Tis’ the season; the trees are in bloom, the rain has finally calmed its spastic bouts, and the sun has warmed the air. It is finally time for the local Saturday Markets to share their bounty once again.
Farmers’ markets are a great way to experience Idaho’s countless offerings. They’re also celebrated for being “green” events. Since locally-grown produce does not travel as far to get to your table, the difference in mileage saves fossil fuels. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, if you want to experience local Idaho fare in one location, a farmers’ market is the ideal setting.
In downtown Boise, the Capital City Public Market takes place on 8th Street between Bannock and the Grove every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m April through early fall. Vendors include artists, bakeries, dairies, florists, wineries and organic vegetable and chicken farms, to name a few. The market also features live music.
The Wood River Valley has two lively farmers’ markets in Ketchum and Hailey on Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hailey’s market also features an artist’s market where local artists and craftspeople can share their work. Vendors at the Wood River farmers’ markets must live within 100 miles of each city, ensuring the locality and freshness of the products.
In North Idaho, the Moscow Farmers’ Market has been occurring since 1977. Located in Friendship Square next to the historic Hotel Moscow, the market takes place every Saturday from May through late October from 8 a.m. until noon. Like others, the Moscow Farmers’ Market allows citizens and visitors to interact with local producers. Live music is featured – check out the schedule here.
Celebrating 20 years in existence this year is the Sandpoint Farmers’ Market. The market takes place Wednesdays and Saturdays at Farmin Park on Wednesday from 3 – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Many of the vendors in Sandpoint have been selling their goods there for years. The Sandpoint market features special days and celebrations like “Kid’s Day” and “Harvest Fest.” Local musicians also perform.
Other Idaho farmers’ markets include Mountain Home, Hollister, Soda Springs, Riggins, Pocatello, St. Maries, Twin Falls, Caldwell, Nampa, Eagle, Grangeville, Idaho Falls, Kuna, Meridian, Middleton and others. Click here for a listing of all farmers markets across the state.