Seasonal Products for May


Fresh Asparagus In ColanderSpring has sprung and with it comes the warm weather needed to produce the most mouth-watering asparagus. April, May and a few weeks into June are prime months to buy locally grown asparagus and you don’t have to go far to find this tasty and nutritious vegetable in Idaho.

As the days warm up, asparagus grows rapidly – sometimes growing as much as 5 inches in one day! Producers pick asparagus daily, cutting each stock by hand. Harvest usually starts mid-April and typically peaks around Mother’s Day. Hydro-cooled after cutting to keep it in its finest form, our producers have mastered the art of harvesting this fresh, healthy and high-quality vegetable. You can find Idaho asparagus at retailers, farmers markets and farm stands across southern Idaho.

With so many ways to prepare asparagus, the variety of recipes seems endless. Grill it, steam it, sauté it with other vegetables or combine its nutty flavors with smoked trout and finish it off with a crisp, fruit filled glass of Idaho Riesling.

Asparagus Basics

What to Look For: Thickness is a matter of taste, and stalks should be bright green and firm. Choose bunches with tightly closed tips and no flowering.

How to Store: Asparagus is best cooked the day it’s purchased, but it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to five days in one of the following ways: Wrap the bottoms of the stalks in a damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag, store in crisper, or stand the bundled stalks in a bowl with about an inch of water.

Asparagus Recipes:




The beef industry is the largest livestock industry within Idaho. Cattle are raised in all 44 counties and outnumber the number of people within the state! Idaho is ranked in the top 15 within the nation for the production of beef cattle. While Idaho is home to some larger cattle operations such as Agri-Beef and Simplot most beef operations are family owned and operated. These operations raise various types of beef including grain-fed, grass-finished, organic, and natural. Idaho is also home to the nation’s largest producer of American-style Kobe beef; known for its high-quality marbling and is served in 5-star restaurants throughout the world. Beef is also stocked full of protein and contains the 10 essential nutrients including iron, protein, Vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorus, and zinc.


Beef Picadillo Stuffed Acorn Squash

Beef and Pea Pod Stir Fry

Chilly Day Beef Chili

Grilled Beef Tri-Tip

Idaho Corned Beef

Idaho Shepherd’s Pie

Smoky Beef Brisket Dinner

Steak and Potatoes

Idaho Preferred Beef Cattle Producers:

24 West Ranch

  • 6725 W. Dry Creek Rd.
    Boise, Idaho 83714

Amber Valley Farms

  • 2200 N. Plaza Road
    Emmett, Idaho 83617

Desert Mountain

  • PO Box 124
    Hammett, Idaho 83621

Gutierrez Family Farms

  • 8422 Bennett Road
    Nampa, Idaho 83686

Red Star Ranch

  • 1908 E. 1300 S.
    Hazelton, Idaho 83335

Sisler Ranch

  • 4455 Sunset Dr.
    Emmett, Idaho 83617

Snake River Farms

  • 1555 Shorline Dr.
    3rd Floor, Suite 320
    Boise, Idaho 83702

Weiser River Ranch

  • PO Box 5
    Council, Idaho 83612

Weiser River Signature Beef LLC

  • 777 Indian Valley Rd.
    Indian Valley, Idaho 83632

Wood River Ranch Beef

  • 10524 Highway 75
    Bellevue, Idaho 83313


cloverleaf creameryIdaho beverage choices are as varied as the foods. As one of the top milk producers in the nation, Idaho dairy farm families provide nutritious milk that is widely available.

Because of our natural sprints, we have great bottle water producers here in Idaho too, like Rocks bottled water in Idaho City and Starkey Spring Water.

Other beverages include fresh apple cider made with Idaho-grown apples as well as hard ciders.

WebSlider_winter2015_Wine_mobileIdaho’s wine industry continues to grow and provide a wide variety of quality varietals. With over 40 wineries across the state, Idaho wines are plentiful and easily found at retailers, wine shops and restaurants. Idaho’s unique climate and volcanic soils allow cultivation of grapes of exceptional sweetness and acidity needed for production of wines with great character to pair with everyday meals and special celebrations.

idaho beer flightBut wine is not the only industry seeing great growth. The Idaho micro-beer industry is achieving regional and national recognition for its quality brews made from locally grown barley and hops. These beers are making their way into grocery stores and restaurants across the state. In addition, Idaho’s spirits industry in enjoying great popularity. Potato vodka, flavored with Idaho’s state fruit – the huckleberry – is just one of the many specialty beverages gaining national attention.



