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Off the Beat in the Idaho Agriculture Path

It is a common known fact that Idaho is teeming with agriculture. We are known by others as the potato state and everywhere you turn there is a herd of cattle or a field of wheat. But what about the unique Idaho products; the ones that make you take a second glance and ask “We grow that here?!” Idaho agriculture is nearly as diverse as it is plentiful. Black Pine Deer Farm in McCall proves this point. While it is common in Idaho to raise cattle, sheep, and even trout Black Pine Farm took it one step further in 1998 and began raising deer. Now with over 100 head of deer they are licensed to process and market venison to consumers. They also sell other deer products including breeding stock, hides, and antlers.
Another great example of Idaho’s agricultural diversity is Groves Country Mushrooms. Based out of Parma, Mason and his wife Tia specialize in various varieties of mushrooms including King Trump and Lions Mane. Though Mason comes from a long line of onion and potato farmers he found that entering the agricultural industry was more challenging than he expected so he traded his tractor for a commercial fishing boat. He spends his summers in Alaska fishing and his winters here in Idaho raising delicious mushrooms. Morning Dew Mushrooms in Tetonia also knows a thing or two about the unique crop. As one of the largest mushroom growers in the state they use proven indoor cultivation equipment and techniques. This allows for their mushrooms to be produced and enjoyed all year long. Sarah DePont and Patrick McDonnell began growing mushrooms because of their love of the culinary world! They strive to provide quality products to their community within the heart of the Tetons.
If you thought deer and mushrooms were unique Idaho products you won’t believe what EcoBalance Farms in Hagerman is doing. Founded in 2018 EcoBalance Farms strives to become the industry leader in cricket farming. 80% of the world already eats insects – known as entomophagy- as they are a great source of protein. They also produce virtually no methane and require minimal feed, water, and space. This makes them a great alternative and addition to the Idaho Agriculture landscape.
By taking a deeper look into what the gem state has to offer, it is obvious that there is more than what meets the eye. Who knows maybe we could become known as the cricket state!