Bandon Farmers Market Has New Ownership
Today the Port of Bandon Commissioners unanimously agreed to a approve a new expanded lease, covering all the Fisheries Building, to the current lease holders, Farm and Sea. The lease agreement includes a provision to continue the tradition of a Fish and Farmers Market in the space, and Farm and Sea owners Lori and Barry Osborne are exited for the opportunity to run the market and integrate operations. They have already begun the process of reaching out to numerous vendors who are interested in the upcoming season.
In 2012 the Port of Bandon created the Old Town Fish and Farmers Market inside the newly acquired Bandon Fisheries Building. With the management of Peggi and John Towne, the Port had brought to life a community and tourist attraction that has continued to grow for over a decade. In 2021, with many years of dedicated service to the Port and Market, we saw the retirement of Peggi and John Towne. With help from GBA and Port staff, the 2022 Farmers Market continued and thrived even under reduced size which was necessary to help alleviate Covid-19 concerns as well as parking constraints given the episodic closure of the privately owned gravel lot across the street.
As the Port of Bandon passes the torch on what started with less than 10 vendors 10 years ago, there is no doubt that Farm and Sea will continue to improvise and sustain a Fish and Farmers Market, along with other uses within the building, that the town of Bandon and its tourists have come to know and appreciate.
The Port of Bandon wishes Farm and Sea and future vendors of the newly transferred Fish and Farmers Market all the success going forward.