Kraays Market & Garden, ID

Top photo: Sunset at Kraay's. Our nearest neighbor can be seen on the right.

We have been anticipating our visit to Kraay's Market and Garden, where we will have the opportunity to get locally grown vegetables..

Overnight Parking - Kraay's Market and Garden, near Bellevue, ID: Participating member, no facilities provided, must have a self-contained RV & an active Harvest Hosts membership for an overnight visit. August 11th - 12th. 3,486’ elevation. Miles traveled: 2️⃣4️⃣3️⃣ (tap on mileage to see route & elevation change).
• Opportunity to self-pick vegetables.
• Friendly folks.
• Ample parking for RVs in a grassy field.
• None.

Overall Experience: Smile

Stopped for the night at Kraay’s Market & Garden—what a wonderful experience!. We harvested veggies from their greenhouses & ordered oat burgers, plus fresh plums. They don’t have a storefront, so we texted in our order & Sherry brought it to our trailer. Too cool! In the morning while sipping coffee, mama hen & her chicks came to visit. They also raise Arabian horses.

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The small town of Bellevue is home to a thriving local food hub known as Kraay's Market and Garden. Founded in 1978 by Larry Kraay, this 17-acre farm and agricultural cooperative has blossomed into a beloved institution, serving over 2,000 customers in the Wood River Valley region.

A Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture

At the heart of Kraay's Market and Garden is a strong dedication to sustainable, organic farming. The farm grows a wide variety of top-notch produce, including:

  • Leafy greens
  • Root vegetables
  • Vibrant fruits

And the best part? They do it all without using any synthetic pesticides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This commitment to responsible farming practices has earned Kraay's a loyal following among health-conscious consumers who value knowing exactly where their food comes from.

Connecting Local Producers and Consumers

But Kraay's Market and Garden is more than just a farm - it's also a hub that brings together many small producers from across Idaho. The market acts as a central point for around 60 local farms, ranches, and bakeries, making it easy for customers to find a wide range of fresh, locally-sourced products all in one spot.

This collaborative approach not only helps support the local food system but also creates a strong sense of community among both producers and consumers. It's a win-win situation that benefits everyone involved.

The Perfect Setting for Local Food

The town of Bellevue, where Kraay's Market and Garden is located, provides the perfect setting for this thriving local food movement. With its population of just over 2,000 people, Bellevue has managed to maintain its small-town charm, which perfectly complements the market's mission.

Surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes such as the Sawtooth National Forest and the Big Wood River, Bellevue offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and scenic exploration. It's a place where people can truly appreciate the beauty of nature while also enjoying delicious, sustainably-grown food.

More Than Just a Market

In recent years, Kraay's Market and Garden has evolved into much more than just a place to buy groceries. It has become a true hub for the Wood River Valley community, bringing people together and strengthening their connection to the land.

The market regularly hosts various events like farm tours, cooking demonstrations, and seasonal celebrations. These activities not only educate and entertain but also serve as reminders of the importance of supporting local agriculture and preserving our natural resources.

A Bright Example for Others to Follow

As the demand for locally-sourced, sustainable food continues to rise, Kraay's Market and Garden stands out as an inspiring model of how a small farm can make a big difference. By using its position as a regional food hub, the market is not only nourishing the bodies of its customers but also enriching the spirit of the Bellevue community and the surrounding countryside.

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