterprise impractical. Then the suppliers sought out some means of selling their produce within some type of shelter. Through a trustee, they rented vacant land at the northeast corner of High and Union Streets. Two of the enthusiastic farmers bought the property. The whole group put together a building using lumber, windows and other material from Camp Adair, where dismantling of the old buildings was in progress. Salem Public Market was incorporated as a non-profit on April 19th, 1944.

In 1946 members of the corporation bought and paid for the present market site at 1240 Rural Ave SE. There were no buyers for the building at High and Union Street. So market members took down that building and rebuilt it at Rural St. Much of the labor was volunteer, as it is today.

Attention Prospective Vendors

All interested new vendors must use for your application to be considered. Creating a vendor profile is free and easy. Please do not use the vendor application in the navigation bar.

Multiple Booths Available All types of vendors are welcome to apply
Wanted Vendors: Produce, cheese, fruit.

For additional information or vendor inquires please contact us at [email protected], 503-380-6613 (Trisha Henny)
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