This featured vendor article was written by one of our frequent customers, Ruth Knox.
Not many Capital City Public Market vendors can say that they consistently sell out of their hottest items by 11:30 a.m., but Alicia Garcia can. If you’ve ever tasted any of her authentic Tex-Mex down home cooking, you’ll know why. Her colorful booth is easy to find. It’s the one with the long line of hungry buyers, waiting for their next fix of her tasty treats. This is the breakfast spot of choice for those who have a hankering for her famous breakfast burritos, which come in several varieties. Not surprisingly, the chorizo and egg is the most popular with market-goers, and it always sells out first, quickly followed by the rest of her breakfast burritos and tacos.
Not just renowned for her breakfast items, Alicia Garcia also makes an unbelievably tasty tamale, with your choice of pork, chicken, or veggie. These are so popular that she has them pre-packaged in half dozen bundles so you can take them home. Of course, all her mouth-watering wares are her own special recipe, and the spicing is absolutely perfect. As if that wasn’t enough, her prices are reasonable, everything is fresh, including the homemade salsa that customers snap up to take home.
A business as popular as Garcia’s is never a one person operation, and she is helped by many family members [throughout the summer]. They used to run a family restaurant by the same name. However, the market operation has been so successful for them, that they gave up the headaches of the restaurant, to focus exclusively on their market business, and on catering. If you are planning a get-together, and want casual food that will give you rave reviews, see Alicia down at the market. She’ll have some tasty ideas that are sure to make your party a hit.
Alicia and her husband have been selling at markets for the past 15 years, and have been at the Capital City Public Market now for the past 7. They are there 9 months of the year, from April when the market opens, until the Saturday before Christmas, the last day of the market for the year. Business is always brisk, and the food is always a homerun.
Originally from Texas, the Garcias have lived in Idaho for about 50 years. At one time they worked together as migrant farm workers and followed the crops. Like many of us, when they reached Idaho, they knew they were home.
Next time you are at the Capital City Public Market, drop by, say hi, and get yourself a hit of Garcia goodness!