When you want the freshest food, the best place to look is at local farmers markets in your area. In Boise, Idaho, you have several options, and one of them is the Boise Farmers Market. Not only is it a great place to get some of the freshest food possible, but you will also be supporting local farmers, producers, and other food growers, raisers, and makers. Supporting the local economy is important, but beyond that, you will be able to buy the freshest food possible, all while meeting the people responsible for the production of the food that you eat. That is a win-win situation.
Of course, the Boise Farmers Market isn’t all about the food. You can learn about the importance of a sustainable food market, how local foods help the economy, and all you have to do is enjoy the experience, meet the people, and try some great tasting and fresh local foods. While the Boise Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, there are other options if you aren’t able to make it to the market on a Saturday. In addition, they have great programs in place for children as well.
The Mobile Market
Every Saturday, at 11th and Grove, the Boise Farmers Market is open for business. During the summer, however, you will have other options to be able to shop at the market if you can’t make it downtown on Saturday. From early June to late August, the Boise Farmers Market Mobile Market is available at other locations around the city throughout the week. They have collaborated with Boise Parks and Recreation in order to provide you with fresh and local produce right in your neighborhood. If you have children, let them play in the park while you shop.
· Monday. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oak Park Village at 2888 Cherry Lane. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Latah Village Apartments at 3905 W Alpine Street.
· Tuesday. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Redwood Park at 2675 N Shamrock Avenue.
· Wednesday. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Park at 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Northwest Pointe Apartments at 3475 N Five Mile Road.
· Thursday. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Winstead Park at 6150 W Northview.
The Mobile Market will also be available from late August to late September in the Northwest Pointe Apartments at 3475 N Five Mile Road. However, times have yet to be determined. For more information, visit the Boise Farmers Market’s website. Just like the Boise Farmers Market, the Mobile Market also accepts SNAP benefits.
Sprouts Kids Club
Enjoying and learning about fresh and local food is something that children can enjoy as well. A weekly event, the Sprouts Kids Club at the Boise Farmers Market is a wonderful program for children between the ages of five and 12. The program will teach children about food and where that food comes from. The Sprouts Kids Club encourages children to take an active role in their food choices by eating healthy.
Learning about food isn’t all that the children will be able to enjoy, however. They will also be given a “Passport to Health” and a reusable bag. They also receive two tokens each week, worth $1 each, that they can spend on food at the Boise Farmers Market. Not only does this help children learn about the local food and economy, but it also enables them to take an active role. Children will also enjoy activities, like scavenger hunts, gardening, learning about nutrition, and even cooking classes.
To learn more about the Sprouts Kids Club, or to sign children up, visit the information booth at the Boise Farmers Market. Local food is not just for adults. By enabling children to take an active role in local food and food choices they can contribute to the future.
The Taste of Freshness
There is a lot to enjoy at the Boise Farmers Market. You have plenty of opportunities to shop at the market throughout the week during the summer, or every Saturday starting in April. Your experience of the market doesn’t simply end with shopping there, however. Get advice from the Market Chef, and learn some great tasting recipes using the local food you just purchased.
The Boise Farmers Market is not just a great place to support local farmers; you can also get inspired to cook with fresh foods with great advice from the Market Chef. Support your local food producers, and learn more about your food. You will have a great time, and you’ll find great deals at the same time.