dairyDid you know that Idaho is one of the top dairy producing states in the nation? That’s right. We rank 3rd in milk and cheese production in the US. The milk purchased at local retailers is most likely produced and processed in Idaho. As a major cheese processor, Idaho produces cheddar, Colby Jack, cream cheese, cottage cheese and other pasteurized cheeses. You can find Idaho cheeses, including cheese branded under the Idaho label, throughout the year. Other milk products produced in Idaho include butter, sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

Fun Facts

  • Dairy is Idaho’s #1 agriculture industry.
  • 70% of the milk produced in Idaho is made into cheese.
  • One 8 oz. glass of milk provides 30% of daily calcium needs.
  • Milk contains nine essential nutrients including protein, potassium and Vitamins A, D and B12.

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Want to check out some of the great dairies around the state? Download the Idaho Dairy Trail Map.



Idaho Forest Products

When you start to think about your next home improvement project make sure to look for Idaho forest products. Whether it is lumber for a new deck, shingles or wood framed windows you need, all of these products can come from Idaho’s forests.

Forest products include all products made of wood fiber such as timber, wood chips, sawdust or shavings including lumber, paper, particleboard, fence, corral posts or rails, shingles, shakes, firewood or pellets, logs used in the construction of log homes or any other product sold commercially. Idaho’s forests are one of the states most valuable resources and provide us with high quality materials.

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By choosing Idaho forest products you are helping  to grow our local economy. To find Idaho wood products look for the Idaho Preferred logo at your local lumber or home improvement store.

For more information visit the Idaho Forest Products Commissions website.

Fresh Herbs

freshherbsIn Idaho, a wide variety of culinary herbs are grown in greenhouses and outdoors. Greenhouse production allows some local herbs to be available almost year-around but most are grown outdoors and available only seasonally. Purple Sage Farms in Middleton, one of Idaho’s largest herb producers, has begun to dry herbs which further extends availability. You can find Idaho herbs in grocery stores and at farmers markets.

Fresh Herbs Basics

What to Look for: Fresh herbs are delicate. Look for herbs that are bright green and appear to hold their shape. Avoid herbs that are browning or wilting.

How to Store: Wash herbs with a salad spinner with cold water. Swirl the herbs gently around in the water to loosen any debris. Drain the water, then spin the herbs dry and lay them on a layer of paper towels and pat gently with more paper towels to blot away any excess moisture. Store by arranging them lengthwise in a single layer on a slightly damp paper towel, rolling them up like a jelly roll, then transfer the bundle to a plastic zipper lock bag and store in the refrigerator.

Fun Facts about Mint

  • Idaho ranks 3rd in the nation for mint production with 13,000 acres harvested annually.
  • Idaho grows both spearmint and peppermint.
  • Toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum manufacturers use about 90% of mint oil.
  • One drop of mint oil can produce over 30 sticks of gum.



Looking for a special gift idea?

Consider locally grown and produced Idaho Preferred® gifts that are not only unique, but also support local agriculture and the economy.

Idaho Gift Baskets

Specialty food baskets are the perfect gift because they can be personalized for each person on your shopping list. Create a unique basket with Idaho specialty foods including jams, jellies, syrups, honey, soup and baking mixes.

Breakfast in a Basket: The most important meal of the day is a great local gift! Include Cowboy Tom’s Flapjack mix, homemade jam or fruit syrups from D’arcy’s,  The Berry Ranch, Legacy Farms or Baker Ranch. Add some huckleberry cocoa mix from Homemade by Dorothy and healthy, all-natural Backcountry Bars to the ensemble. This gift will be sure to please the “morning person” on your list.  

Savory Foods Basket: Build a gift with more savory flavors with Idaho Preferred Wagner Mustard or Mom’s Mustard, Treasure Valley Salsa, a unique blackberry pepper jelly or spice mix from Rivers Bend Candles and Crafts, hearty Barley Soup mix from Kauffman Farmsa tasty variety of hummus dips from Zacca Hummus and zesty pickled veggies from Dilly’s. Don’t forget, local honey makes a great gift and ships well to friends and family from out of state to give them a sweet taste of local! Find a list of Idaho Preferred honey producers here.

beerFor Beer Lovers: Why not get a little crafty and put together a holiday gift basket that includes a six-pack of their favorite micro-brew from Sockeye, Edge, Payette or Powderhaus Brewing along with some local meats and cheese? Each brewery features a unique variety of craft beers including seasonal flavors. They also offer the option of filling a growler of beer currently on tap – make a growler basket your friends and family will enjoy refilling all year long!

