Caz Nicole wrote:I moved back to Spokane just over 2 years ago after living in larger cities. It had been 19 years since I'd lived here and much has changed, but much hasn't.
There are several farmers markets but they are all quite small, they are spread throughout the city on different days. I would say the "largest" is the South Perry District market which is on Thursday nights and has a good diversity of products. The newest one in Kendall Yards (new built neighborhood right on the river NW of DT) is also growing quickly. Those two neighborhoods offer something extra which is a walkable district with lots of shops and restaurants. Those two markets have also done a great job of offering other events and activities to keep people engaged.
I still see a lot of opportunity areas here. And the economy here is pretty good, we're getting new people moving in due to the new medical school. Spokane is coming into the times, people love craft beer, local veggies, etc, etc and I see a growing market for really anything that has been a mainstay in bigger cities for many years. We're still about 10 years behind the times on some things but every day I see or hear about a new business popping up that is offering something new and unique for this market.
So, it really depends on what your niche will be but as this is still quite a small market, start small and go from there. Grow as you learn what does well and what doesn't and what might be the newer hot ticket items that haven't really taken off here yet.
Outside of the farmers market scene and what other ideas folks have offered above. Spokane area also has something unique in the Green Bluff area which is about 15-20 minutes north of town. They actually have a cooperative of sorts with lots of farms that offer u-pick, farm activities and they do seasonal festivals and the like. Because of the popularity of the area, it's really sort of an agrotourism collective, land is on the higher end depending on how close you are to the action and if you're on the couple of main roads that people know to drive on to find all of the farms to visit. Here is the website: http://www.greenbluffgrowers.com/
Happy to help if you have other questions about the Spokane and even Northern Idaho areas.