Developer Has Big Plans for Garden City Farmers Market
2019-04-12 | Idaho Press-Tribune
She sees the market as the first step toward a bigger development that she envisions with up to 300 units for homes and businesses near the river.
“My thesis is to design everything around a farmers market,” Ball said.
She hopes the farmers market will act as an incubator for small local businesses in what she believes to be the next
“We wanted to energize (the area) and we wanted to bring some community use to what used to be a trailer park,” she said.
The farmers market is scheduled to run
To operate the market in its current lot, Ball will have to obtain a conditional use permit. Garden City Planning and Zoning will hold a public hearing on the issue on
While the market would be seasonal, Ball hopes the opportunity for businesses to get their start at the market will translate into them opening up brick-and-mortar shops in the surrounding area, creating a year-round, pedestrian-friendly district in
The plaza would offer roughly 300 units, residential and commercial, when fully built.
Prior to being a lot for the outdoor market, the end of
She said she gave tenants a few months to leave and allowed them to take the trailers if they chose and not pay rent while they were on their way out. She eventually leveled the small gathering of trailer homes to make room for a new project.
“Ultimately I thought to myself, do I really want to be a landlord?” she said. The answer was no.
Ball said she sees the future of
“We’re estimating the door count to be around 300,” Ball said. “It’s going to be a large project, but we’re confident we can pull it off.”
Ball lived her teenage years in a trailer park in
“What it was in the past was completely fine,” she said. “Let’s make sure the future is better.”
Ball said some perceived her as “anti-trailer park” or “anti-poor,” which she said isn’t a fair assessment. Still, while she was in the Army, she became keenly aware of how much pride others had in their hometowns, and how little she had in her own.
“I want my child to say, ‘I’m from
To achieve that, the things that are built going forward need to be usable community amenities that are open to everyone — which is how she sees 34th Street Market’s role in the future of the city.
In an ideal situation, the farmers market would be the nucleus of a hub of restaurants where owners could source their ingredients directly from the farmers selling at the market, creating a true “farm to table experience,” Ball said.
The plan is ambitious, but she hopes to see this transformation in three years. In the end, Ball hopes to change the image of
“I always believed it has more potential than just a trailer park, and I really want to add a community focus,” she said. “I just wanted to sort of balance it out.”
Roots Market looks to fill void in ‘food desert’
They co-founded Roots Market, set to open at
“Communities that have access to food … they thrive,” Rainey said.
Before picking a space in
“It’s definitely an underserved community, and we all know that,” she said.
Rainey and Yunker are
“We originally incorporated Roots in April,” Rainey said. “We started looking around
However, the two spend a lot of time in
“We knew about the artists district going in and we thought that was a great place for us to be,” she said. Rainey said she sees
Rainey’s vision fits with the spirit of a farmers market. She wants to support local businesses, farmers, artisans and other makers in her market, while reducing environmental impact. Rainey believes the option to buy in bulk will help keep costs down for customers.
She plans for Roots Market to be “zero waste,” meaning all of their packaging and bags are either reusable, compostable or recyclable.
“It’s how we all used to shop 50 or 60 years ago,” she said. She’s hoping to bring that trend back.