Local Idaho Wine and Chocolates

The Wine & Spirit Enthusiast: Another great gift idea is an all-Idaho wine basket. It is easy to create a collection to please even the most discerning palate – from award-winning Riesling to rich and complex Tempranillo.  For a list of Idaho Preferred wineries click here or go to

If your adult friends and family are not wine and beer drinkers, consider Idaho spirits like potato and huckleberry vodkas from 44 North Vodka or an Idaho whiskey from 8 Feathers Distillery –  perfect for holiday celebrations.

Ballard Cheese plate

Cheese: Nothing quite completes a holiday gift basket like delicious Idaho cheese. Pair a block of cheese with any Idaho food and beverage basket, or give an all-cheese basket like one of these special gift selections from Ballard Family Dairy and Cheese. For something unique, try the Idaho Golden Greek Grilling cheese. This delicious Halloumi-style cheese will brown in a skillet without melting and goes great on local bread drizzled with Idaho honey or a dollop of Baker Ranch raspberry jam. Try making this Grillin Cheese Appetizer for your own holiday party or include it on a homemade recipe card in your gift basket! Ballard’s also offers a wide range of other cheeses such as Idaho White Cheddar, Truffle Salt Cheddar, Pepper Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, Feta and several flavors of fresh cheese curds (squeaky cheese) that can be found at retailers throughout the state. You can find a complete list of their cheese here.

Love a good goat cheese? So do we! And we have some top-notch Idaho goat cheese producers. Try Indie Goat Che’vre, Wood n’ Goat Garden or Eden Creamery cheeses. Delicious as an appetizer or smeared on local bread or fruit and exceptional paired with an Idaho wine. You can find Idaho cheeses at local retailers including Walmart, Albertsons, Winco, the Boise Co-op and Whole Foods Market.

Fresh baked breadBread: Let’s face it, we all love carbs. Breads and pastries also make excellent gifts during the holidays. Add some carbolicous local goodies to your basket with some delicious freshly baked bread from Zeppole Baking Company, Alpicella Bakery or Great Harvest Bread Co.!

Sweet Valley Cookie Co.Cookies: During the holidays, time is always hard to find, so save some of it and get your holiday cookies from Sweet Valley Cookie Co. Soft, chewy and absolutely delightful, these cookies are the perfect gift. Make sure to get some for yourself too!

Chocolate: How could we forget chocolate?! Find decadent chocolate toffee from the Toffee Cottage in Emmett or amazing specialty chocolates made with Idaho ingredients from Weiser Classic Candy or Idaho Candy Co.!

apples, flour, eggs

For the Iron Chef: Do you have someone that loves to cook or bake on your list? Start with the Idaho Preferred cookbook that features over 100 recipes that use Idaho ingredients all grouped by season. Add some ingredients to their basket like Idaho flour from Idaho Grain and Flour Mills or Harvest Ridge Organics, local eggs from Vogel Farms, local honey, Idaho sugar, local apples, fingerling potatoes from Southwind Farms and dairy products from Cloverleaf Creamery,  Darigold, High Desert Milk or Boise Milk.

Add a touch of fancy and consider including Idaho sturgeon caviar, American style Kobe beef from M&N Cattle or 100% grass-fed and finished beef from Desert Mountain, lamb from Lava Lake Lamb or Gutierrez Family Farms.

And BACON. Want the best bacon in all the land? Check-out Sneadaker’s Fine Swine. Visit their Facebook page and give them a call to order specialty pork products, or pick up some Falls Brand bacon at your local grocery.

Killer Whey! - Vanilla Ice CreamFor Your Buff, Carb-Conscious Companion: Staying healthy during the holidays is tough, but some people are dedicated to their diets and workout regimen no matter what time of the year. Have someone on your list like this? Then give them the gift of Killer Whey!, a new healthy ice cream made with Idaho dairy whey protein and sweetened with Xylitol (a natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables). Read more about Killer Whey! ice cream here.

Or try giving them a gift card to stores like Whole Foods Market or the Boise Co-op where they can load up on all of their favorite local health-nut foods.

