Boise, Nampa Farmers Markets will be open this Saturday
Thousands of people are expected to come to downtown Boise this Saturday when the public market reopens.
BOISE, Idaho – Editor’s Note: The video is from a You Can Grow It article at local farmers’ markets that aired in April.
The Capital Public Market returns to downtown Boise on Saturday.
Last year, the popular Farmers’ Market operated in Garden City with around 55 vendors selling meat, drinks, and arts and crafts.
Janil Miles as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Capital Public Market. She says they are delighted to be returning to the city center where the tourists are. “It will be a vibrant experience to go out and shop,” she said.
She estimates that around 10,000 people will come to the market every Saturday. That’s about two-thirds of the number of people who walked out in 2019. The booths will be six feet apart and Miles says there will be plenty of room for people to spread out. They will follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 and will not force people to wear masks.
On the sellers side, 68 registered to participate. Miles expects that number to increase to between 70 and 90, as it once did when the restrictions were lifted.
The capital’s public market will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 17. It moved from its old 8th Street location two blocks from Idaho and 10th Street.
The change was made as 8th Street is now filled with expanded terraces for downtown restaurants that were created to help patrons socially distance themselves during COVID restrictions imposed by the city of Boise.
Miles says there is a lot of parking downtown for customers. She recommends using one of the city’s parking lots, which only charge $ 6 per day on Saturdays. There is also a parking guide on the Capital Public Market Facebook page.
The market is open until October 30. Afterward, Miles says they are moving to Boise Center on the Grove for their holiday markets in November and December.
The Nampa Farmers Market celebrated its big founders’ day on Saturday.
The market started in July 1989 with only three sellers. There are 94 vendors registered to participate on July 17th.
The market is bustling with a community of farmers, artisans, food vendors and bakers selling their products.
Organizers say there will be a 1980s-themed celebration that includes a costume contest. Dress up in 80s costume for a chance to win prizes. There will also be free cupcakes while supplies last.
Music will be provided by Mom & Double Image.
The Farmers Market is held at Lloyd Square Park in historic downtown Nampa and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is between Front and 1st Street South and between 13th and 14th Avenue South.
The Nampa Farmers Market runs until October 30. All locally made products and items come from a 160 km radius of Nampa.
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