For nearly 40 years, the Bonners Ferry Farmers Market has provided a wonderful tradition for both locals and vendors during the summer months. It is one of the oldest farmers markets in Idaho, with an average of 30 vendors each market day who offer everything from salad mix, herbal vinegars and spices, handmade soaps, handspun yarn, basketry, jewelry, fine art, bakery goods, children’s clothing, pottery, flowers and even lawn furniture.
But the Farmers Market, which was originally located at the Boundary County Fairgrounds before moving to its current location at the City Parking Lot, is more than a place for vendors to sell their goods; it has allowed some businesses to expand. According to Board Chair Gail Cathcart, some of the vegetable vendors have gone on to do deliveries as well.
And for those who find themselves missing the market atmosphere and crafts during the off season, the Farmers Market also hosts a Holiday Market each November offering an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts by local artisans and winter produce, something they have been doing since 2004.
The mission of the market extends beyond encouraging a locally grown available food supply in the Boundary County area that features variety, quality, freshness and sustainable agriculture; those involved with the market also seek to enhance the quality of life in Boundary County by providing a community activity that fosters social gathering and interaction.
Looking to shop local and have fun while doing so? Be sure to visit the Bonners Ferry Farmers Market each Saturday from 8am to 1pm and visit with friends and neighbors. It’s a wonderful community event that also supports our local businesses. And who knows, your support may allow one of those businesses to expand and grow.