Ours is one of the oldest farmers' markets in the state of Idaho. We have expanded our range of offerings and market hours over the years. Our market was started in in 1980 as the Boundary County Farmers Market with the help of our County Extension Agent, Ben Studer. The original site (at the fairgrounds) was fiercely windy and hard to find, and in a few years we moved to our location in the city parking lot which is more convenient for customers and vendors alike. The beautiful Bonners Ferry area is scenic and in the summer many many tourists stop through the market for a taste of local color. We have grown from a few hardy souls selling produce and bare-root plants to an average of nearly 30 vendors per market day with everything from salad mix, herbal vinegars and spices to handmade soaps, handspun yarn, basketry and lawn furniture. Many local small businesses have goten their "training wheels" by participating in our market. In 2004 we added a Holiday Market in November showcasing holiday gifts, winter produce, and local artisans. This was such a success we have added it to our yearly calendar.
Market Goals and Mission
- To encourage a locally grown available food supply in the Boundary County area featuring variety, quality, freshness, and sustainable agriculture.
- To give local growers and producers of farm-related products alternative marketing opportunities by providing consumers and local farmers and opportunity to interact directly with one another.
- To provide opportunities for local farms, food producers and artisans to test and refine their products and marketing skills.
- To enhance the quality of life in the Boundary County area by providing a community activity which fosters social gathering and interaction.