Nampa Farmers Market Mission Statement
The mission of the Nampa Farmers' Market is to provide a venue where local farmers, producers, crafters and artisans come together to provide a variety of fresh produce and locally crafted products directly to the consumer. The market encourages direct communication between consumers and producers and promotes nutritious food choices. Our goal is to provide support for vendors and enhance the quality of life in the local area by providing a quality community activity which fosters education, entrepreneurship, social gathering, community building and interaction in a friendly, vibrant open air market.
The Nampa Farmers Market was founded in 1989 by John and Afine Relk.
They had a vision. They saw a community market which provided local food and products made by friends and neighbors.
Originally, The Nampa Farm and Garden Market (as it was called then) was held in a parking lot across from the police department. 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.
In 2010 the market moved again, this time to its current home at Lloyd Square, marking a dream come true for vendors and a rich, satisfying experience for customers.
Lloyd Square was built on the historic site of Lloyd Lumber and is just one block away from the former market location, on Front Street between 13th and 14th. It gives the market more room, a stage for music groups, indoor areas, and modern, clean bathrooms.
The market has grown to an average of 60 to 70 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, Lloyd Square becomes a bustling community of farmers, crafters, food vendors, and bakers selling their wares from the last Saturday in April through the last Saturday in October.
Local entertainers provide music and dance to enrich the experience of shopping at the market. Live and local is much better than elevator music!
Learn new recipes and cooking tips using ingredients available at the market with our "Chef at the Market" presentations.
Parents bring their children to shop and visit with friends and neighbors, keeping the spirit of the old-fashioned marketplace alive for future generations to enjoy.
The market contributes to the revitalizization of the the downtown area and supports local businesses by attracting new customers to Nampa's historic downtown.
We can't wait for you to come visit us!