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It's market season

Published about 2 months ago • 7 min read

It's market season, y'all! There's a bunch of farmers markets kicking off this weekend, plus the kick off of Boise Flea's season in a new & much bigger location. I've got all the deets for you on today's podcast episode and below. Happy market shopping!


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Farmers Markets

Boise Farmers Market

  • Saturdays 9am-1pm
  • Located at 1500 Shoreline Drive Boise, ID 83702
  • Starts April 6
  • Ends October 26
  • Website

The Boise Farmers Market is a food-filled market that takes over a parking lot on Americana Blvd. It’s packed with locally-grown produce, meat, cheese, eggs, plants, flowers, seeds, and food trucks. See all vendors here. You can walk around and shop, or shop online ahead of time and pick your order up at the market. Also heads up: no dogs allowed at this market. Parking is available in the lot, enter via Shoreline Drive.

Capital City Public Market

  • Saturdays 9:30am - 1:30pm
  • Located on the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise
  • Starts April 13
  • Ends December 21
  • Website

Capital City Public Market has been going for 30 years! There’s over 90 vendors spread throughout the Grove Plaza selling art, baked goods, produce, herbs and spices, clothing, jewelry, and more. See all vendors here. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times. No designated market parking available, utilize street and garage parking in downtown Boise.

36th Street Sunday Market

  • Sundays 10am-3pm
  • Located at Sockeye Alehouse on 36th Street (3823 N Garden Center Way, Boise)
  • Starts April 14
  • Website

Sockeye Brewing opened a location in the old Garden Center on 36th Street and now they host a lil market every Sunday! There’s usually about 20 or so vendors, everything from fresh produce, herbs, spices, arts and crafts, and more. Also, they serve beer (of course) and brunch on the weekends! Free parking available in the parking lot.

Meridian Main Street Market

  • Saturdays 9am-2pm
  • Located next to Meridian City Hall and in City Hall Plaza (33 East Broadway Avenue, Meridian)
  • Starts April 13
  • Ends October 12
  • Website

Meridian’s Main Street Market has vendors set up on City Hall plaza and along the street selling fresh produce, artisan goods, crafts, and more. They also have live music and food trucks. There’s two parking lots for market parking (map here) or street parking.

Nampa Farmers Market

  • Saturdays 9am-1:30pm
  • Located in Lloyd Square Park (1 14th Ave S, Nampa)
  • Soft openings April 6 & 13; Official opening April 20
  • Ends November
  • Website

Nampa’s Farmers Market has been going on since 1989 and this year they have over 240 vendors! You can shop for produce, meats, cheese, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, ready to eat food items, plant starts, flowers, crafts, and more. New this year, you can order online and pickup at the market! Dogs are allowed but have to be on a leash at all times. Also every year they do a hot pepper eating contest! Winner gets $300 & a bottle of Tums lol.

Eagle Saturday Market

  • Saturday 9am-2pm
  • Located at Eagle City Hall (660 E Civic Lane, Eagle)
  • Opens May 4
  • Ends October 5
  • No market on July 6 & 13
  • Website

Eagle Saturday Market is celebrating its 22nd year this year. Shop for fresh produce, flowers, handmade goods, artisan goods, local food and more. There’s also live music during the market. Parking available throughout downtown Eagle. You can check out all the vendors here.

Caldwell Farm to Fork Market

  • Tuesdays 5-8pm
  • Located on Indian Creek Plaza (120 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell)
  • Opens May 14
  • Ends September 24
  • Website

Caldwell’s Farmers Market is held on Tuesday evenings on Indian Creek Plaza. The Tuesdays on the Creek live music series happens at the same time in the same place. There’s tons of vendors there selling fresh produce, farm goods, arts and more. There’s free parking throughout downtown Caldwell. No dogs allowed at this market.


Sponsored by Ballet Idaho

Passion. Intrigue. Murder. Madness.

What more could you want in an evening at the ballet? On May 3-5, Ballet Idaho will present two extraordinary one-acts: Carmen and Walking Mad.

Brazilian Choreographer Ricardo Amarante returns to create the full Carmen, set to Rodion Shchedrin’s score for percussion and strings after the well-known Bizet opera. With new scenic designs by Andrew Boyce (who designed Ballet Idaho’s 2022 Peter and the Wolf), this intense narrative is brought to life through the lens of Amarante’s seamless and sensual choreography. As Carmen is both heroine and antagonist, one cannot help but follow her path of heartbreak as she incites bitter jealousy and ultimately passionate rage in this lush one act story ballet.

