It’s National Farmer’s Market Week! Do you love fresh, locally grown produce? Handmade foods and items by your friends and neighbors? We know you do! So do we. With that in mind, we thought we would share the list of Magic Valley area markets with you. Come on out and celebrate National Farmer’s Market Week at any (or all) of these area markets. credit for article: Tetona Dunlap – Times News/magicvalley.com
Twin Falls Farmers Market
Season: May 13 through Oct. 28
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Breckenridge Endowment Farm on North College Road, across from the CSI Expo Center
How Many Vendors: 70-80
What you’ll find: Local products such as fruits and vegetables, jellies and jams, homemade bread and pies, dog biscuits, trail mix, homemade baskets and pottery, crafts, homemade silk scarves, home decor and jewelry. The Twin Falls Public Library’s Bookmobile will be there. Cindy and Gary Braun will play at the market on Memorial weekend, Labor Day weekend and the last day of market. New vendors will sell goat soap and goat milk, furniture made out of wooden pallets and there will be a stand selling hot dogs.
“I’ve had those and they are really, really good,” said organizer Sabrina Davis. “They are like the hot dogs you get off a New York street vendor.”
Great Harvest Bread Company will be back as will a stand selling drinks and shaved ice.
Information: Sabrina Davis, 208-487-3688, or search for “Twin Falls Farmers’ Market” on Facebook.
Jerome Farmers Market
Season: June 3 through Oct. 14
When: 9 to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Mountain View Barn, 392 East 300 South in Jerome
How many vendors: 20 to 30
What you’ll find: You’ll find the usual farmers market fare — vegetables and fruits — at the Jerome Farmers Market with a few items you can’t find anywhere else. There are lavender products, 10 kinds of honey, soap, refurbished furniture, jerky, baby blankets, jewerly, pet products, candles and even face painting.
“You can buy meat from Scarrow Meats, who will be a vendor at the market,” said organizer Kathy Bartholomew. “It just continues to grow. We’ll have South Hills gourd art, cupcakes, stir-fry veggies, homemade jams and jellies and balsamics and infused olive oils.”
Don’t miss the Harvest Festival on Oct. 14. “That’s an unbelievable party and it’s going to be bigger and more dynamic than ever.”
Information: Kathy Bartholomew, 208-731-8394, or go to farmersmarkets.cr.org.
Gooding Farmer’s Market
Season: May 29 through Mid Sept
When: 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays
Where: Main Street in Gooding, across from Ridley’s Market on Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind park land.
What you’ll find: Fresh produce, breads, treats, handcrafted soaps, and hand crafted gifts and home decor.
Buhl Senior Center Wednesday Market
Season: July 19 to Sept. 27
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays
Where: Parking lot at the Buhl Senior Center, 1010 Main St., Buhl
How many vendors: 20 to 25
What you’ll find: Spudnuts are a specialty of the Buhl Senior Center. Every other week you can find this potato doughnut at the market, or cinnamon bread.
Other items included fruits, vegetables, baked goods, barbecue meats, jams and jellies. The market ends Sept. 27, but if vendors still have produce, it’s been known to stay open until November.
Information: Lynnette Butler, 208-543-4577
Crossroads Farmers Market in Shoshone
Season: June 16 through mid-October
When: 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays
Where: Lincoln County Courthouse lawn, 111 West B St. in Shoshone
How many vendors: six
What you’ll find: Last year’s market took place on Thursdays. This year, organizer Lucinda Heiken moved the farmers market to Friday to attract more visitors. Expect to find local honey, fresh pies and bread, fruits, vegetables and crafts. Later in the season there will be Mexican street corn seasoned with mayonnaise and cheese.
“It’s pretty good,” Heiken said. “We’ll be working on entertainment if we can get some. It’s a nice place to stop in the shade.”
Information: Lucinda Heiken, 208-544-2444
Wood River Farmers Market
Season: June 13 through Oct. 10 in Ketchum and June 29 through Oct. 12 in Hailey
When: 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays
Where: Hailey’s farmers market will be across the street from the grassy lot on Carbonate Street this year. The Ketchum market is at Fourth Street Heritage Corridor.
How many vendors: Hailey receives 15 to 20, and Ketchum has 50 to 60.
What you’ll find: The Ketchum market will feature beer from Sawtooth Brewery and Sun Valley Brewery is joining Hailey’s market for the first time. You can also find cheese, yogurt, produce, eggs, meat, honey. There are also scarves, ponchos, jewelry, pasta, homemade sauces, wood bowls, pottery, pies, jams and jellies.
“We also accept food stamps and double the bucks,” organizer Kaz Thea said. “We are really trying to reach out to the community that receives food stamps and encourage them to come to the food market and buy healthy fresh food.” Customers who spend $20 on food stamps we will be matched by the market up to $20.
“The people that use it, it’s really really important to them,” Thea said. “We just want to attract more of those customers. There will be music periodically. Get to meet your farmer. Occasionally we have nonprofits come and set up a booth.”
Information: Kaz Thea, 208-720-7805
Market on Main
Season: July 5 through Aug. 15
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in conjunction with Twin Falls Tonight
Where: Between Shoshone Street and Gooding Street in downtown Twin Falls
How many vendors: about 25
What you’ll find: You can find some produce, but the majority of vendors sell food and crafts. Items include jewelry, home decor, elephant ears, barbecue, kettle corn and fire oven pizza.