Food & Drink

Boise farmers markets add indoor options

With brisk holiday temperatures arriving, the Capital City Public Market alters its hours slightly starting Nov. 7.
With brisk holiday temperatures arriving, the Capital City Public Market alters its hours slightly starting Nov. 7. MELISSA NODZU Capital City Public Market

The Boise Farmers Market and Capital City Public Market are making things cozier with indoor options.

▪  Boise Farmers Market will head inside to its winter digs in a warehouse at the corner of 8th and Fulton streets from Nov. 7 to Dec. 19.

This will be the third year that the Boise Farmers Market has found warm refuge on Saturdays in the vacant Idaho Linen Supply Building, 516 S. 8th St.

The outdoor market, which operates from April through October at the corner of 10th and Grove streets, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but the indoor market stays open until 2 p.m.

Expect to find fresh autumn produce (lots of squash, spuds, greens and herbs) from Next Generation Organics, Purple Sage Farms and lots more.


▪  Capital City Public Market continues outdoors on 8th Street between Main and State streets, but it switches to holiday hours — 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays — Nov. 7 to Dec. 19.

Capital City Public Market also has a new indoor annex location at Vista Village, 1036 Vista Ave., which will operate from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Nov. 10. The 4,000-square-foot space — formerly Idaho Camera — will be open Tuesday to Saturday through Nov. 26. It will be open seven days a week Black Friday through Christmas Eve.

You’ll find different vendors at the outdoor and indoor locations, market director Melissa Nodzu says. In particular, you’ll find products at the indoor spot that might not be sold outdoors this time of year.

“So there will be, like, honey,” Nodzu says, “and Molly’s Mills will have some herbs and spices. So people who don’t normally do the market because it’s too cold.”



Joyful Tea was one of the many vendors who lost everything in the Sept. 5 fire at the Boise International Market. But owners Terry and Karen Hathaway didn’t lose their passion for tea.

They are setting up a new tea shop in Garden City at 6711 N. Glenwood St., behind Sonic Drive-In. If all goes well, it should be open by Nov. 20.

The Hathaways are remodeling the space, a former coffee shop, and rebuilding their inventory of around 130 to 140 single estate loose-leaf teas and blends. Expect to find a stylish tea room designed for tea parties and tastings.

“It’s a much more controlled space than our previous spot,” says Terry Hathaway, a longtime tea expert from Seattle who recently became a certified tea specialist — one of only 135 in the country.

The new shop also will have a small meeting room for educational sessions.

“We’ll be doing a lot more classes now,” Hathaway says.

Joyful Tea will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.



It’s hard to miss the bright-green Boise Brew Bus that shuttles beer geeks around to the local breweries. And now the Boise-based transportation service has added an Urban Wine Tastings Tour to its lineup of libation excursions.

The wine tours, which cost $55 per person and run on Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m., make stops at various winery tasting rooms in Garden City and in Boise.

Bus riders taste wines from Cinder, Coiled, Syringa Winery, Telaya Wine Co. and Mouvance Winery in the Linen District, to name a few. Tasting fees from three of the wineries are included in the cost of the tour, and people also will have the chance to win prizes.

Advance purchase required. Make reservations at or (800) 979-3370.


The Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., recently stopped serving brunch on Fridays, but diners can still get brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gabriel Espinosa, formerly of State & Lemp, recently came on board as the new brunch chef.

The current autumn menu includes dishes such as truffled egg toast, pork belly and grits and pho — Vietnamese beef and pork noodle soup served with all the trimmings.

Wash everything down with a Southeast Asian-inspired Bloody Mary made with lime, honey syrup, golden fish sauce and basil with a Sriracha salt rim.



All Treasure Valley International House of Pancakes locations will be honoring veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day with free pancakes.

On Nov. 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., anyone who shows a former or current military identification card or even memorabilia from time served (old photos in uniform, dog tags or a letter of commendation) will be treated to a stack of red, white and blue pancakes. In other words, buttermilk pancakes layered with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and a big dollop of whipped cream topping.

Treasure Valley IHOP locations: 7959 W. Emerald St. and 3599 Federal Way, Boise; 3525 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian; 1420 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd., Nampa.


Michael Deeds contributed to this article. Submit restaurant news and tips to