Saturday, February 22, 2014

Competing Boise Public Markets Apply For Another Season

Posted By on Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Yes, it's still February and winter has yet to fully release its grip on the Treasure Valley, but more than a few farmers are counting down the days until the respective launches of Boise's two outdoor Saturday markets.

And when the city of Boise's special events team meets this coming Wednesday, Feb. 26, they'll consider two applications: one from the Boise Farmers Market, which intends to launch its second year on Saturday, April 5, in the Republic parking lot bordered by 10th, 11th, Front and Grove streets; and the long-running Capital City Public Market, which is slated to open two weeks later on Saturday, April 19, covering much of Eighth and Idaho streets in Boise's downtown core.

You may remember that when Capital City Public Market founder Karen Ellis was ousted by that market's board in September 2012, dozens of former CCPM vendors followed Ellis to the Boise Farmers Market. In fact, some vendors have a presence at both markets.

When Boise Weekly sat down to talk with Ellis and her CCPM successor Lisa Duplessie, both put a positive spin on having two markets each Saturday in downtown Boise. And indeed, both markets deemed 2013 a success.

The city of Boise's special events team will also be considering applications for a number of other planned events: St. Patrick's Day Run (March 15), the Spring Sprint Triathlon (April 6), the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon (May 16), the Y-Not Triathlon (July 12), the BAM Jam 3 on 3 Basketball tournament (Aug. 8), the Harrison Classic (Oct. 12), the YMCA Halloween Run (Oct. 25) and the YMCA Christmas Run (Dec. 20).

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