Last Minute Local Gifts: No time to build a basket and need a gift in a pinch? Let Vogel Farms Country Market or Dorothy’s do it for you! Check out Vogel Farms’ fantastic selection of  all-Idaho gift baskets here or create your own special basket online with Homemade by Dorothy products. Not really a gift-baskety giver? Who doesn’t love a good gift card?! Run out (or even call, some restaurants take payment by phone) and grab a gift certificate to a locally owned restaurant that features seasonal, Idaho ingredients on their menu. Restaurants all over the state are supporting Idaho farmers and ranchers by serving local foods on their menus. Visit our list of local restaurants that serve an abundance of Idaho-grown foods. Do you know of a restaurant in Idaho that does an amazing job of sourcing local foods that you don’t see on our list? Please let us know by contacting Idaho Preferred Christmas Elf.

This year, give thoughtful gifts made from the highest quality foods and beverages, produced locally by Idaho farmers, ranchers, winemakers, brewers and specialty food producers.

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grainsIdaho breads baked with the finest Idaho ingredients, including Idaho flour can be found at local bakeries, retailers, farmers markets, and even served in restaurants. Idaho bakers make a wide variety of breads from baguettes and rolls to specialty and sandwich breads.

Idaho grains such as barley, wheat, spelt, and flax can be found throughout the year. Idaho ranks 2nd in the nation in barley production and is one of the top 10 wheat producing state. In addition to bread, Idaho grains are used in tortillas, pasta, crackers, cookies, cereal and more.

Fun Facts about Wheat

  • Idaho ranks 5th in the nation in wheat production.
  • Wheat is grown in 42 of the 44 counties in Idaho.
  • Whole grains from wheat provide fiber and other nutrients to keep your body healthy.
  • A bushel of Idaho wheat weighs about 60 lbs. and will make 75 loaves of bread.
  • Idaho growers produce close to 100 million bushels of wheat.
  • One acre (about the size of a football field) produces enough wheat to provide your family with break for 10 years!



greensSeveral types of greens are grown in Idaho including spring mixes, kale, different lettuce varieties, spinach, arugula and more. Greens like cooler temperatures and are therefore some of the first vegetables to appear in the spring – some as early as March. Others can tolerate heat and are available throughout the summer and fall. Some Idaho greens are produced in greenhouses which provides a consistent supply of greens for consumers and restaurants from early spring through late fall. Find Idaho greens at the farmers market, on the menu at several Idaho Preferred restaurants and through Idaho’s Bounty.

Green Basics

What to Look for: Look for leafy greens that have a rich color. Avoid greens that are browning or wilting.

How to Store: Wash greens with a salad spinner with cold water. Swirl the herbs gently around in the water to loosen any debris. Drain the water and spin the greens. Drain water spun from greens, then store greens in a salad container in the refrigerator.

Fun Facts

  • Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food.
  • They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins.

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Lamb and Pork

sheep and lamb


Sheep ranching is one of Idaho’s oldest agricultural traditions.  At 230,000 head, Idaho ranks among the top 10 states in the US for sheep and lambs.   Idaho ranchers produce a flavorful, nutrient-rich lean meat to enjoy this Easter.


Rosemary Braised Idaho Lamb Shanks

Lamb Leg with Roasted Potatoes

Tandoori Lamb Wrap

Lamb Wrap

Lamb Locavore Burgers

Idaho Preferred Sheep Farms

Purple Sage Farms

  • 11741 Bullock Lane
    MiddletonID 83644

Gutierrez Family Farms

  • 8422 Bennett Road
    NampaID 83686

Mountain Valley Farmstead

  • 7 Mac Nab Lane 
    CarmenID 83462


Idaho’s pork processing history dates back to 1904. Our processors primarily focus on specialty items like cured meats, fresh sausage, natural pork and more. Independent Meats, a well known Idaho brand has a processing plant located in Twin Falls and can be found in most retailers across the state. Local farms like Snedaker’s Fine Swine can be found at the McCall Farmers Market during market season. Vogel Farms located in Kuna has an on-site farm stand open year around.


Pork Shoulder with Grain Pilaf and Stone Fruit Relish

Falls Brand Baked Ham with Honey-Apricot Glaze

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Brushetta

Pork Rack with Asparagus Slaw

Idaho Preferred Pork

Independent Meat Co.

  • 2072 Orchard Ave east
    Twin FallsID 83303

Snedaker’s Fine Swine

  • 3001 Cemetary Road
    CambridgeID 83610

Vogel Farms

  • 9501 Robinson
    KunaID 83634

Meats and Fish

Idaho Sausage on BBQ
Idaho producers raise a large variety of meats from chicken to cattle and trout to yak. You can easily find local meats at retail locations, farmers markets, or by purchasing on-line, direct from the producer.