Since its 2001 creation for the heralded Netherlands Dance Theatre, Johan Inger’s Walking Mad has been a staple for contemporary dance companies around the world. Set to the well known music of Ravel’s Bolero and Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina, this intense (and sometimes comical) romp through scenes created by nine dancers and an ever-changing wall is an experience you will never forget.

You won’t want to miss Ballet Idaho’s Carmen and Walking Mad on May 3-5. Get your tickets now!


More Markets!

No New Vintage Market

  • Once a month on Saturdays, 10am-4pm
  • Dates: April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14
  • Located in the Linen Building
  • Instagram

No New Vintage Market is a monthly market in the Linen Building with a dozen or so vendors selling tons of vintage clothing, jewelry, art, and house stuff. They also usually have a tattoo artist doing small tats and sometimes piercings too. There’s no designated parking lot, just street parking in downtown Boise.

Boise Flea

  • Second Sundays (plus a few others) 10am-4pm
  • Dates: April 14, May 12, June 9, June 30, July 14, August 11, September 8, September 29, October 13
  • New location in BSU East Stadium parking lot (1188 W University Drive, Boise)
  • Instagram

Boise Flea is back with some major changes this year, most notably a new location. For years the Flea has been jamming vendors into the narrow streets around State Street and 31st Street. New this year, the Flea is moving to BSU stadium parking lot - exciting! There’s over 100 vendors with all kinds of vintage treasures to explore, plus food trucks, and Push and Pour's coffee cart slingin' bevvies. There's also $5 on-site parking available. Super close to the Greenbelt too, so biking/walking is super easy.

Children’s Entrepreneur Market

  • Multiple dates + locations:
    • Sat May 4, 8:30-1pm at Payette Brewing, Boise
    • Th May 9, 4-9pm at The Center at Canyon County Fair
    • Sat May 11, 10am-1pm TRICA Children’s Arts, Boise
    • Sat June 1, 11am-1pm Quickwater Academy, Meridian
    • Sat June 15, 5-8pm Foote Park, Middleton
    • Sat July 27, 9am-1pm Cherry Hill Farms, Caldwell
    • Sat Sept 21, 4-8pm JUMP, Boise
    • Sat Sept 28, 12-5pm Foote Park, Middleton
  • Website

The Children’s Entrepreneur Market is a farmers & craft market run entirely by kids - so cute! It started in Utah and has now expanded to 15 states. Kids are challenged to be in charge of deciding what to sell, creating a booth, talking to customers, and handling the money. Parents can help set up the booth and then they sit back and watch their kids do their thing!

Super Summer Craft Market

  • Sat June 8, 9am-4pm
  • Located in Flying M Coffee Garage parking lot (1314 2nd St S, Nampa)
  • Website

Super Summer Craft Market is an outdoor craft fair with 30+ local vendors selling unique art and goodies. They also do a winter market called Hip Holiday Craft Market that happens on the first Saturday of every December. Parking is available in downtown Nampa.

Summery Market

  • Friday, June 14 (4-8pm) & Saturday, June 15 (9am-5pm)
  • Located in the Rose Garden at the Expo Idaho (5610 N Glenwood St, Garden City)
  • Website

Summery Market is one of the largest indie craft, handmade and vintage markets in the northwest. There’s sooo much to find! They also do a holiday market in November called Wintry Market. Admission $5 each day (kids 12 and under free) and parking is free. No dogs allowed.

Art in the Park

  • September 6-8
  • Located in Julia Davis Park
  • Website

Art in the Park is an annual art market that brings more than 200 artists from all over Boise and the northwest to Julia Davis Park. There’s tons of arts and crafts to explore, plus food, live music, entertainment, and hands-on activities for kids. Parking is street and garage parking in downtown Boise.

Meridian Fine Arts Festival

  • June 29-30
  • Located in Kleiner Park (Kleiner Memorial Pkwy, Meridian)
  • Website

The inaugural Meridian Fine Arts Festival is happening this June in Kleiner Park in Meridian. There will be 125 artists and craftspeople with their goods for sale, plus live music, entertainment and food trucks. It's free to attend!

Alright there's the list! Did I miss any markets? There are some certain holiday markets and such, and I'll have those listed for you in Thursday newsletters - of course!

Thanks for reading!

With love from Boise,

Marissa

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