August 7th through 13th, communities across the country will celebrate their local farmer’s markets during National Farmers Market Week.
Farmers markets are more than just an outlet for fresh produce and friendly farmers. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics, these grassroots venues have increased in number by over 60% since 2009 to more than 8,500 today. These markets preserve farmland, stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh nutritious food, improve community health, and promote sustainability. For example, growers selling locally create thirteen full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned while those that do not sell locally only create three.
“Farmers markets play a vital role in forming healthy, local food systems,” says Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture, sharing recipes, and exposing them to new foods. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier. “
We encourage you to attend a local farmers market to help support local, home-grown businesses. With help from the Idaho Farmer’s Market Association webpage, we have put together a list of 11 farmer’s markets near Boise and its surrounding areas.
Where: 1080 W Front St., Boise, ID 83702
When: Saturdays, 9AM – 1PM, April 2 – Dec 24
The Boise Farmers Market focuses on local food, cultivating new farmers, incubating new food ideas, and creating a community space to learn about food and sustainability. The Boise Farmers Market has a wide variety of producers and vendors that vary their weekly attendance based on the season. Find out who will be at market each week with the market map on their webpage.
Where: Various locations across Boise, ID, 83702
When: Multiple Dates and locations, June – September
You can find weekly schedules and locations on their Facebook page or on the Boise Farmers Market webpage. The Mobile Market accepts cash, check, debit and credit cards, EBT, and Sprouts tokens. Visit the Mobile Market and ask about the SNAP Match and Loyalty Card programs.
Where: 802 W Bannock St., Boise, ID 83701
When: Saturdays 9:30AM – 1:30PM, Apr 16 – Dec 17
The Market currently sits exclusively on 8th Street between Main and State Streets. The Market has been able to grow steadily and mature into a market consisting of up to 150+ vendors a day in the peak of the season, and now consumes 4 blocks of Downtown Boise. Maintaining a diverse mix of products offered for sale at The Market will provide direct marketing opportunities for growers, specialty food vendors, and artisan vendors alike. The Market is more than just a place of business; it is a mutually beneficial and sustainable community activity. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Where: Arthur Street between Kimball and 7th Ave., Caldwell, ID 83605
When: Wednesdays 3PM – 7PM, May 11 – Sept 21
About a half an hour outside of Boise is the Caldwell Farmers Market. More than 30 local vendors have everything from produce to honey, jewelry to baked goods and much more! Add in plenty of live music, ready to eat food and fun, and you’ve got the Caldwell Farmers Market! The Caldwell Farmers Market accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover debit or credit cards, and EBT Idaho Quest card. For more frequent updates, you can visit their Facebook page.
Where: Heritage Park, 185 E State St., Eagle, ID 83816
When: Saturdays 9:30AM – 2PM, Apr 23 – Oct 15
Eagle is located about 20 minutes outside of Boise. The Eagle Saturday Market is managed by the City of Eagle Parks and Recreation Department, one will find an array of arts and crafts along with local produce, herbs and flowers, woodwork, specialty food items and freshly prepared food. Vendor spotlights and event updates can be found on their Facebook page.
Where: Blaser Park, Emmett, ID 83617
When: Saturdays 9AM – 1PM, Wednesdays 3PM – 7PM, June – October
Emmett is located about 45 minutes outside of Boise. Available at the Emmett Farmers Market are garden fresh produce, delicious freshly baked treats, beautifully hand crocheted or knitted items, goat milk soaps, hand crafted jewelry, plants for your garden and landscaping needs, and so much more! You can follow the Emmet Farmers Market on Twitter, or check their webpage for updates.
Where: 3777 W Chinden Ave., Garden City, ID 83714
When: Tuesdays 4PM – 6:30PM, June – October
Garden City is within five minutes of Boise. This is actually a store front that hosts an organic farmers market on Tuesdays over the summer months. On August 21st they will be hosting a salsa festival. More updates on the farmer’s market and salsa festival can be located on their Facebook page.
Where: Homedale, ID 83628
When: Thursdays, 3:30PM – 7:30PM, June 2 – Aug 25
Homedale is about 50 minutes outside of Boise. The Homedale Farmers’ Market was founded in 2013 with the goal to not only bring produce to their community, but also to help the local school district. 100% of the proceeds from the market are donated in the form of grants to the Homedale School District’s fine arts programs; organizations like the high school drama club, music classes, and the school libraries benefit from these grants. More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Where: 201 W Main St, Kuna, ID 83634
When: Saturdays 9AM – 12PM, May 7 – Sept 24
You will find Kuna about 25 minutes outside of Boise. Fresh. Local. Fun. You will find fresh garden produce, flowers and plants, eggs, bread and sweets, and crafts at the Kuna Farmers Market. Stay updated by following them on Facebook.
Where: 33 E Broadway Ave, Meridian, ID 83642
When: Saturday 9AM – 12PM, June 25 – Sept 24
Meridian is within 15 minutes of Boise. Locally grown produce, homemade goodies and handmade arts and crafts are available for purchase. “Our community members have said they wanted a farmer’s market, but we wanted ours to be unique. The Youth Farmers Market gives kids an opportunity to profit from their hobbies, projects and passions.”-Mayor Tammy de Weerd. More information is available on their Facebook page.
Where: Front St. and 14th Ave., Nampa, ID 83651
When: Saturday 9AM – 1PM, Apr 30 – Oct 29
Nampa is located about 30 minutes outside of Boise. The mission of the Nampa Farmers’ Market is to provide a venue where local farmers, producers, crafters and artisans come together to provide a variety of fresh produce and locally crafted products directly to the consumer. The market encourages direct communication between consumers and producers and promotes nutritious food choices. For a closer look at what the market has to offer, you can check out their Facebook page.