Farmer's Market Nampa ID

Local resource for farmer’s market in Nampa. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to local produce and organic food, as well as advice and content on healthy eating.

Nampa Farmers Market
(208) 371-3774
1st St. South & Front St.; 18458 11th Ave., N.
Nampa, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April-October Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Canyon

Caldwell Farmers Market
(208) 454-1853
12th & Dearborn at Serinity Park; 521 North 10th Ave. - PMB 109
Caldwell, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
County
Canyon

Capital City Public Market II
(208) 345-9287
Edwards Green House, 4106 Sand Creek Rd.; P.O. Box 2019
Boise, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Meridian Farmers Market
(208) 376-2610
3852 N. Eagle, Between Ustick & McMillan; 10400 Overland Rd., #266
Boise, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-September Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Ada

Grangeville Farmers Market
(208) 983-1569
Heritage Sq., Main Street; 108 N. State Street
Grangeville, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon

Middleton Farmers Market
(208) 455-7510
Ridley's parking lot on Highway 44; 16409 Oasis Rd.
Middleton, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Thursday, 4:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
County
Canyon

Eagle Saturday Farmers Market
(208) 631-3630
Heritage Park, Corner of State & 2nd St.; 660 Civic Ln.
Eagle, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Ada

Capital City Public Market I
(208) 345-9287
Downtown Boise, N. 8th St. Between Bannock & Idaho St.; P.O. Box 2019
Boise, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
November-December Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Old Towne Ustick Farmers Market
(208) 376-1338
Between 5-Mile & Cloverdale Roads; 11295 Ustick Road
Boise, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
County
Boise

St. Maries Farmers Market
(208) 245-2831
Main Street, near Hughes Historical House; P.O. Box 82
St. Maries, ID
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-September Friday, 2:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
County
Benewah

Agriculture Shock

The simple act of planting a seed and watching it grow has degraded
into bizarre synthetic agriculture based on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
More disturbing still are the so-called genetically modified “Frankenfoods” that
further distance fruits and vegetables from nature. But most distressing of all,
chemical agriculture’s crops may contain significantly less nutrition than you think.

By Eric Schneider

November 2007

 When thinking of agriculture, it’s easy to imagine the scene of a farmer in a sunlit field or Johnny Appleseed planting a future orchard. However romantic, these notions touch on the inherent simplicity of farming, which—at its most basic—involves people working with nature to produce food beyond their immediate needs. What doesn’t come to mind are planes dropping clouds of chemicals on an expanse of crops or scientists working to modify plant genes. But, increasingly, these are common aspects of modern agriculture.

 Natural farming methods served the world well for thousands of years. But while the Industrial Revolution brought about exponential innovation and vastly greater yields, in the last half of the 20th century even these strides seemed insufficient in the face of surging population and an insatiable desire for productivity above all else. This quest for ever-higher yields initially focused on deterring crop-eating animals and insects, ultimately leading to many decidedly non-organic tactics.

The elder statesmen of unnatural agricultural practices, chemical pesticides came into prominence during the 1940s. Though pesticides were generally quite effective in exterminating harmful insects, it was discovered that they also left behind compounds that poisoned the environment. This issue was publicly exposed in writer/biologist Rachel Carson’s renowned 1962 book, Silent Spring, which led to the widespread banning of the synthetic DDT and essentially jump-started the environmental movement. But pesticide use has continued (and even increased) since that time, resulting in depletion of nutrients in the soil—which, in turn, means less nutrients in crops—as well as chemical residues that remain in produce. While the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on pesticides, the trace amounts allowed in many foods can still be linked directly to illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In a 2005 report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a disturbing 73% of fresh fruit and vegetables tested showed detectable pesticide residues.

Frankenfood Future?
    Concern about pesticides not only brought about increased environmental awareness, it prompted a shift towards organic food, particularly in recent years. Generally overlapping with this period, however, has been the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the result of scientists altering the structure of plants to obtain a specific immunity or trait rather than ach...

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