Idaho is a state that produces; whether it be agriculturally, industrially, commercially, or in the kinds of people that come from the Gem State, Idaho creates products and people that are quality. Much of this comes from rich backgrounds in nature, with agriculture, in particular, being one of Idaho’s most important economic asset, if not the most important. Proof of this is in the pudding, so to speak, as not only is Idaho one of the nation’s largest producers of potatoes (in the billions of pounds per year), but also one of the nation’s most prolific agricultural states in general.
Some of the best and most enjoyable evidence of this, however, is found in the abundance, quality and importance of farmer’s markets in Idaho. You would be hard pressed to go to any town, anywhere in Idaho during the spring, summer and fall and NOT find a farmer’s market, fruit stand or something akin to either of these either in that town or nearby. This holds true even for the more developed areas of Idaho such as Ada County and Canyon County, which is where we’ll be focusing our attention for this article.
Probably one of the most important things about a farmer’s market, besides the obvious things like the products and produce in general, is the people. Going to farmer’s markets in the Treasure Valley, you are bound to run into some of the most friendly, down to earth, hardworking people you will ever hope to meet, selling not only the fruits of their labors but the fruits of their personalities, experience and sacrifice. It would not be overzealous to state that a trip to a Treasure Valley farmer’s market is not only good for your pantry but good for your peace of mind.
Farmer’s Markets in the Treasure Valley — A Long-Held Tradition
This is to say nothing of the amounts of original products, start-up farms, generationally owned established, small businesses, artisans, and city involvement that goes into every single one of these markets. Many of those that plan these markets have years, even generations of experience doing so, which not only means well supplied and well-organized markets but quality products and quality businesses and individuals supplying them. Some communities, like Boise, are privileged to have two separate farmer’s markets that operate on similar days, times, and times of the year. These are the Boise Farmer’s Market and the Capital City Public Market, both located in downtown Boise within an easy walking distance of each other. There are a number of others located in the Treasure Valley, however, so wherever you live in either Ada County or eastern Canyon County, you’re never far from one of these amazing markets. Kuna, Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa, to name a few, all boast at least one of these farmer’s markets a piece, and all are well worth the trip.
Here are the dates and times for some of these local markets:
Boise Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 7 through Oct. 27, Republic parking lot, 10th and Grove streets, Boise. 208-345-9287, theboisefarmersmarket.com.
Capital City Public Market: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 14 through Dec. 15, 8th Street — Main to State streets, Boise. 208-345-3499, capitalcitypublicmarket.com.
Kuna Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 28 through Sept. 29, Bernie Fisher Park, 201 W. Main St. No market Aug. 4 during Kuna Days. 208-922-5929, kunafarmersmarket.com.
Nampa Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 28 through Oct. 27, Lloyd Square Park, 13th and Front streets. 208-461-3814, nampafarmersmarket.com.
Caldwell Farmer’s Market’: Starting May 9 – Wednesday evenings from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Located in the park at Blaine and Kimball next to TVCC.