Ranchers in Idaho produce many types of beef including grain and grass-fed, organic and natural. Idaho even has producers of American-style Kobe beef. American-style Kobe beef is highly marbled and of the highest quality.

Idaho is the number one trout producing state in the U.S. growing 46% of all farm raised trout. Sturgeon meat, Idaho caviar, tilapia, and catfish are also raised in Idaho.

Pork producers and processors in Idaho offer both fresh and processed pork products such as sausage, ham and chorizo. Other meat products such as lamb, chicken, goat, turkey and even yak are raised and processed in Idaho and can be found throughout the year at grocery stores, farmers markets and on-line.


The Idaho Preferred program stretches beyond just food and beverages to promote many other local Idaho businesses and agriculture products. In addition to local nursery and forest products, Idaho Preferred members produce hay, pet foods, wool products, potting soil mixes and more.


Plant Idaho Flowers

Flowers at local Idaho nursery and greenhouseNursery and greenhouse production is an important agricultural industry in Idaho making it easy to fill your garden and flower pots with locally grown plants. Look for the Idaho Preferred logo on hanging baskets, flower bowls, herb starts and plants grown in local greenhouses. Growers such as Ward’s Greenhouse, Moss Greenhouses, Olson’s Greenhouse and Warm Springs Greenhouse supply to local nurseries and garden centers in southwest Idaho including Zamzows, D&B Supply, Bi-Mart, Walmart and Albertsons while Rustic Gardens, Sunnyside Gardens, Town & Country Gardens and Blue Barn Produce & More sell direct to consumers at on-site locations and farmers markets.

Flowers at local Greenhouse and NurseryIdaho nursery growers and local greenhouses also carry a wide range of annuals and perennials. You can give your garden a new look every growing season with annuals such as pansies, petunias, and marigolds. Their life cycles lasts one season which allows for fun experimentation. Perennials such as salvia, peonies, day lilies or rudbeckia can help brighten up your garden, and once established, most perennials are low-maintenance. Perennials thrive during spring and summer, die back in colder months and return to bloom in spring, giving your garden a consistent look each growing season.

Need a little help with your garden planning? FarWest Landscape and Garden Center is a full-service gardening center, staffed by expert gardeners, that can help you with all of your green-thumb needs including planting and delivery service. Idaho also produces excellent, earth-friendly soil and compost products in the state from processors such as Magic Dirt potting soil, Magic Valley Compost and Smart Gro fertilizer.


Grow Idaho Trees and Shrubs

Idaho also has several tree farms throughout the state that grow hearty, beautiful trees that thrive in Idaho’s high desert climate. 

If you need to add a little shade to your yard look for locally grown trees from Clayton Tree Farm, Cloverdale Nursery, Bonners Ferry Nursery, Du-Rite Nursery, or Town & Country Gardens.

Idaho 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 how to prepare the ground for site planting. Buying Idaho-grown plants and trees is not only a great way to support the local economy, but the plants are also acclimated to the growing conditions in Idaho assuring a magnificent lawn, landscape or garden.

Click here to view a map of local nurseries and growers throughout the state.


Idaho Onion GrowersThe Snake River Valley area in Idaho and Eastern Oregon is the largest onion growing region in the U.S. The climate and soil create the perfect conditions for growing yellow, white and red varieties. Crops are planted in March and April and harvested starting in August. State-of-the-art storage facilities allow Idaho-Eastern Oregon onions to be available from August through March or April.

Idaho onions are known for their golden color, globe shape, remarkably mild flavor and crisp texture. These attributes combine to make Idaho onions some of the most versatile, best tasting, and popular onions in the world.

Onion Basics

What To Look For: It’s important to select a fresh onion and the right variety for your cooking needs. The freshest onions will be heavy in your hand and firm to the touch.

