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Capital City Farmers Market Makes Sunset's Top 10

And the Boise Co-op opens a sushi counter

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Sunset Magazine, a glossy monthly mag that covers travel, food and design in 13 Western states, recently named the Capital City Public Market one of the top 10 farmers markets in the West. Ranked at No. 6, the CCPM is sandwiched between the Santa Fe Farmers Market in Santa Fe, N.M., and the San Joaquin Farmers Market in Stockton, Calif. According to the article, the top "find" at the Boise market is a new booth:

"See those folks walking around with mason-jar mugs? Follow them to the BuckSnort Root Beer booth, where on tap is Bellevue, Idaho-brewed tea that blends molasses, cane juice, wintergreen and natural roots like licorice and a sassafras extract. Imagine, a soda that's actually good for you."

To read the entire piece, visit sunset.com.

Speaking of good for you, Boise Co-op has been offering a stash of under-the-radar, super-cheap, in-house sushi next to its meat counter. Apparently word has gotten out. A few weeks ago, the co-op opened a full-time, made-to-order sushi counter next to the brats and sausages.

Though prices have gone up--from around $4.99 to $6.99 a roll--you can now dream up and order your own sushi, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Roll options include fresh items like Chilean rock crab, hamachi tuna, mango, avocado, sunflower seeds and kabayaki sauce.

The co-op uses mostly organic produce in its sushi, only serves natural pickled ginger without food coloring or aspartame, and offers brown rice upon request.

From brown rice to barley, Brewforia is presenting another beer festival, slated to take place Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 7, from noon to 7 p.m. in Ann Morrison Park. The Barley Bros. Traveling Beer Show will offer 200 beers from more than 80 craft brewers, including regional favorites like Ninkasi, Deschutes and Rogue and more obscure breweries like Bear Republic, Laurelwood, Chuckanut and Raccoon Lodge Brewpub.

Two weeks ago, Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery introduced its newest concept: Tuesday Night Family Style Dinners. Each Tuesday features a different seasonal menu served in family-sized portions for one flat price per person--$11 for adults and $5.50 for children 12 and younger.

Last week's menu included garden herb-marinated grilled shrimp skewers, roasted Yukon gold potatoes, grilled corn on the cob with ancho chili butter, Farmer Marty's sugar snap peas, and fresh bread and butter.

Whether you're flying solo or bringing the whole Brady Bunch, Salt Tears guarantees no one will leave hungry. Also, if you want a cold glass of sauvignon blanc or an IPA to wash back your meal, Salt Tears also recently secured its wine and beer license. To view the full booze menu, visit salttears.com.

After running into some unforeseen inspection delays, R&R Public House in Meridian has finally opened its doors. The food and beer pub had a soft opening on June 27 and its official grand opening on June 28 29.

The menu features items like Puget Sound Manila clams, steelhead and Cornish game hen with sides like mustard greens with ham hocks, Brussels sprouts and roasted root veggies. Beers currently on tap include Unita porter, Dog Father stout and Anchor Steam Liberty ale. For more info, visit rrpublichouse.com.

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