The mission of the Grangeville Farmers’ Market is to benefit the community by providing home-grown and home-made local products.
Our focus is local. We encourage and support 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 vendors and community members.
The Grangeville Farmers' Market is is striving to provide a mix of 70% produce and locally-grown products and 30% crafts and locally-made products.
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.