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Meridian Main Street Market returns with wine and beer trucks, live music

Meridian Main Street Market

A promotional video for the Meridian Main Street Market, which says its 2019 season will have twice as many vendors, a beer and wine truck and live performances.
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A promotional video for the Meridian Main Street Market, which says its 2019 season will have twice as many vendors, a beer and wine truck and live performances.

The Meridian Main Street Market may have started out as a youth market with just kid vendors three years ago, but this year it’s getting an upgrade, with double the number of vendors.

The market will return this weekend with 73 rotating vendors, and that includes a beer and wine truck, said CheRee Eveland, one of the organizers. Other vendors include coffee stands, soap makers, wood-workers and small bakeries.

“We’re excited about the response we’re getting from Meridian residents,” Eveland said. “We hear a lot of people say, ‘Now we don’t have to go all the way to Boise.’”

The farmers market will close off Broadway from Main to Meridian streets in downtown Meridian from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from April 13, through Oct. 12. The parking lot in front of Meridian City Hall will also be closed to hold the event.

Eveland and her business partner, Brittany Price, took over the farmers market last year with their event company Plum Unique Events in 2018. The market began in 2016 with only youth vendors but didn’t attract enough visitors during the two seasons it lasted.

The market continues to feature some youth vendors, selling items like custom-designed cards, notebooks and homemade cookies, Eveland noted.

“Our adult vendors are great about giving them hints,” Eveland said. “They look out for the kids.”

As it did last year, the market will feature live music. It will feature a different charity each week, which will host raffles or ask for donations during the market, Eveland said.

Separately, Eveland and Price are also organizing Meridian’s outdoor concert series downtown this year. Acts will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday from June 13 through July 25 at the plaza outside of Meridian City Hall, 33 E Broadway Ave. Food trucks and vendors for the market will also be set up for those concerts.

Here’s the line-up of vendors for opening day of the Meridian Main Street Market this Saturday:

Kate reports on West Ada and Canyon County for the Idaho Statesman. She previously wrote for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Providence Business News. She has been published in The Atlantic and BuzzFeed News. Kate graduated from Brown University with a degree in urban studies.
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