When the snow starts to melt on the foothills and the ice turns to spring rain, signs of warmer months ahead pop up everywhere: tulips, cherry blossoms, green grass, and of course, farmers markets. There’s nothing that says “spring is here!” more than a lineup of booths and tents stocked to the gills with fresh local produce, handcrafted art, and more. In Boise, we’re lucky enough to have several local farmers markets to choose from within our city, and even more around the Treasure Valley. Here’s your guide to Boise's farmers' markets.
Boise Farmers Market
Schedule: Saturdays, April 6th thru October, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
1500 Shoreline Dr, Boise, ID
Founded in 2013 by 25 innovative local food vendors, the Boise Farmers Market is a food-centric weekly attraction from April through October, with an indoor winter market during November and December. The Boise Farmers Market is your destination for all things local food, agriculture, and drinks: with a specific mission to support “regenerative, healthy food and agricultural system by operating a vibrant marketplace featuring locally grown and crafted products.”
This market continues to grow in popularity, and in 2019, they’re popping up at a new, bigger location to support their continued expansion. The Boise Farmers Market also goes mobile throughout the summer, bringing fresh produce to parks and public areas and making good food even more accessible to everyone.
Capital City Public Market
Schedule: Saturdays, April 13th thru October, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
8th St and Idaho St, Boise, ID
It’s hard to miss Boise’s original farmers market that packs the heart of downtown Boise every Saturday from April through October. This iconic market has everything your heart could possibly desire on a Saturday morning: delicious food, creative local art, jewelry, clothes, soaps, and so much more! Sample wine and beer crafted by area makers, grab a cup of Boise-made coffee, eat a fresh donut or crepe—at the Capital City Public Market, the possibilities are endless.
In November and December, the market moves to the Grove Plaza and features extended hours for their Holiday Market, so you can be sure to pick up a Boise-made gift for everyone on your list.
Meridian Main Street Market
Schedule: Saturdays, April 13th thru October 12th, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
33 E Broadway Ave, Meridian, ID
Visit beautiful downtown Meridian on any Saturday morning from April 13th to October 12th and you’ll find the streets overtaken with colorful, exciting local vendors and their products. Hand made food, art, crafts, clothing, and entertainment are all featured at this fast-growing market.
The Meridian Main Street Market also has a unique and powerful mission to support young entrepreneurs: they have a special emphasis on vendors who are under 18 years old and want to start earning money from their passions, hobbies, and big ideas. Head to Meridian this weekend to see the locally-made goodness and support area entrepreneurs.
Eagle Saturday Market
Schedule: Saturdays, May 4th thru October 5th, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Heritage Park, 185 E State St, Eagle, ID
The growing Saturday market in charming, historic downtown Eagle is gathering bigger crowds every year and delivering fresh and local goodies every weekend from May through October. Eagle’s Heritage Park has that nostalgic, old Americana feel, and there’s nothing more appealing than wandering the rows of local vendors with live music floating through the air along with the enticing smells of delicious food.
Their annual Harvest Party ends the market year with a bang and is an autumn must-attend event for many Treasure Valley residents. Bring the whole family for a morning of locally-made fun!
Emmett Farmers Market
Schedule: Wednesdays 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. June 1st thru October
4504 W Park St, Emmett, ID
Visit the “Valley of Plenty” every Wednesday and Saturday from June through October for the Emmett Farmers Market. Emmett is a beautiful town nestled against rolling hills and is known for its scenic, agricultural feel. The Emmett Farmers Market is true to this vibe and features local farmers, vendors, makers, and musicians.
Hosted in peaceful Blaser Park next to the historic train depot, this market is a treat for your senses, from live music to delectable local food. You may even get to pet a few dogs or goats as this tight-knit community comes together to celebrate everything Idaho.
Nampa Farmers Market
Schedule: Saturdays, April 27th thru October, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lloyd Square Park at 13th Ave and Front St, Nampa, ID
2019 ushers in the 31st year of operation for the vibrant Nampa Farmers Market, a weekly affair from April through October in historic downtown Nampa at Lloyd Square Park. Founded in 1989 by pioneering community members, the Nampa Farmers Market is one of the longest-running markets in the area and today it’s a bustling hot spot for food, agriculture, crafts, homemade goods, and more.
The Nampa Farmers Market has played an important role in the continued revitalization of this beautiful city, and it lures Treasure Valley residents with promises of relaxed entertainment and quality goods for sale.
All around the valley, you can gather with residents and local vendors to celebrate good food, great art, handmade crafts, and more. Get out there and enjoy the warm season in the Treasure Valley with one (or all!) of these markets.
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