Farmers Market Finds has seen many little farmer’s markets evolve into a source of community pride, activity and entertainment. The Capital City Public Market in Boise, Idaho is one of those markets. From its early beginnings 22 years ago, the market has been expanded 5 times and now resides in an area of 4 city blocks in the heart of downtown Boise.
The market has grown from a little market to a hub of activism that cultivates a sense of community, supports the ideals of shopping local, promotes new methods of eco-friendly farming (such as hydroponic farming), and creates a space where people can be connected to the heart of all that makes Boise such a unique city. Operating 36 weeks a year, from April to December (including a fantastic Holiday Market), the market showcases up to 150 regular and part-time vendors. The vendors include unique samplings from the Pacific Northwest like salmon caught on the Alsek River in Glacier National Park by Alsek Fish, garden art, metals and sculptures from Oregardenworks, and wooden utensils from salvaged or recycled wood by Treeworks. In addition to the wide assortment of food, produce, and craft vendors, the markets host some of the regions best wineries from the Treasure Valley region, craft root beer producers and ciders makers.
In addition to the wide variety of food, flowers, produce and artisan works available at the market, the market also partners with various initiatives, such as Global Gardens. Global Gardens is a community garden program and farmer entrepreneur initiative developed by the Idaho Office for Refugees. The gardens are developed on donated lands and help refugees earn a living as they adapt to a new culture and language. The Global Gardens program helps refugees, mostly women and children, from areas around the world. While at the market make sure to stop by Siteys Family Farm and the Umoja Na Uhuru World Farm to see and support this unique program.
The Capital City Public Market is a bike friendly market. Its close proximity to Boise State University and 25 miles of Greenbelt encourages shoppers to visit by bicycle. Park at The Bike Barn a designated parking area that offers a valet bike service. Certainly not something we see all the time! No matter how you get there or why you are lucky enough to visit this eco-friendly city, be sure to check out all this wonderful market has to offer!
Capital City Public Market
800 W. Bannock Street
Boise, ID 837-2
Saturdays from 9:30am – 1:30 pm (April-December)