It’s Farmers Market Week-What’s in Season?

Farmers Market Week:

Farmers, food producers, consumers and processors across the United States are celebrating Farmers Market Week, August 6-13. Farmers markets and other direct agricultural marketing outlets generate nearly $9 billion for the U.S. economy each year. There are over 50 Farmers Markets in Idaho – to find one near you click here.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Now Appearing at a Farmers Market Near You…

Peaches: Idaho has ripe, sweet and juicy peaches that are in season from August-October. Peaches from Idaho are tree-ripened and picked when they are at peak of flavor. To pick the perfect peach, look for one that is plump and firm but not too hard, bruised or shriveled. Have you ever tried a donut peach?  This sweet treat is aptly named because it is super sweet and shaped just like a doughnut!  Find them at Garrett Ranches and Cliffs Market in Caldwell.

Sweet Corn: Sweet corn is a summer favorite in Idaho and can be found at local fruit stands, farmers markets, road-side stands and retailers. Sweet corn that is ripe and ready to eat should have bright green husks and have individual kernels that can be felt through the husk.  For the best eating experience, corn should be consumed as soon as harvested and/or purchased. If that isn’t possible, store unshucked corn in the refrigerator.

Summer Squash: Summer squash includes zucchini, yellow squash, patty-pan squash and crookneck. Summer squash grows on a bushy type plant that does not spread like winter squash do. Find a delicious zucchini recipe here. Wagner Farms and Rice Family Farms and The Berry Ranch are great places to find a delicious variety of summer squash.

Cucumbers: Cucumbers are in season from July to September in Idaho. Select cucumbers that are firm and not shriveled and should be heavy for their size. Cucumbers are a great way to add flavor, crunch and color to your salad. However, if you plan to make pickles, make sure you buy pickling cucumbers – not slicing cucumbers – for best results. The best place to find local cucumbers is at farmers markets and farm stands.

Melons: A fresh juicy melon is a must have for BBQ’s and picnics. Look for melons that smell sweet and don’t contain soft spots on the rind. Idaho farmers grow watermelon, cantaloupe and other specialty melons.  Watermelon growers in Idaho include: Crawford Farms, Wagner Farms, Wissel Farms and Nielsen Brothers Produce/Pace-Nielsen Farms, Inc. Here is a quick and easy recipe with all Idaho ingredients to take to your next family BBQ.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a healthy snack eaten plain, atop a juicy hamburger or added to a salad or salsa recipe. July through October is the perfect time of the year to find ripe tomatoes in Idaho. A good tomato is bright red (or yellow or orange) and firm enough to resist pressure, but not hard. Tomatoes should be stored at room temperature NOT in the refrigerator. Combine fresh Idaho peaches and fresh tomatoes to make this perfect salsa. Look for H&H Farms tomatoes at the Boise Farmers Market every Saturday – or check the Farmers Market in your community for other local growers.

June-A Very Cherry Season

Idaho cherry season is in full swing and now is the best time to buy these summertime favorites. Idaho’s sweet cherries are delicious straight off the stem, or in pies, ice cream or other delicious recipes found here. But don’t delay – get to your local farmers market or retailer soon as Idaho cherry season only lasts 4-6 weeks.

Did you know Idaho ranks fifth in the nation for sweet cherry production? Most of the commercial cherry production is in the southern part of the state in the Sunnyslope area near Caldwell, the Emmet valley and in Washington and Payette Counties. Idaho grows several different varieties of sweet cherries such as Lapin and Bings, but very few tart pie cherries. All Idaho cherries are hand- picked – a big job since a mature cherry tree will produce around 7,000 cherries each year! You can buy Idaho cherries at local retailers, farmers markets, at some farm stands or pick your own! Visit our cherry page to learn more and find cherry-picking locations.

Idaho Cherry Producers:

Garrett Ranches located in Wilder has been packaging fruit since 1914. You can purchase their fruit at Stonehenge Produce and other local produce stands.

