WESTERN TREASURE VALLEY – Summer is a reminder for everyone to mark their calendars for all the local farmer’s markets setting up shop in the valley. Each week presents a unique opportunity to support local growers and take part in purchasing their home grown produce.
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 at 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.
Rob Ruth contributed to this story.