Wednesday farmers market denied


The Boise Department of Parks and Rec won't allow a group of small farmers to use Capitol Park as a venue for a Wednesday night farmers market, according to a memo presented to the Parks and Rec Commission yesterday.

BW covered the Wednesday market story a few weeks ago. A small group of local growers sought permission to sell produce on Wednesday evenings at the park on Bannock Street in front of the Statehouse.

Now they are asking Mayor Dave Bieter to overturn the denial.

According to the memo,  Parks and Rec director Jim Hall felt the proposal did not match existing policies for Boise parks, and sent the market coordinator, Lindsay-Rose Medoff, a letter explaining why.

Among the reasons for denial: for-profit vendors are generally not allowed in any park, vendors can be approved for events, but not as the event itself, concerns with turf conditions and parking.