Henggeler Packing Co. is a three generation packing company located in Fruitland. You can find their produce at Winco and Albertsons.

Kelley’s Canyon Orchard located in Filer was established in 1908. Their produce can be located at the Boise Farmers Market. They also have U-Pick available on site.

Northview Orchard offers a U-Pick in Buhl, Idaho. They also sell their fresh produce at the Buhl Farmers Market every Wednesday from 4-6pm.

Ribier Gardens is a small family-run farm located in Meridian. You can purchase their produce at the Boise Farmers Market, The Eagle Farmers Market and the North End Organic Nursery.

Symms Fruit Ranch located on Sunny slope road in Caldwell has been producing fruit for over 100 years. Find their cherries at Albertsons, Walmart and other locations throughout southern Idaho.

Tyler’s Rocky Point Orchard located in Emmett is a 45-minute scenic drive from Boise. Their Orchard is a great place to get out and pick for yourself. They also sell their produce on site.

Williams Fruit Ranch also located in Emmett offers U-Pick Mon-Sat from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Call ahead for availability.

Wood’n Goat Garden is located in Sterling, Idaho. Their product can be found at the Idaho Falls Farmers Market on Broadway.

June – Idaho Wine Month

There is nothing to “wine” about when it comes to celebrating Idaho Wine Month. There are 30 days in the month of June and conveniently over 30 wineries in Idaho so plan to try some new wineries and varieties this month!

The Idaho Wine Commission has made it easy to plan daily events to participate in at wineries across the state. Whether you like music, yoga, good food, or simply Idaho wine with a view, there is something for everyone! So grab a group of family/friends and sign up for an Idaho Wine Tour – or create your own – to try new varieties and check out all of Idaho’s amazing wine regions.

Start the month at Huston Vineyards June 3rd for their summer release party where they will be releasing 3 new vintages: 2015 Malbec, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 dry Riesling. While you’re there try their new Chicken Dinner Rose, a dry 100% Grenache Rose. This new wine was just released on May 13th making it their newest variety since 2009. Closer to Boise you’ll find Terra Nativa’s Spring Wine Festival June 3rd, starting at 12 pm. Check out their 2007 Cabernet which will be featured at $6 a bottle.

The ninth annual Savor Idaho event will be held June 11th. Local wineries, restaurants and community come together to savor the top food and wine flavors in the state. If you were lucky enough to get tickets to this sold-out event, look for the Idaho Preferred booth where you can sample a variety of seasonal Idaho foods while enjoying local wines. A complete list of participating wineries can be found here.

If you missed out on Savor Idaho, you can still enjoy Idaho wines and music all along the Sunny Slope trail. Join Ste. Chapelle every Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. for their Summer Concert Series. Purchase your ticket ahead of time for the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Or, visit and become a member at Fujishin Family Cellars winery and receive 15% off all wines and merchandise. If Sawtooth winery is closer, join their wine club and receive 10% off each bottle or even better, 20% off each case.

You don’t have to miss out on yoga class while celebrating Idaho Wine Month – just stop by Williamson Vineyards on Sunny Slope Road in Caldwell and do both! Their Wine Down Wednesday event on June 21st will include a glass of wine and a 1 hour yoga class for only $20 ($15 for wine club members).

Idaho is lucky to have wineries that not only have great wines, but also come with a great view. Check out the scenery at Bitner Vineyards, Sawtooth Winery, 3 Horse Ranch in Eagle or Indian Creek Winery in Kuna. Pack a lunch and have a picnic along the way. Find of picnic recipes on our Idaho Preferred website.

Live up North? Be sure to check out Colter’s Creek Vineyard and Winery. Better yet, make a weekend out of it June 23-25th and enjoy a scenic horseback ride, a relaxing night on the deck accompanied by live music and a great view. More information on this great stay click here.

Don’t forget the South-Central Wine Region; stop by Cold Springs Winery in Hammett or do some wine tasting and have lunch and maybe a round of golf at Crossings Winery in Glenns Ferry.

