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Buying and Eating Local—Idaho’s Street Markets

 

Idaho is a state thriving with street markets. The Treasure Valley, in particular, is jam-packed with these amazing public markets to visit in cities all around the Boise area, including Eagle, Caldwell, Boise, and Meridian. However, just because there are tons of local markets to visit in the Treasure Valley doesn’t mean there isn't plenty to be found across the rest of Idaho as well. Throughout the entire Gem State, there are great markets to visit and local artists, farmers, and other community members to support through buying goods at these great bazaars. Choosing to eat local and support local Farmers’ markets not only gives you the best quality of produce and other types of foods possible, but it also gives the community more money and saves gas from trucks not needing to ship things out and cause strain on the food itself. Eating locally is the best option for all—the community, the environment, the farmers, and you (think of all those fresh yummy veggies!).

As for other types of markets in Idaho, shopping locally for handmade goods and foods across Idaho will help support artisans in the local area and give back to your community and help it thrive. If you are a clothes lover, you can visit at a street market like the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market and come across rare finds that look like they should be at a high-end boutique but were made from the hands of an Idahoan living their dream. Or maybe a piece of artwork would catch your fancy; imagine a beautiful piece of one-of-a-kind art hanging in your home from a local artist. When you buy these types of goods from local creators, you help them with their dream, help the community, and add to your home and collection as well. It’s a big win for all.

If you want to check out a local farmers’ market near you in the great Gem State, the following is a list of different street markets you can visit in Idaho:

Boise Farmers’ Market

Eagle Saturday Market

Caldwell Farmers’ Market

Nampa Farmers’ Market

Emmett Famers Market

Marsing Farmers’ Market

Middleton Farmers’ Market

Homedale Farmers’ Market

Kuna Farmers’ Market

Capital City Public Market

Crouch Farmers’ Market

Nyssa Farmers’ Market

Parma Farmers’ Market

East End Market

Snake River RV Resort’s Annual Flea Market

Ketchum Farmers’ Market

Cambridge Farmers’ Market

Baker City Farmers’ Market

McCall Farmers’ Market

Mountain Home Farmers’ Market

Alpha Nursery and Garden Center Farmers’ Market

Cedar Street Bridge Public Market

A Street Soup Market

This list is just the beginning. Feeling overwhelmed? Let’s focus on a select few to give you an idea of what the local street markets in Idaho have to offer:

Capital City Public Market

One of the most popular markets around is the Capital City Public Market in Boise. There is a wide array of vendors and opportunities at this Saturday market, as there is a section specifically for artists and performances. This market has food, music, crafts, homemade goods, and more. From art glass and handmade leather goods to delicious fudge and fresh produce, the Capital City Public Market has goods for all. Covering multiple streets and with over 150 vendors, this is easily one of the most thriving markets in all of Idaho.

Eagle Saturday Market

From the beginning of May until the beginning of September, you can enjoy a wonderful Saturday Market in Eagle, Idaho in Heritage Park. Like the Capital City Public Market, the Eagle Saturday Market provides customers and perusers with a musical and artistic experience while providing the ability to purchase fresh produce and handmade goods such as woodwork and crafts.

Kootenai County Farmers’ Markets

In Kootenai County (near Idaho’s panhandle) there are two great markets to visit: the Wednesday and Saturday Kootenai County Farmers’ Markets. Much like the Eagle Saturday Market (and most markets throughout Idaho), these markets are seasonal and can be visited from May all the way until October. They feature delicious baked goods and artistic treasures in a county far from the state’s capital. The Saturday market is in Hayden, Idaho and the Wednesday market is in Coeur D’Alene.

A Street Soup Market

In the heart of Eastern Idaho lies a hidden gem. Unlike the farmers’ and artisan markets that are common and popular throughout the state, such as the ones mentioned above, this market is a place to eat your weight in soup in Eastern Idaho. Idaho Falls’ A Street Soup Market offers phenomenal bowls of soup and bread for the hungry traveler. It may be surprising that this street market shop is one of the most notable places to eat on travel sites regarding Idaho’s markets and local eateries. People just can’t get enough of the deliciously unique goods.

Whether you are looking for a good food market or a seasonal market for fresh produce and/or a fun artistic experience, you are sure to find what you are looking for throughout all of Idaho. Be sure to find a market near you!

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