A large tent on the corner of 13th and Brumback streets displays shelves of strawberries, nectarines, peppers of all colors, bushels of asparagus, tomatoes, cilantro and more. The Farm and Garden Produce stand opened in Hyde Park on May 25 and has already attracted a few regulars.
“We have some people that have already been in two or three times a day,” said owner Bonnie Harris.
Bonnie and her husband, Stephen, run the stand together with two other employees. Bonnie grew up on a farm and went to culinary school, while Stephen has worked at other fruit stands around Boise.
“The North End needed this,” Bonnie said. “They’re health conscious and buy locally. We enjoy working with local farmers and providing local food to the public.”
Stephen said Farm and Garden prioritizes selling local food first, but admitted only 5 percent to 10 percent of the products the stand sells now are local.
"But by July and August, it will be 90 percent," Stephen said.
Their produce will come from Global Gardens, a refugee farming program in Boise, as well as Morning Owl Farm. The stand also sells bread from Zeppole, milk from Cloverleaf Creamery and coffee from Dawson Taylor.
“As the season progresses, we’ll get more and more local produce,” Bonnie said.
Until then, much of their produce comes from Grasmick and Food Services of America. Stephen said he makes a trip out to the Garden City distribution centers and hand picks the pallets of fruit and vegetables he will sell.
"It saves on how many times the food is handled and makes it fresher here," Stephen said.
“We appreciate the support of the people in the neighborhood,” Bonnie added. “Business is getting better every day.”