June is Dairy Month too – so enjoy some Idaho cheese with that Idaho wine! Here are some pairing ideas:

We would love to see how you celebrate wine month here in Idaho. Please use the hashtag #Idahopreferred on Instagram in all of your upcoming adventures!

Give Mom Locally Grown Flowers For Mother’s Day

Local Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! It’s time to show mom your appreciation with the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Looking for some ideas? Here are a few suggestions for locally produced gift items including local hanging baskets, trees, flowers, bedding plants and other nursery products.

What mom doesn’t like flowers? Look for Idaho Preferred tags on hanging baskets and flower bowls as well as flowering Idaho trees and plants that are grown in local greenhouses.  Growers like Ward’s GreenhouseMoss Greenhouse  and Warm Springs Greenhouse supply to local nurseries and garden centers in southwest Idaho including Zamzows, D& B and Albertsons. Or find locally grown flowers and plants at Blue Barn Produce, Edwards Greenhouse, Cloverdale Nursery, Five Mile Farm & Greenhouse or Far West Nursery.  Locally grown plants can be found throughout the state.  Alpha Nursery in McCall, Moss Greenhouse in the Magic Valley, Bonners Ferry Nursery in North Idaho and Hollyberry Nursery in Sun Valley all support local growers.  In eastern Idaho you can find local plants at Sunnyside Gardens or Town and Country Gardens.

Maybe this year, Mom would like a flowering tree instead of traditional flowers?  If so, find trees grown by Clayton Tree Farms in Wilder at Franz Witte Nursery or Edwards Greenhouse.  In northern Idaho, look for trees grown by Bonners Ferry Nursery or Reggear Tree Farm.

Bedding plants also make great gifts. Does your mom have a garden or just want to grow a few tomatoes on the patio? If so, buy her tomato plants, herb starts, and other locally grown vegetable plants to assure her of a bumper crop of fresh produce later this summer!

And don’t forget the other nursery supplies you might need like compost or soil amendments. Compost from Magic Valley Compost and  Smartgro are produced locally.  These products are a great addition to soil and increase your chances of a bountiful harvest.

This year, make Mom’s day with local bedding plants, flowers or trees ….and a little bit of your time to help her plant. Find a nursery near you:

Locate a Nursery Near You:


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Garden Valley

Idaho Falls

Jerome

Kuna

Northern Idaho

Twin Falls

Western Idaho

 

February is National Heart Month

newsletter headerFebruary is National Heart Month and Idaho is bursting with heart-healthy products that you can incorporate into your diet to support your cardiovascular system. With only a little bit of planning, you can create healthy menus with nutritious, local foods.

Follow our easy guide to learn how to add cardiovascular-healthy Idaho cuisine to your diet and give your heart some LOVE!


Ancient Grains

Teff is a low-glycemic grain that is hyper-rich in health benefits. This heart-loving superfood is gluten-free, high in protein and calcium. A cup of cooked teff offers 123 mg, about the same amount of calcium as in a half-cup of cooked spinach! It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C and iron— nutrients not commonly found in grains. Teff, commonly grown in Ethiopia, is grown right here in Idaho by The Teff Company. For more information on The Teff Company and their products visit www.teffco.com. Teff grain, flour and other products can also be found at your local retail and specialty food stores.

Baked Goods
Breads made with whole grains, flaxseed and oats are also good for your cardiovascular system. Choose whole-grain loaves from Zeppole, Alpicella and Great Harvest Bread. Looking for a special treat? Try Zeppole Morning Glory Muffins that can be found at their bakery, Whole Foods Market and other coffee shops and cafes around Boise.

Barley
Idaho is the second largest producer of barley in the nation. While most of the barley we grow is malted and used for making beer, you can still find Idaho pearled barley at some grocery stores or online. Barley is a healthy addition to soups, stews and salads. Kauffman Farms located in Filer, Idaho makes a great “Hearty Barley” soup mix. To order their products visit www.kauffmanfarm.com/products. You can find other great barley recipes on the Idaho Barley Commission website.

