Moscow Tuesday Community Market has produce and activities for all

Vandal sausages, beer garden offered at market

ANNA MICHALSON, Evergreen reporter

The Moscow Tuesday Community Market is now located at the Latah County Fairgrounds and offers a wide variety of local produce, meats, crafts and fun for the whole family to enjoy. 

Visitors can enjoy the market each Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., now until the first Tuesday in October. 

The market originally opened 15 years ago and has since grown out of its original location in the Moscow Co-oP Parking lot.

“I wanted this market to exist, and be successful so that beginning small acreage farmers [vegetable and meat producers specifically] could have a chance and place to sell their products,” Iris Mayes, University of Idaho small farms and horticulture extension, said. 

There are multiple different food trucks, and the University of Idaho sells Vandal brand sausages, she said. 

“We also have a beer garden offered by Moscow Brewing Company,” she said. 

Mayes has been assisting in running the market since 2018 and has opened up a student intern position alongside her, where students can have the chance to facilitate this market as well. She said besides her, it is essentially a student-run market.

Each week, Mayes said the market also hosts a youth activity, which brings in even more of a customer base. 

“We did a butterfly life cycle a couple of weeks ago … we did seed saving last week, so kids could do some seed art and then also learn about different facts of seeds and seed saving,” she said. 

With all of these activities, Mayes said she hopes to see this market continue to thrive for the remaining months of the season.

The market is unlike many others, due to the fact that it is later on in the day. Runner Bean ranch farmer Guy Spencer, said this brings more people to it and creates a more friendly, community-oriented atmosphere. 

“You’ve got people sitting out on the grass, drinking beer, listening to live music, eating good food, something good is gonna happen,” Spencer said. “That’s a recipe for success.”

Spencer has been hosting a booth at the market since the end of last season and said the market has brought in repeat customers, and a steady income for him and his farm. 

“We’ve built ourselves a nice customer base. People come back for us,” he said. 

There are many people there who come straight from work, to eat and hang out with their friends, he said. 

There is a flex of approximately 10 vendors each Tuesday, Mayes said. The smaller scale of this market makes it easier for those who want to calmly pursue the booths, or enjoy an evening with friends. 

For further information on the market, or to get set up as a vendor there, visit The Tuesday Community Market Facebook page, or email [email protected]