Since 1977, the Moscow Farmers Market has been providing Palouse residents with fresh produce, meat, baked goods, flowers, plants and handmade arts and crafts. This year, the market was recognized for its longterm success by the American Farmland Trust, a national nonprofit with the mission to preserve the agricultural trade for generations to come.
From the American Farmland Trust website:
Throughout this summer Farmland Trust held its Farmers Market Celebration, during which the Moscow Market was voted the No. 1 farmers market in Idaho and one of the top 25 in the U.S. The public could vote for their market in five areas: People's Choice, Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community and Champion for the Environment. Moscow's market placed at the top in each for all Idaho markets.
The Moscow Farmers Market is held every Saturday, from 8 am-1 pm, through the end of October, in downtown Moscow's Friendship Square.
Here's a roundup of other regional farmers markets still running as this season's harvest begins to wane:
Bonners Ferry Farmers Market | Last day of market is this Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 am-1 pm. At 6181 Kootenai St., Bonners Ferry, Idaho. (208-267-2780)
Chewelah Farmers Market | Fridays, through Oct. 23, from 11:30 am-5:30 pm. At the northwest corner of City Park. (509-963-4353)
Coeur d'Alene Farmers Market | Wednesdays, from 4-7 pm, through Oct. 28. At Sherman Ave. and Fifth St. (208-772-2290)
Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market | Fridays, from 3-7 pm, through Oct. 16. In the parking lot of Knox Presbyterian Church, 806 W. Knox Ave. (emersongarfield.org)
Fairwood Flea & Farmers Market | Tuesdays, through Oct. 6, from 3-7 pm. At the Fairwood Shopping Center, 319 W. Hastings Rd. (466-0682)
Hayden Farmers Market | Saturdays, from 9 am-1:30 pm, through October 31. At the corner of Highway 95 and Prairie Avenue. (208-772-2290)
Kendall Yards Night Market | Wednesdays, from 4-8 pm, through Oct. 14. On Summit Parkway, between Cedar and Adams Alley. (kendallnightmarket.org)
Liberty Lake Farmers Market | Saturdays, from 9 am-1 pm, through Oct. 10. Town Square Park, 1421 N. Meadowwood Ln. (290-3839)
Moscow Farmers Market | Saturdays, from 8 am-1 pm, through October 31. Friendship Square, Fourth Ave. and Main St. (208-883-7132)
Northeast Washington Farmers Market | Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9 am-1 pm, through Oct. 31. At Main and Astor, downtown Colville. (509-935-0555)
Pullman Farmers Market | Wednesdays, from 3:30-6 pm, through Oct. 28. In the Spot Shop parking lot, 240 NE Kamiaken St. (509-334-3565)
Sandpoint Farmers Market | Wednesdays, from 3-5:30 pm and Saturdays, from 9 am-1 pm, through Oct. 10. Farmin Park, Third and Main. (208-597-3355)
South Perry Thursday Market | Thursdays, from 3-7 pm, through Oct. 29. The Shop parking lot, 924 S. Perry. (thursdaymarket.org)
Spokane Farmers Market | Saturdays and Wednesdays, from 8 am-1 pm, through Oct. 31. At 20 W. Fifth Ave. (995-0182)
West Central Marketplace | Tuesdays, from 3-6 pm, through mid-Oct. (see Facebook for updates). A.M. Cannon Park, 1920 W. Maxwell. facebook.com/WestCentralMarketplace
Last weekend, Michael Brown’s long-envisioned dreams exhibited the first signs of realization to Spokane’s East Central neighborhood in the form of a vibrant mural on the side of a dilapidated building on east Fifth Avenue. The location is the site of what last was home to Flippers Ice Creamery, and where Brown now intends to create his mission-driven restaurant called Fresh Soul.
The colorful occasion drew dozens of Gonzaga students from a class titled “Art, Race, and Public Space: U.S. Murals” taught by professor Shalon Parker. Under the vision and direction of local artist Ellen Picken, students had the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, while brushing up their painting skills in the process. While the students’ contribution appears in small, brightly colored squares spread across a background of bright blue, these shapes are some of the first physical stepping stones toward the restaurant’s future opening in early 2016.
While Fresh Soul is expected to operate as a café serving southern-style cuisine, its mission transcends beyond food. Brown, a long time resident of the East Central neighborhood, envisions Fresh Soul to be a place that benefits the area’s youth through employment, job training, and mentorship with the goal of empowering students to further their education. The nonprofit restaurant is the manifestation of a grassroots initiative to foster transferable job skills to local teens through a number of community partners. One of these partners is Spokane Eastside Reunion Association, an organization that strives to promote community through basketball camps, mentoring, tutoring, and now, through its support of the local café.
“Fresh Soul is going to be much more than just a restaurant,” Brown says. “We want to motivate and teach our kids skills that will inspire them to continue their education, and provide a platform for success and to find their passion.”
A big proponent of the project is to create a physical presence in the community that will hopefully further a sense of revitalization in the East Central area, a lower-income neighborhood of Spokane. While this past weekend filled the block of East Fifth with a little more color, Fresh Soul is still seeking the remaining funds needed to open, an estimated $100,000. Find more information and stay updated on its progress here.
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