Setting up on Saturday mornings, April to October, rain or shine, the Nampa Farmers’ Market has been running for more than three decades. This Nampa institution brings an added bustle to the Historic Downtown and over time has grown to average 60 to 70 vendors every week. There’s always an inviting selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as specialty foods like organic herbs, local honey, jams, chocolate truffles and freshly roasted coffee.
The market also has a contingent of craft vendors, weekly live entertainment and a range of ready to eat food, like Hawaiian-style shaved ice, Tex Mex or gourmet hot dogs. The Nampa Farmers Market is located in Historic Downtown Nampa in Lloyd Square Park between Front and 1st Street South and between 13th and 14th Avenue South. For your GPS, enter One 13th Ave South.
Originally, The Nampa Farm and Garden Market (as it was called then) was held in the parking lot across from what is now the Nampa Library. The first day for the Market was July 15th, 1989. That first year there were only three vendors participating and customers were few. Some would call that first year a bust. But John and Afine had a vision that was indelible. They persevered. The market continued and began to grow. Since the beginning, the market has grown in both customers and vendors. In 1998 the market moved to Downtown Nampa in front of the Nampa Train Depot Museum. The market has grown to an average of 60 to 75 vendors per week, offering a large variety of produce, foods, crafts, plants and flowers from local vendors. Each Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the Market is a bustling community of farmers, crafters, food vendors, and bakers selling their wares from April 10, 2021 through October 30. All of the produce and locally crafted items come from within a 100 mile radius of Nampa.