Vendors Leave Capital City Public Market For Competing Boise Farmers Market

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The Boise Farmers Market plans to focus on local, sustainable produce and food items.
  • The Boise Farmers Market plans to focus on local, sustainable produce and food items.

A group of approximately 25 vendors, including Purple Sage Farms and Rice Family Farms, announced plans to split with Boise's Capital City Public Market in order to found a competing Saturday market, the Boise Farmers Market.

"We started organizing this new market in October, when it became apparent that our efforts to work within the structure of the Capital City Public Market were not going to work out, and the market seemed to be going in a different direction and against our business interests," said Janie Burns, who is serving as acting president of the Boise Farmers Market.

Burns said her Meadowlark Farm will be joined in the new venture by Homestead Natural Foods, Smith Berry Farm, Riverview Gardens and others, with plans to open on Saturday, April 6.

Burns said the market is currently in search of an outdoor location in downtown Boise.

Karen Ellis will serve as market manager. Ellis was the founder of the Capital City Public Market, but was fired by its board in September over accusations of poor business practices.

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