Grains & Seeds
Ground flaxseed is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. It can easily be added to your morning cereal, homemade muffins and yogurt parfaits. Idaho Preferred member, Snake River Seed, has been growing and harvesting flaxseed in Rupert, Idaho since 1974. You can find their golden, ground flaxseed through Idaho’s Bounty, at the Boise Co-Op or at Whole Foods Market.

Oats and other whole grains are also good for your heart health. Oats are high in fiber and very versatile. Harvest Ridge Organics produces several products using whole grains and oats that are grown on their farm near Lewiston, Idaho. Harvest Ridge now produces organic oats that are available whole, steel-cut or flaked. For more information on their products visit the Harvest Ridge Organics website. Online ordering is coming soon but until then you can find them at the Lewiston and Moscow Farmers Markets and the Moscow Food Co-Op.

Lentils
Legumes, including beans and lentils, are another healthy addition to your diet.  Beans and lentils are not only a lean vegetable protein and high in fiber, but also contain folate, magnesium and potassium. Idaho dried beans and lentils are available year-round and can be found in bulk and packaged at the Boise and Moscow Co-Ops and at you local farmers markets. Look for Zursun Idaho Heirloom beans and lentils packaged at the Boise Co-op and at Whole Foods market. Visit Zursun Idaho Heirloom Beans recipe page for tasty meal ideas and follow the Idaho Bean Commission on Facebook for other great recipes.

Still hungry? Visit www.idahopreferred.com/recipes and follow us on Facebook.

Start Thinking About Idaho Greenhouse and Nursery Products

think springWhen planning your landscaping design this year, choose to plant Idaho-grown trees, shrubs and flowers from local growers. Idaho nurseries grow a wide variety of hearty, beautiful trees and shrubs that thrive in Idaho’s high desert climate. Whether you’re looking to start your perfect green oasis from scratch, or add to what you currently have, Idaho nurseries can recommend the perfect plants for your outdoor space.

reggear tree farmIdaho growers concentrate on zone hardy, deciduous trees, evergreens, ornamental fruit and flowering trees as well as drought tolerant shrubs including potentilla, currant, cistena plum, juniper, redtwig dogwood varieties, spirea, virburnum and forsythia. Our local growers and retailers are experts in their field and understand that soil conditions vary greatly throughout Idaho. Visit one of our Idaho Preferred nurseries throughout the state and allow them to help you find the best trees and shrubs for your specific area and determine how to prepare the ground for site planting. Also, find flowers, hanging baskets and more to design the perfect local outdoor paradise!

Locate a Nursery Near You:

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Don’t forget!
 Look for homegrown soil and potting products such as Magic Valley Compost and Smart Gro, a premium organic compost that can be ordered direct online at www.smartgro.com or found in retail locations across the state.

You can find more local landscaping and gardening products at retailers like D&B Supply, Zamzows, FarWest Landscape and Garden Center, Walmart, Home Depot and Albertsons stores all throughout Idaho.

 

 

Porterhouse Market: February Restaurant of the Month

meatThere are many great places in Idaho where you can take your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, but this year why not make a special meal for two at home? Perhaps your culinary skills aren’t at the same level of some of Idaho’s top chefs, but with the right, local ingredients and a great recipe, anyone can make a tasty homemade meal!

At Porterhouse Market, our February Restaurant of the Month, you can order the freshest, high-quality cuts of meat from pork crown roasts, frenched racks of lamb, prime rib of pork, short ribs, beef cheeks, shanks and many more specialty items! Meat is what they do best. They also make in-house fresh sausage, pot pies, lasagna, salads, dessert bars and more to help you create the ultimate dining experience.

Owner Dave Faulk, carefully selects the best sources for his ingredients. Dave grew up on a small beef ranch and dairy farm, has worked in a packing house and has fished for salmon in Alaska. Needless to say, Dave knows his fresh protein sources. After leaving the fishing grounds he started his first business as a butcher who specialized in processing meat for hunters and ranchers – this was the seed that sprouted Porterhouse Market!

