Freshening up summer with local produce

Malheur Nursery’s booth at the 2017 summer’s Payette Farmers’ Market was one of those which were conveniently situated for drive-up customers.

Temperatures are rising and along with them are the opening of farmer’s markets in the area. This means fresh fruit and vegetables for purchase grown locally by community farmers and vendors.

In addition to produce, local crafters will be bringing an inventory of crafted products for sale to each market. Taking part in farmer’s markets in the area is a way to connect with neighbors and meet new ones while stimulating the local economy.

Beginning on July 9, the fourth annual Payette Farmers’ Market, presented by Payette Valley Food Connection, is happening in Payette Kiwanis Park. This weekly market encourages local nonprofit organizations and businesses to participate as hosts of the weekly markets.

For the opening market, the nonprofit hosts will be Valley Family Health Mobile Access Clinic (MAC) and Treasure Valley Classical Academy. This official start to the season demonstrates the ongoing commitment from local organizations for this event and others like it.

Also happening in the city of Payette is the Bancroft Farmers’ Market which launched its season on June 15. Several vendors are lined up for future markets, however, as one of the organizers, Kathy Dodson, noted in a recent interview, “We’re still recruiting.”

Payette is not the only town in the Western Treasure Valley to feature farmers’ markets. The Ontario Saturday Market has been in full swing since June 8 will be running thru Sept. 28. Times of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is in downtown Ontario on South Oregon Street. This year, it is estimated that more than 40 vendors will be in attendance offering a wide variety of produce and merchandise.

In a recent phone interview, Teri Anne Finnerty, one of Ontario Saturday Market’s organizers, said this event has been growing every year since it moved to Moore Park. The first year in the park only saw three or four vendors in attendance.

Just around the corner is the Weiser Farmers Market. A vendor meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 10 at the Weiser Train Depot at 1 State St. in Weiser. This meeting precedes the planned market opening on Aug. 1.

Be prepared to spend a great deal of time checking out all of the different contributions from Western Treasure Valley residents. Whether attending as a vendor, a patron or a visitor, local area farmers’ markets have something for everyone in our community to enjoy.

If you go

Bancroft Farmers’ Market — Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bancroft Park, 17 S. Eighth St., Payette

Payette Farmers’ Market — Every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Payette Kiwanis Park, Sixth Avenue South and Hwy 95

Ontario Saturday Market — Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moore Park, Corner of Oregon St. and Southwest First Avenue

Weiser Farmers Market — Starting Aug. 1, times to be announced.

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