Clear the leaves out of your cruiser basket and straighten your sun hat; farmers market season is upon us. Beginning Saturday, April 16, at 9:15 a.m., the Capital City Public Market will officially open with the ding of a bell. Market browsers can then scramble for the season's first batch of fresh local produce, flowers and herbs. The opening market will also include the second annual Seedy Seed Swap, which provides an heirloom seed-swapping table for the duration of the market from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and seed-saving demonstrations at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, the market will host The Toyota Farm to Table Tour, which pairs local chefs and local farmers to create "thousands of complimentary bite-sized tastings that highlight fresh, local ingredients while providing guests a great opportunity to learn more about the market, the specialty farmers, the chefs and ways to eat and shop locally."
Some of the chefs participating in the event include Dustan Bristol of Brick 29, Andrea Maricich of Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery, Abby Carlson of Peaceful Belly, Christine Reid of Locavore, David King of The Modern Hotel and Paul Faucher of Wild West Bakery and Espresso.
Toyota will, of course, also be showcasing its vehicles--attendees can test drive the Prius V, the 2011 Prius, the Camry hybrid and the Highlander hybrid. In addition, market-goers can walk away with free potted herbs from the Toyota Mobile Garden.
For more info, visit farmtotabletour.com.
If you need more convincing that supporting the local food system is the way to go, check out a special screening of the documentary Food, Inc., a fundraiser for Think Nampa First at Northern Lights Cinema Grill in Karcher Mall. The movie will screen twice on Sunday, April 17, once at 4 p.m. for the all-ages crowd and again at 7 p.m. for the 21-and-uppers with local beer and wine available for purchase. A special presentation featuring members from the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, the Kuna Farmers Market, Vogel Farms and Bitner Vineyards will take place at 6 p.m. There will also be ample food samples from 5:30-7:30 p.m. from Blue Sage Farm, Green Goat Dairy, Brown Box Organics, Flying M Coffeegarage, La Belle Vie, Messenger Pizza and more.
For more info, visit thinknampafirst.org.