Eat local, meet local at Boise’s Capital City Public Market

Katie Bee Raw Honey's cutest salesperson

Katie Bee Raw Honey’s cutest salesperson

Traveling to see famous sites is one thing.  But if you don’t stop for local finds, you’ll just be missing out, I say. Like Boise’s Capital City Public Market where foraging for food and meeting farmers and other famous folk is just plain fun!

Take this guy for instance . . . just packing and re-packing crisp red Jonathans from Kelley Orchards near Weiser, Idaho.  When I arrived at the market, his bushel basket was full to the top . . . but not for long.


Or what about just standing and gazing at this booth?  Fall doesn’t get any prettier than what they see in Givens Hot Springs, Idaho, I guess, and they brought some of it to Boise on Saturday.  Their banner reads Direct from our Ranch to your Home, and I guess it is since they toted gourds and “punkins” all the way from Hardtrigger Canyon.  Heck, I would have bought some just ’cause these folks are so darned friendly.


Their booth wins my vote for the color award! Couldn’t resist taking a picture of this display of green and gold gourds. (Or is this squash? I’m a city girl, OK?)


Ah, but there’s more.  Like what this guy was sellin’: Kobe beef and lamb — weighed right on the spot.


And plumcots that you see here dubbed flavor rich by the sweet lady who offered me a sample.  (She’s right.  They WERE flavor rich!)


The freshest, prettiest greens came from Farhan’s Family Farm where you could pick up an almost flawless head of buttery tastin’ lettuce for a whole lot less than what you’d pay in sweat equity if you were to plant them yourself.


I even met someone famous — Abdi Haji who was the recipient of the ICSA 2012 Outstanding Local Farmer Award.  And no wonder.  Spend two minutes with this guy, and you’ll be smiling the rest of the day.  Nice veggies, handmade signs, and a chance to meet a hard worker proud of what he does.  Doesn’t get any better.


By this time, though, I was getting hungry.  You can only pass by booths of pastries, fresh coffees, and assorted concoctions so long before you succumb, and I was ready.  And what choices I had!

If you crave carbs (and who doesn’t?), Boise’s got you covered.  Mini doughnuts cooked right on the spot by this guy first caught my eye.  (After all, if they’re small, there aren’t many calories. Hmmm.)


But not far down the closed-off street, I met these ladies from Rolling in Dough who’ve just opened a new location downtown at 928 West Main Street, Suite 100.  From the looks of things, their new shop will be a don’t-miss destination, especially as folks rush into the office craving a doughy delight.


Also tempting was The Creperie’s fare — freshly filled crepes cooked and rolled up right on the spot.  (Click here for a shot of the The Creperie cooks in a previous post.)  I saw a lot of folks walking around holding a paper sleeve cradling their worth-the-wait breakfast crepe, but no one could tell me their favorite.  They’re all good, they said.


What I really wanted was this huge poulichette from Le Café de Paris, but I do have restraint. Sometimes.


Instead, I helped myself to a sample of Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette from the Urban Rustic Gourmet just ’cause these happy ladies were so insistent. And exuberant!


And then, like the sucker I am, I bought a handmade pork-filled hot tamale from these cute kids.  (Yes, it’s still the breakfast hour, and I’m eating a tamale.  What?)


Their mom dipped into her stash of tamales down in this cooler and pulled out one that turned out to be just what I wanted:   a tender,  not-too-spicy tamale that you can eat any time of day!


I washed it all down with a sample of BuckSnort Root Beer . . .


and then wished I weren’t traveling so I could take home some beautiful glads from this gentleman wearing a flower-bedecked apron and a big ol’ smile.


These ladies from Molly’s Mills let me sample a bread cube dipped into The Idahoan, a seasoning blend of garlic, jalapeno, onion, and sea salt.


In the background of my culinary adventures was soft music played by this young lady who’s only in middle school but sounds like she belongs in the symphony.


And I smiled as I watched this affable balloon man dazzle a kid with his twisting expertise.


It was a good morning, even if it was only a one-shot affair for me.  But if you’re in the Boise area, you can treat yourself to all this and more if you head to 11th and Grove any Saturday from 9 to 1.


The Boise Farmers’ Market is a whole lotta fun — and tasty, too!

IMG_1163For more information, check out the Facebook pages for these vendors:

BuckSnort Root Beer:

Garcia’s Tex-Mex Grill:

Le Café de Paris:

Rolling in Dough:

The Creperie:

Urban Rustic Gourmet:

For Katie Bee Honey, click here.

Capital City Public Market

8th Street, Idaho Street, and the Grove Plaza

For previous posts on farmers’ markets, check these out:

Saturdays are special at Red Stick Farmers Market:

It’s Family: Knoxville’s Market Square Farmers’ Market:

And for more on our adventures through the Inland Northwest, go to our Inland Northwest page at the top of this blog. Thanks!

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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16 Responses to Eat local, meet local at Boise’s Capital City Public Market

  1. Melissa says:

    All the pictures of vendors you posted are actually found at the Capital City Public Market on 8th Street, Idaho Street and on the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise – not at the new Boise Farmers Market. The link for our website is: Thank you.

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks for letting me know. I’m not sure how to change the title, but I can certainly add a statement based on what you’ve shared. All these things sort of ran together for me as I wandered the streets and got caught up in the fabulous booths and people.

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Melissa, I’ve changed the title and info at the bottom. Hope this clarifies where folks can find all these great vendors and fabulous food. The blog is rescheduled for 1/30/2014. Thanks again for the comment. I’ll be in Boise this coming week!

  2. Awesome! I don’t know how you passed up Rolling in Dough. I need those ladies to be my new best friends!! And I love Garcia’s! Nice people, great food. I’m glad you got to taste some of their wares! If you get a chance, try their chips and salsa.

  3. I adore farmer markets!! The two colored squash…was remarkable…too cute too eat♥

  4. Amy says:

    It’s a good thing, good for the environment and local economy. Open market is a great place for people to interact. Great photos, Rusha!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I loved being there. I had to “weekend over” since my trainings were on the both ends of that weekend, but what a great way to spend the weekend in Boise!

  5. FreeRangeCow says:

    Oh, Rusha! What a beautiful homage you paid to my capital city. I am absolutely ADDICTED to the maple balsamic you featured. Also? If you break those mini donuts before you bite them, I *think* all the rest of the calories fall out. ;oP

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