Dave’s passion for food and cooking leads him to relentlessly search out only the finest ingredients available in Idaho or as close to home as possible. They visit and tour each of the locations where they source their salmon, beef, pork and trout and personally know the ranchers and farmers who locally produce their lamb, tomatoes eggs, spices and more.

Whether you want to make your own dinner at home using the best seafood and meat from the market, or order from their catering menu and claim it as you own, Porterhouse Market in eagle is your one-stop-shop. Looking for a quick and tasty lunch? Stop by from 11:00-2:00pm and get the freshest cold cut, house roasted deli meat sandwich. Their hot lunch and salads are served from 11:00am until 5:00pm. Porterhouse will also cater your next event, business lunch or special occasion. With 15-years in business, they are professionals who are passionate about sourcing, preparing and serving the finest, highest quality, locally sourced cuisine!

Porterhouse Market
600 S Rivershore ln ste 190
Eagle Id. 83616

Website: www.porterhousemarket.com
Phone: 208.938.1441
Fax: 208.938.3985

Idaho Pizza Company: January Restaurant of the Month

Idaho Pizza Co.Our January Restaurant of the Month pick was easy as pie (pun intended). Idaho Pizza Company is the perfect place to grab a local meal the entire family will love, especially after the holidays during these snowy January days when you’d rather dine out than cook at home. This local pizza joint has been around since 1998 and has been a staple in homes around the Treasure Valley.

It all started when original owner and founder, Don Cantrell, started working as a busboy for a California pizza franchise at age sixteen. After working for the company for over 27 years, he had his “ah-ha” moment and decided to open his own pizza franchise, Idaho Pizza Company. Now owned by John and Leah McNicholl and their four children, Idaho Pizza Company is fully dedicated to their employees, customers, hard work, enthusiasm and delicious pizza!

Idaho Pizza CompanyThis locally owned and operated franchise truly takes great pride in supporting their local economy. Idaho Pizza Co. provides jobs to over 300 local families and supports Idaho farmers and ranchers. Their pizza and other menu items are made with Idaho grown, raised and processed ingredients. The flour and cheese alone account for approximately 32% of their food products. Now that’s keeping it local! View their full menu here.

So the next time you’re wondering what you should have for dinner or order-in for the big game, swing by one of the many Idaho Pizza Company’s locations from Weiser to Twin Falls, and dine-in, carry out, or have delicious, local pizza conveniently delivered right to your front door!

Find an Idaho Pizza Company near you.

Could You Eat Local for a Year?

Pledge to live local in 2017.

At the dawn of the new year, we all make resolutions about how we are going to improve ourselves over the next 365 days…

Most of these personal promises revolve around our health and fitness goals – whether we want to lose that ten pounds we packed on between the months of October-January, commit to cooking more and eating out less, choosing healthier drinks and snacks, giving up caffeine, actually using that monthly gym membership, gaining more lean muscle mass, walking every day, trying a new sport or activity, drinking more water… and this list goes on.

Live eat local

These are all excellent resolutions, but what if we tried something new? What if we pledged to live local for a year. What does that mean you might wonder? Well, to us at Idaho Preferred, living local means choosing Idaho grown, raised or processed products and supporting our farmers, ranchers and Idaho agricultural industry that contributes to 20% of our economy in the Gem State. If we tried, could we commit to eating local, Idaho grown, raised or processed products for a full year? It might take some planning, a few sacrifices and a little bit of creativity – but isn’t that what New Year’s Resolutions are all about?

OK, real talk – we realize that Idaho’s climate doesn’t allow for fresh produce 365 days of the year, and yes, It would be very difficult to eat 100% Idaho all year round. (Unless you did some SERIOUS planning during harvest season and canned and froze all of your favorite fruits and veggies for the winter months.) But could we commit to eating 20%-50% Idaho for a full year? Perhaps so!

