The Grangeville Farmers’ Market mission is to benefit the community by providing home-grown and home-made local products. Our focus is local, encouraging and supporting the development of a sustainable venue for Grangeville area residents to obtain healthy food and hand-made items in a way that is mutually beneficial to the vendors and community members.
The Grangeville Farmers Market (GFM) is directed as a "not for profit", community-minded organization. The market’s steering committee works to set policy, solicit and evaluate new vendors and products, set market dates, promote the market, and ensure the Market is compliant with local, state, and federal laws and regulations as they are applicable. It is the goal of GFM to have 50% of the Market vendors be agricultural vendors (produce, livestock and value added).
In the early 2000s, Grangeville was experiencing new interest and growth in local organizations. Idaho County Recycling was formed, a community garden was planted, the Tolo Lake mammoth gazebo was built, and an idea for forming a farmers' market in Grangeville was discussed. In the autumn of 2007 a trial market was held in Heritage Square. Vendors included farmers on the Salmon River, gardeners on the Camas Prairie, and sisters from the St. Gertrude Monastery in Cottonwood. Music was provided by the Old Time Fiddlers and the Grangeville Farmers' Market took root.
In 2011 the market was transplanted to Pioneer Park and it remains one of only a few rare species: a market held in a park under shade trees. In 2015 Thursday evening markets in July were added in conjunction with "music in the park" provided by the Grangeville Arts Council. Pioneer Park is located on Idaho State Highway 13 and many visitors on their way to the National Forest or to one of the local rivers stop at the market on their way to pick huckleberries and go camping in the summer.
Although leadership and location have changed over the years and new programs have been added like SNAP and Grub Club, the core vision has not changed. Local musicians entertain; local goods such as produce, dairy, meat, honey, and jams are sold; and local handmade crafts and baked goods are available. Community support and collaboration have made fertile soil in which the Grangeville Farmers' Market has matured and continued to thrive.