Fresh food, new friends, and great community!

Posted by Kevin Hughes on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 4:31pm.

Home Grown Lettuce and CarrotsWant some fresh vegetables? Want to meet some new friends? Want to spend a great day in the community with great activites? Just come to an Idaho Farmer's Market! Once the purview of the poor and the rural populace, the farmer's market has today become trendy, a mingling point for the cool and the hip, and a barometer of sorts for the social climbers and the health-conscious.  One might argue that today's farmer's market has displaced the local hang out as the communal center, become the current  decade's answer to drive-in movie theaters, fern bars, fitness centers, and coffee shops -   places where communities - large and small - come together.  As a result, the number of farmer's markets across the country has proliferated like mushrooms after rain.  Just in Idaho, there were nearly fifty new and ongoing farmer's markets as of 2009/10. 

Farmer's Markets of the Idaho Panhandle - Bonners Ferry, CDA and  Moscow

Bonners Ferry
"Cultivating community since 1980," the farmers market of Bonners Ferry is one Idaho's oldest markets; situated at the top of the Panhandle, it is also the northernmost. Open Saturdays, it operates from May 1st until October.  Its thirty vendors offer everything from baked goods, plants, fruits and vegetables, to pastas and beeswax candles.

Couer d'Alene
Lovely Couer d'Alene has at least three ongoing farmer's markets.  Not to be missed is the Kootenai County Farmer's Market, which features local organic produce, herbs and tinctures, also offers live music, and operates Saturdays from May until October.  The CDA Outdoor Market is notable in that it has expanded from a farmer's market to a large affair with over 100 vendors selling crafts, fashion, fine art and home decor. This operates Saturdays from November through April.

Moscow
Founded in 1977, the Moscow Farmer's Market has, from the first, featured farmers, artists and craftsmen, and musicians.  Along with fresh meat, specialty produce and delectable baked goods, the musical offerings include Gefilte Trout, Snake River Six, Potato Head, and Hog  Heaven Big Band.  This runs from May to October, on Saturdays. 

Farmer's Markets of Middle Idaho - Riggins and Salmon

Beautiful Rose in IdahoRiggins
It seems as though almost every little town in the middle of Idaho has its own farmer's market - places like Lewiston, Lapwai, Grangeville, McCall and Cambridge - but the Salmon River Canyon Farmer's Market in Riggins specializes in local produce, fresh bread, and prepared foods.  Located near the western border of Idaho, this market operates on Thursdays, May to October.

Salmon
Lemhi County Farmer's Market in a remote eastern Idaho town Salmon, is small, opened only in 2009.  Offering local produce, fresh breads, works by local artists, and flowers, the market is also home to the famous Idaho Spud Fudge.  It  operates on Saturdays from June to September. 

Farmer's Markets of Southern Idaho - Boise and Pocatello

Boise
Idaho's Treasure Valley is awash in farmer's markets, but its best and largest is Boise's Capital City Public Market. Founded in 1994, it numbers 150+ vendors, takes up six blocks downtown, and operates on Saturdays from April to October.  

Pocatello
Portneuf Valley Farmer's Market in Pocatello has operated since 1990. Featuring over 100 vendors, the market specializes in fresh produce, unusual art - gourd sculptures - and features live bluegrass music. Operating on Saturdays, it runs from May through December.

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