Some of the best produce comes from the late spring and early summer months, so now is a great time to head to Farmer's Markets around the Treasure Valley.

Here are some reasons to really appreciate the local produce, along with the hours and locations to some of the Treasure Valley's most popular Farmer's Markets.

The Boise Farmer's Market opened at the beginning of April at 10th and Grove in Downtown Boise, and it's open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm.  They've got a hundred vendors covering all the food groups, from waffles to tacos to pizza to coffee.

The Eagle Farmer's Market is at Heritage Park in downtown Eagle, and it's open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm through September.

In Nampa, the Farmer's Market is on Lloyd's Square on Front Street and 14th Avenue South in Nampa, and it's open from 9am to 1pm every Saturday through September.

Meridian has an open air seasonal market with over 50 Northwest vendors, and it's open on Saturdays at Meridian Crossroads Shopping Center at 1200 N. Eagle Road on the corner of Eagle and Fairview Road, through September.

There are other Idaho Farmer's Markets highlighted HERE.

It's a fun outing and it knocks out the grocery shopping for the weekend. Why not!

  • 1

    Produce is as fresh as it gets.

    The apples, tomatoes, strawberries, and peaches don't have to travel far to reach the fruit dish on your counter top.  They're grown right here in the Treasure Valley, and they're ripening at just the right time.

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    It supports the local economy

    Grocery stores are great, but when you buy from a local farmer you know your money is staying in the Treasure Valley and helping a local family make a living.  They've worked hard to till, plant, water, and harvest, and it feels good to support that effort.  So they'll keep it coming!

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    It's a great family outing

    US News says visiting a Farmer's Market is one of eight free ways to keep the kids busy this summer.  It teaches them about fresh ingredients and healthy eating, and it can start conversations about sustainable living.  And sometimes the vendors have balloons!

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    It's a chance to meet people

    Walking around the Farmer's Market gets us out of our usual routines and helps us meet people we wouldn't otherwise meet.  And seeing what other ambitious people around Boise are doing just might inspire us to start that salsa company we've been dreaming about.

    Plus, the "like" has more impact when you do it in person, rather than on social media.  Like that tomato.

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    It's more than just fruits and vegetables

    Local farmers are creating jars of honey which are great to fight local pollens and other allergies, and often they're making pickles, jams, and jellies too.  Oh, and bring on the smoky salsa.