Greenbelt Ride to Boise Farmers Market - Cycling

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Summary

Each Saturday, downtown Boise buzzes with bustle and activity as vendors set up their booths of home grown, home made and home crafted fresh food and products. Cycling to the market via the Greenbelt is an excellent weekend activity for anyone.

Written by

Teresa Bruffey

Distance

9.0 miles

The whole trail is 9 miles from one end to the other.

Destination Distance From Downtown

0.6 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Mid April through December

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Greenbelt Trail System

Review

Intro

Start the weekend off with an easy ride along the Greenbelt that ends with a great final destination. Having become tremendously popular over the past two decades, what originally started as the small, 1-lot Capitol City Public Market has since expanded to two markets: the Capitol City Public Market along 8th Street between Bannock and the Grove Plaza, and the newer Boise Famers Market, at 11th and Grove.

What Makes It Great

Whether you're traveling from Garden City or Warm Springs, the ride is quick and the destination fun. There are many places to lock your bike along the streets within and around the markets. Lock your bike up on an adjacent street for an easier exit on the busiest market days.

The public market includes hot food vendors, crafts, home goods and a few locally grown/raised produce and meat stands. The farmers market is almost exclusively agricultural with locally grown/raised produce, eggs, meat and garden plants with the exception of a few hot food vendors (including Guru Donuts!). While the two markets are run separately, for the average market-goer, the available variety of goods and beautiful, delicious locally grown produce make for a fantastic combination of markets to visit on a Saturday morning. Very family friendly, in high-season, the markets often have street performers playing music, doing yo-yo tricks, making balloon animals and sharing hula-hoops for kids young and old to play with. Also, during the summer, the fountain at the Grove Plaza is a magnet for kiddos. 

Start early at Bannock, grab a coffee at Dawson Taylor and make your way south towards the Grove. If you’re looking for a snack, the west side of Idaho St. includes vendors offering savory crepes, breakfast burritos and samosas among other treats. Once you’ve found all you were looking for at the public market, head down Grove to stock up on rainbow colored carrots, elk meat, strawberries and more. Be sure to get to the farmers market before too late (they close at 1pm), vendors often sell out quickly. 

Who is Going to Love It

This is a great weekend adventure for families!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Hop on the Greenbelt and ride up to 13th Street / Pioneer Park Walk and follow the path to 11th Street, crossing Myrtle and Front Streets via the bike lanes on 11th. Or, pull off at the Anne Frank Memorial Park and ride up 8th Street to the Grove Plaza.

Location

Greenbelt Ride to Boise Farmers Market

8th Street and Bannock Street
Boise, ID,
43.615375, -116.20379

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