There are some really great sources for local produce in Boise, from markets to farmers’ markets to home delivery services. Summer is the perfect time to take full advantage of them as so many delicious local foods are available — everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, to canned goods, to beer and wine.
So, if you are looking for local produce in Boise, check out the following markets:
- Stonehenge Produce, W Fairview Ave.
- Grasmick Produce Co., E 42nd St.
- Boise Bench Market, 2207 W Overland Rd.
- Brown Box Organics, home delivery service
Boise Farmers’ Markets Hours + Locations
- West Boise Saturday Market: 3113 N Cole Rd., Art Zone 208: Hours: Saturday, 2016 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Capital City Public Market: 8th Street (Main St North to State St): Hours: Saturday, 2016 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
- Boise Farmers’ Market: 10th and Grove: Hours: Saturdays, 2016 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Old Fashioned Fruit and Veg: 2455 S Broadway AveHours: 7 days a week, 2016 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Local Boise Summer Produce, Goods + More
Here’s what you may find at your local Boise market or farmers’ market:
Strawberries, Asparagus, Tomatoes, Summer melons, Peaches, Sweet corn, Potatoes, Herbs, Lettuce, and Shaved kale.
AJ’s Salsa, Jams, Jellies, Applewood-Smoked Brisket, Pickled Onions, Baked Goods, Beer and Wine, Ballard Cheese, and Cloverleaf Creamery Products, to name a few.
Local Produce in Boise: How to Prepare Your Finds
Once you have a shopping basket or delivery box full of the freshest local produce Boise has to offer, if you’re like most people you might find yourself staring at vegetables and at a loss for how to make them pop. Preparing fresh veggies is kind of a lost art, but not to fear, here are some ways to make you go mmm!
Whether you chop or toss ’em, salads are one of the best ways to get your fruits and veggies. Try cucumbers, avocados, peas, green beans, edamame, broccoli and cauliflower.
Be brave and use pears, apples or strawberries, and for an extra zip, cut dressing with a splash of rice wine vinegar.
Here are more off-the-beaten-path salad ingredients: squash, radishes, beets, red onions, carrots, tomatoes, and bell peppers. These are all great sources of color, flavor, and nutrients.
There’s nothing like a little roast or char on your veggies. Chop them up, drizzle with olive oil and sea salt and your choice of spices or herbs and pop them under the broiler until they’re toasty, browned on the edges, and cooked all the way through.
Try this method for amazing eggplant, onions, squash, carrots, cauliflower, tomatoes, and much more. You can even make delicious, crunchy kale chips by roasting whole pieces of locally-grown kale!
Steamed and Mashed Veggies
We usually think of potatoes as the sole option for mashed veggies, but in fact you can mash any vegetable that’s sufficiently starchy. The different veggies you choose will give different flavors, so you can have a wonderfully complex taste that is worlds better than the plain flavor of mashed potato.
Try parsnips, cauliflower, and carrots as delicious options for spicing up this satisfying dish.