Idaho has a vast abundance of agricultural products, some of which you might not even realize are made with local ingredients, making it easier than you think to consume only food and drink from this great state. Want to learn how? Read on!

Make 2017 the year you resolve to live local and eat the amazing agricultural products we grow and produce in this wonderful state.

Even during these cold winter months you can find quality local items on grocery store shelves. You just need to know what to look for and where and when to look for it! Idaho also has over fifty wineries and a new craft brewery seems to pop up everywhere you turn, as well as many restaurants that proudly serve local foods, beers, wines and spirits all year-round.

What You Can Find Local in January

Fresh Produce

Apple ShutterstockYes, it’s winter in Idaho but you can still find some fresh produce items including potatoes, onions, apples, garlic, winter squash and herbs. Potatoes, onions and squash are always a great staple to have in your kitchen as they can be added to almost any meal. There are still local apples floating around in January, too. Look for Fortress (Henggeler Packing Co.), Symms Fruit Ranch and Garrett Ranches apples at your local retail stores including Walmart, Albertsons, Winco, the Boise Co-op and Whole Foods.

Meat/Fish

brisketMeat and fish are an Idaho raised product that is always in season. Look for local beef, lamb, pork, bacon, sausage, elk, chicken, trout and venison when out shopping for your next meal. Try something different like Idaho raised yak meat from Howling Winds Farm. Look for some of our amazing Idaho meat and fish producers including 24 West Ranch, Black Pine Deer Farm, Clear Springs Foods, Snake River Farms, Double R Ranch, Lava Lake Lamb, Fish Breeders of Idaho, Gutierrez Family Farms, Falls Brand, Desert Mountain Grass Fed Beef, M&N Cattle, Sisler Ranch, Snedaker’s Fine Swine, Vogel Farms. (Click on the ranch name for more info.) Use our handy website search function to find other protein producers in the state.

Dairy

dairyIdaho is the third largest dairy state in the nation. We have an abundance of locally produced dairy products available all year-round. Look for milk, cheese, butter, cream and other products from Darigold, Meadowgold, Eden Creamery, Indegoat Che’vreHigh Desert, Wood’n Goat Garden, Ballard Family Dairy and Cloverleaf Creamery at retail stores including Walmart, Albertson’s, Winco, Whole Foods Market, M&W Warm Springs MarketRosauer’s and Vogel Farms Country Market.

Beans & Lentils

Zursun Lentils in BagsAdd a different kind of protein to your diet and shop for local beans and lentils. 13 Foods has frozen, ready-to-use garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and lentils grown right in the Palouse area! Look for their products in the frozen section of your local grocery stores. Prefer dry beans? Zursun heirloom beans and legumes can be found at the following locations here.

Flour, Bread & Baked Goods
Fresh baked bread

Do you like to bake? Purchase Idaho flour from Harvest Ridge Organics or Idaho Grain and Flour Mill. You can also get all of your other main baking ingredients: butter, milk, eggs, sugar all from Idaho.

If being Betty Crocker in the kitchen really isn’t your thing, you can still choose to purchase baked goods from some of our great bakeries that use Idaho ingredients such as Alpicella, Great Harvest Bread Co., Sweet Valley Cookie Co. and Zeppole Baking Company. Idaho breads range from artisan loaves to sliced sandwich breads. There is no excuse to NOT buy locally made breads, pastries and baked goods! Breads from Zeppole’s, Great Harvest Bread Co. and Alpicella Bakery are all made with Pendleton flour right out of Blackfoot, Idaho.

Specialty Products

Wagner's MustardWhether you’re looking for on-the-go energy, your daily chocolate fix or a savory snack, Idaho has an abundance of local, specialty foods that you can find in stores everywhere. Look for honey, jelly, jam, baking mixes, bars, soup mixes, syrups and more. A few of our favorites include: Cowboy Tom’s flapjack mix, Kaufmann Farms hearty barley soup mix, The Berry Ranch and Baker Ranch jams, jellies and fruit syrups, D’arcy’s Bakeshop pasta sauces, Fat Daddy’s caramelized onions and BBQ sauces, Fitz Wraps, Fresca Mexican Foods corn chips and tortillas, Homemade by Dorothy huckleberry, jams, syrups, baking and hot cocoa mixes, Litehouse dressings, Legacy Farms jams and jellies, Backcountry Bars, Pepper Fusion soy sauces and pepper jellies, Casa Valdez tortillas, Wagner mustard, Treasure Valley Salsa and Zacca Hummus!

