Group plans new Saturday market in Boise, splits from Capital City

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Group plans new Saturday market in Boise, splits from Capital City

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by Jamie Grey

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 10:41 PM

BOISE -- After some controversy, a group of founding vendors from the popular Capital City Public Market says they're going their own way, with plans to start another downtown Saturday market.

Since the Capital City Public Market fired its founder and executive director Karen Ellis last summer, some vendors have been happy with changes, but others have not. It's that second group that says they're branching off, with the help of Ellis.

"We worked very long and hard within the organization as members, and we found it impossible to have our voice heard, to have our concerns heard," founding member Janie Burns said. "So we decided in October that we needed to look at starting another market."

Burns says the new market will be called "The Boise Farmers Market". She says 25 farms are on board with plans to start up a new downtown market, but there are still a lot of uncertainties, including a location.

Burns sells lamb, chicken and eggs from her Nampa farm, Meadowlark Farm. She says the idea of the new market is to focus on local food and eventually operate year round.

"What we want to do in starting a new farmers market is to better serve our customers, many of whom have told us at the old Capital City Public Market, that it was too crowded, too busy, parking was an issue," Burns said. "The firing of Karen Ellis, we believe, was a smokescreen to cover the fact that the Capital City Public Market for years has been diverging into two markets. It's been a farmers market, and an art market, and those two kinds of markets don't easily coexist."

The Capital City Public Market's Interim Director, Lisa Duplessie, responded to questions about the market and possibility of another downtown Saturday market with the following statement: "The Capital City Public Market leadership remains confident that the Market is on course for a strong and vibrant future.

"Tomorrow morning, we begin accepting vendor applications for the 2013 season and look forward to another strong season featuring a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, high-quality locally produced foods and unique products from local artisans.

"Regarding rumors of a competing downtown farmer's market, the Capital City Public Market has no knowledge of any competing market receiving approval to operate in downtown Boise."

The City of Boise says a project like this would have to go through a special events committee for approval. So far, the city says the market has not been approved for anything.

 

 

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