Inland NW Farmers’ Markets Bounce Back

Food access and grocery shopping were considered essential services in 2020, so farmers markets adapted, focusing even more on supporting local farmers and producers while also making produce, food, and value-added products as accessible as possible. The positive response was overwhelming and markets are looking forward to slowly getting back to normal in 2021.

Here are some notable changes for regional markets:

Live Music

Live music is almost universally returning, with particularly exciting lineups at the Silver Valley Community Market in Kellogg, Idaho; at the Athol Farmers Market’s 5-year anniversary season; and at the thriving Perry Street Market.

New Locations & Vendors

  • Perry Street Market has moved into the cul-de-sac at 10th and is expanding into Grant Park with an expected 70+ vendors at the height of the season.
  • After only offering food and produce in 2020, Liberty Lake Farmers Market will be bringing back their craft vendors for the season.
  • Applications are available online for the Sandpoint Farmers Market.
  • Spokane Farmers Market is excited to offer even more local, fresh produce, baked goods, meat, and dairy than ever before.
  • New this year, the Riverfront Park Market will be open for a series of weeks in spring, fall, and winter with mostly craft and food vendors.

Family & Children’s Activities

  • Programs and activities for kids will be operating in full force too—look for the Kernel Program at Washington markets, the PoP (Power of Produce) Club at the Saturday Kootenai County Farmers Market, and the Kid Bucks program at the Newport Farmers Market.
  • Hillyard Farmers Market works with North East Community Center’s Headstart program to offer on-site activities.
  • Spokane Valley Market sets up right next to Discovery Playground with crafts and take-home activities and easy access to the Centennial Trail.
  • Millwood Farmers Market in Millwood City Park coordinates with a local barbershop to provide haircuts for kids just before school starts and incorporates park activities and picnic spaces.
  • The Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market on Monroe Street also plans to have cooking demos with produce offered at the market. Support these local farmers’ markets and all our fertile and dynamic region has to offer. 
Two children sitting down and eating fresh peaches at a local farmers market.
Kids love eating fresh, locally-grown fruit at a Farmers Market. // Photo: Shallan Knowles

2021 Schedule for Inland NW Farmers’ Markets

Mondays

Hillyard Farmers Market, Spokane, WA: 3-6 p.m., June-Sept.

Tuesdays

Fairwood Farmers Market, Spokane, WA: 3-7 p.m., May-Oct.

Wednesdays

Kendall Yards Night Market, Spokane, WA: 5-8 p.m., May-Sept.

Millwood Farmers Market, Spokane, WA: 3-7 p.m., May-Oct.

Northeast Washington Farmers Market, Colville, WA: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May–Oct.

Riverfront Park Market in the Pavilion, Spokane, WA: 3-7 p.m., shoulder seasons – Spring/Fall/Winter

Sandpoint Farmers Market, Sandpoint, ID: 3-5:30 p.m., May-Oct.

Spokane Farmers Market, Spokane, WA: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., June-Oct.

Thursdays

Perry Street Thursday Market, Spokane, WA: 3-7 p.m., May-Oct.

Silver Valley Community Market, Kellogg, ID: 5-8 p.m., June 24-August 9

Fridays

Athol Farmers Market, Athol, ID: 2-6 p.m., Mother’s Day weekend-Sept.

Chewelah Farmers Market, Chewelah, WA: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May-Oct.

Emerson-Garfield FM, Spokane, WA: 3-7 p.m., June-Sept.

Spokane Valley Farmers Market, Spokane Valley, WA: 4-8 p.m., June-Sept.

Saturdays

Bonners Ferry Farmers Market, Bonners Ferry, ID: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., May-Sept.

Cheney Farmers Market, Cheney, WA: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June-Sept.

Liberty Lake Farmers Market, Liberty Lake, WA: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May-Oct.

Newport Farmers Market, Newport, WA: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May-Oct.

Northeast Washington Farmers Market, Colville, WA: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May–Oct.

Sandpoint Farmers Market, Sandpoint, ID: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May-Oct.

Spokane Farmers Market, Spokane, WA: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., May-Oct.

A woman standing behind her farm vendor table at a local farmers market -- table abundant with fresh vegetables, including beets; rhubarb; kale, lettuce, and other greens; carrots; and strawberries. And bunches of cut flowers behind her.
Support local farmers. // Photo: S. Michal Bennett

For a list of registered farmers markets throughout the region this season, visit Inwfma.org and Idahofma.org.

Visit the OTO archives for more stories about farmers’ markets.

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