Check out all of the Idaho Preferred specialty product producers here

Honey, Sugar & Chocolate

honeyCheck out our Idaho Preferred brands including Browning’s Honey Co., Cox Honey Farms, Gorder Honey Company, Reisinger Apiaries, The Honey Store, and Treasure Valley Honey & Bees Corp.! Chocolate lovers rejoice, we have some of the best local hand-dipped chocolates, gourmet fudge and confections in all the land – Weiser Classic Candy and Idaho Candy Co. take the cake in satisfying all of your sweet-tooth needs.

Beverage Products

beerThe glass is always full in Idaho as we have some amazing local beverage producers including wine, beer and spirits. The craft beer industry is booming and Idaho has landed some excellent breweries such as Payette Brewing Co., Powderhaus Brewing and Sockeye Brewing, all brewers using Idaho grown hops and barley. Sip the suds that are made with Idaho-grown ingredients. Idaho has over 50 wineries in the state, some of them use Idaho-grown grapes! Check out our list of wineries below. Idaho has some pretty amazing distilleries as well. Local spirits include potato vodkas from 44 North Vodka and whiskey and bourbon from 8 Feather Distillery. The best part about these beverages? They are not only brewed, distilled or bottled here in Idaho, they are also made with Idaho-grown hops, barley, grapes, grains and potatoes!

Wine3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, Bitner Vineyards, Cold Springs Winery, Colter’s Creek Winery, Crossings Winery, Huston Vineyards, Indian Creek Winery, Sawtooth Winery, Snake River Winery, Ste. Chapelle Winery

BeerEdge Brewing, Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, Payette Brewing Co, Powderhaus BrewingSockeye Brewing

Spirits44 North Vodka, 8 Feathers Distillery

Non-alcoholic – Try Starkey Spring Water, bottled right here in Council, ID. The water comes from an ancient geothermal spring near the Weiser River  in the Idaho Mountains. Or Rocks Natural Idaho Spring Water out of Idaho City.

For a full list of Idaho beverage producers click here.

Restaurants

Venison Meatballs - Rupert'sLove dining out? So do we. And lucky for us, we can continue to make local choices when eating outside of our own kitchens. Chefs and culinary experts in Idaho have done a fantastic job of sourcing locally grown and raised ingredients when possible and producing wonderful seasonal menus and year-round staples. Some of these year-round menu items include bread, cheese, meat and french fries but also look for the items on their seasonal menu or the daily special. Don’t be shy, ask you server, “What’s local on the menu?” They will be happy to point out the Idaho menu items for you to choose from. Any chef who is sourcing Idaho ingredients wants the consumer to know they are eating the best, quality, local products available! Most restaurants call out Idaho farms on their menu too, so just be sure to look or ask.

Check out all of our Idaho Preferred restaurants who have made a commitment to serving-up local dishes all throughout the state.

 


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Idaho is Top Travel Destination in the World

Idaho has been named the #7 Hottest Travel Destination in the world by Vogue.

Sawtooth Mountains at SunsetWhat do Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Madagascar and Idaho all have in common? They were named in the 2017 Top Ten Hottest Travel Destinations by Vogue Magazine.

According to Vogue, Idaho is having a moment – naming our great state as one of America’s top travel destinations, highlighting The Modern Hotel & Bar, endless trails to hike and bike, our amazing craft beer scene and our beloved mountains and ski resorts. Read the full article here: http://www.vogue.com/13515667/top-travel-destinations-2017/

For more information about Idaho and the things to explore, visit the Idaho Tourism website.