PAYETTE — The week of Aug. 4-10 celebrated farmers markets nationally. This year, the Payette Farmers Market was in full swing during its fifth market week and hosted more than 180 visitors. Market attendees were given complimentary farmers market tote bags provided by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, as well.

Despite the local market not receiving funds this year for a paid VISTA AmeriCorps position, it has operated with an all-volunteer staff.

“We had so many people asking us to continue the market and such great response from vendors, citizens and community advocates alike, there was no option other than to make it happen again this year,” said acting market manager Liz Amason in a news release. “We were a little slow starting up with a good inventory of produce, but things have really turned around.”

The market is currently averaging 16 vendors and 160 patrons each week, according to Amason.

“We encourage community members to come by, if for nothing else than to visit with the large gathering of people that sell at or attend the Farmers Market. It’s a Community Thing is the Market’s motto and there really is no better way to describe the energy of this weekly event.” Amason said.

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