Since its humble beginnings in 1959, the Oregon Natural Market has been the preferred local, independently owned natural/organic food market in the Eastern Oregon and Southwest Idaho region. Today, with over 40 years of combined experience, Michael and Emily Chase continue the family tradition of bringing honesty, integrity, and quality to natural products retailing.
The market offers fresh, organic produce, natural/organic grocery, a selection of grab-and-go food items, bulk foods, body care products, nutritional supplements, sports nutrition, aromatherapy, and general merchandise. We are the only natural foods grocer in our western region to have a dietician/nutritionist on staff to answer customer questions, offer nutritional consulting, and monitor quality control standards. We support nutrition research, integrative and holistic medical treatment modalities, and encourage lifestyle choices that promote wellness and protect our natural world.
Co-owner, Staff Dietician/Nutritionist
Michael is the third generation of his family to own and operate a natural foods grocery business. In 1956 Michael’s grandfather, Pat “Francis” Chase opened Chase’s Health Food in Boise, Idaho. At the time it was the first health food store in the State of Idaho. Over the next three decades Chase’s Health Foods, under the leadership of Douglas and Kenon Chase, would grow to three locations in Boise, one location in Pocatello, Idaho, and the Oregon Natural Market in Ontario, Oregon.
Michael was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and graduated from Boise High School. He completed undergraduate studies at Willamette University and received a BS in Clinical Psychology. Michael completed graduate studies at the Nutrition Institute of the University of Bridgeport where he earned a MS in Human Nutrition. Michael enjoys spending time with his family and staying physically active with strength training, and cycling.
Emily E. Chase (Heinz)
Co-owner, Business Operations, Marketing
Emily was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Ontario, Oregon. She attended the College of Idaho where she earned a BA in Business Marketing and Music. Emily comes from a long line of entrepreneurs which have influenced her passion, drive, and creativity for small business.
Emily has a great appreciation for the integrity and hard work of the organic farmer, and loves good, clean food!
Emily enjoys providing chauffer services for her two boys, and stays actively in pain through the help of CrossFit and running. It should also be known that Emily hates talking about herself.
Business Operations, Nutrition Education, Customer Service
Timmie was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2004, Timmie moved to Weiser, ID for a fresh start and new adventures. Being a vegan who transitioned to an ovo-lacto vegetarian, she assumed that because Oregon was the border state there would be numerous options for healthy vegetarian foods; she was sadly mistaken. Fortunately, she found the Oregon Natural Market in Ontario and the rest is history. She was hired in February of 2005 and has been an integral part of the market’s success ever since. Timmie completed a BS in Natural Health and uses her knowledge to help customers with their health and nutrition related questions. Outside of work Timmie enjoys treasure hunting vintage items, scootering, and spending time with her crazy dog Carl.
Customer Service, Business Operations, Merchandising
Tristan was born and raised in Lakeview, Oregon. He moved to Ontario, Oregon in 2009 and started taking courses at Treasure Valley Community College. His academic interests include music and communications. Tristan was hired in October of 2010 and has been a valuable and supportive team member. Tristan’s customer service skills are exceptional; you will always get a smile, friendly treatment, and excellent assistance with your shopping needs. Also, Tristan speaks Spanish. In his free time Tristan enjoys friends and family, working out, and playing music.
Customer Service, Merchandising, Database Management, Social Media
Alli was born and raised in the Treasure Valley until she moved to Los Angeles in 2014. During her time in Los Angeles she gained exposure to all different cultures and food. Several years later she returned with a new appreciation for home and its lack of traffic. Alli is insanely passionate about healthy eating, cooking, and learning new things about the natural products industry. When Alli isn’t at work you might find her listening to Hamilton, reading, trying a new recipe, doing yoga or spending time with her husband.
Customer Service, Bulk Foods Merchandising
Jake was born in Salem, Oregon and raised here in Ontario. He has one younger brother who he is very close with and two loving parents. Jake is a senior at Ontario High School and plans on going to TVCC to pursue an Associates Degree, then will transfer to a four-year college to pursue a degree in writing or film. Some things that Jake values as a person; leaving a small footprint on earth, keeping active by participating in sports, and trying to keep a healthy mind and body.
Customer Service, Merchandising, Database Management
Victoria has lived in Ontario most of her life and she is always interested in learning something new. Over the past four years she has incorporated a strict vegetarian diet as part of her journey to living a healthy lifestyle. Oregon Natural Market is her happy place where she is able to expand her knowledge of the natural products industry. Although she would much rather remain a mystery, there are a few fun facts she is willing to share. When Victoria isn’t working you might find her taking care of her fur babies Ginger and Grover. She is a self-taught knitter, with aspirations to become a Master Gardener, and is always ready to talk Astrology!