Erin Hansen has officially opened the new Little Pig Market, but she plans to build the inventory based on what customers want to buy. Hansen owns the Little Pig, a coffee shop and eatery at 3685 10th St. in Baker City, and she it taking the same customer-led approach for the new market.
“When I started the Pig, it was, ‘What do you guys want?’ I need my loyal customers,” she said.
In April, Hansen bought a 40-foot-long building from Old Hickory Sheds to place in the corner of the Little Pig Coffee Shop’s parking lot. She and her husband, Dan, then spent the next few months outfitting the structure with reinforced floors, a ceiling of cedar siding, barn wood on the doors, a counter built from reclaimed lumber, air conditioning and a porch. They also insulated and sheetrocked the walls.
She said they worked on the project “every chance we got.” The Little Pig Market, she said, will offer locals another option for shopping on the north side of town.
“I thought we needed it, and I had space in the parking lot,” Hansen said.
Right now the market stocks a variety of soda, water and beer, as well as snacks, milk, cheese, butter, eggs and yogurt. Hansen is bringing in local fruit and vegetables as the crops become available and also offers local meat and bread.
“We’ve started to get local produce, and it’s really exciting,” she said.
She and her staff are also offering ready-to-go meals that people can pick up for dinner — barbecued meats and assorted side dishes. Each day’s offering is posted on the Little Pig’s Facebook page. A grand opening — what Hansen describes as “a Little Pig party” — will take place in August. For more information, or to inquire about the daily offerings, check the Facebook page or call 541-403-1520.