  • Yellow Onions: When a recipe calls for onions, it’s almost always referring to the all-purpose yellow onion variety. Yellow onions have a strong astringent flavor that will make your eyes swell with tears, but become sweeter the longer they cook.
  • White Onions: Many people confuse white and yellow onions. But the biggest difference is how they are prepared in the kitchen. While they can be substituted for cooking yellow onions, a white onion is best served raw. White onions are often used in salsa and on hamburgers.
  • Red Onions: Red onions add a beautiful splash of color to your dish and have a mild flavor that is perfect for enjoying raw.
  • Sweet Onions: Vidalia, Walla Walla and Spanish are all types of sweet onion. Naturally very sweet, they are often found in onion rings, or by the true onion lover as the star on a parsley and onion sandwich. Sweet onions can be yellow or white in color, but they have more water and less sulfur compared to other onions, which is why they don’t have a sharp flavor. They don’t store as long as other onions, so be sure to enjoy them within a few days of purchasing.

How to Store: Onions can store well for up to two weeks in a cool, dark place. If an onion is soft or gives off a powerful odor, it has most likely passed its peak of freshness.

Fun Facts

  • Idaho ranks 5th in the nation in onion production.
  • Southwest Idaho is famous for Giant Spanish sweet onions.
  • 25% of all U.S. onions come directly from the Snake River Valley of Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
  • Idaho onions are high in Vitamin C and folate, and they are a great source of fiber, Vitamin B6 and Potassium.

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Eat Local Idaho: USDA Organic
What kind of Organic Products are Grown in Idaho?
Idaho has over 250 operations that produce a diversity of organic crops including vegetables, meats, milk, eggs, and wine, as well as non-food crops such as hay and barley.

An Idaho-certified organic food product is one which has been produced without the use of synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides or growth regulators for a period of at least 36 months prior to harvest. It is a product marketed using the term ‘organic’ (or as a derivative) in its labeling or advertising and is processed, packaged, transported and stored to retain maximum nutritional value, without the use of artificial preservatives, coloring or other additives, irradiation or synthetic pesticides. The organic system of production emphasizes sustainability and limited natural inputs, relying heavily on such things as crop rotation and animal manure for soil health and fertility.

Find Organic Products from Idaho Preferred Members>>


peasIdaho grows two types of peas – dry edible and fresh garden peas. Dry edible peas include chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Garden pea varieties include snow peas, sugar snap peas and other traditional garden peas.

Pea Basics

What to Look For:

  • Snow Peas: When purchasing snow peas, choose the greenest ones with small, flat seeds. Once you get snow peas home, remove from packaging and rinse, dry, and place in a paper bag. Store snow peas in the vegetable crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Snow peas can be eaten raw or are great in a stir-fry.
  • Snap Peas: Snap peas, or sugar snap peas, are eaten either as young flat pods or after the peas have grown and are fat and juicy in the pods. Choose snap peas that are a deep emerald green, and because you eat the entire pod, look for snap peas without nicks or bruises. When eaten raw, snap peas are sweet and crunchy. Sugar snap peas are easy to store, just seal them in a plastic bag, place them in the refrigerator, and enjoy within 5 days.
  • Green Peas: Green peas, or garden peas, have inedible pods and must be shelled. To shell green peas, rinse pods under water, snap off the top and bottom of the pod, and gently pull off the “thread” that lines the seam of the peapod. Gently open the pods to remove the seeds. Green peas are best cooked and can be steamed until tender.

How to Store: Use them quickly or freeze them. Peas don’t have much of a shelf life. Store pods in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator and use them within a couple of days. Once they’re shelled, the best way to store peas is to freeze them.

Fun Facts:

  • Peas are a great source of fiber, protein, folate and important antioxidants.
  • Peas contain key minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium.
  • Dry peas, lentils and chickpeas are so high in protein that they can be found in the meat group as well as the vegetable group.




Famous Idaho Potatoes
With over a century of growing potatoes, Idaho is the the top producer in the US and has been every year since 1957. Idaho produces around 30% of all U.S. fall production each year. The growing conditions in Idaho give farmers an advantage. Warm days, cool nights, ample water supplies and fertile volcanic soils are ideal for tuber sets, producing a potato with a high solid count- the secret behind fluffy bakers and firm french fries. While the russet is the most well-known of the Famous Idaho Potatoes, Idaho also grows more than 25 other varieties including Yukon Golds, Reds, and Fingerlings. Potatoes are harvested in the fall but available year around in grocery stores and restaurants

In 1837 Henry Spalding, a Presbyterian missionary, planted the first potatoes in Lapwai, Idaho. Today, potatoes are grown on nearly 350,000 acres across southern and eastern parts of the state. If we had to eat all the potatoes grown in Idaho, every man, women and child in Idaho would have to eat 55 potatoes every single day, all year long! Instead, Idaho potatoes are exported across the US and around the world!

Potato Recipes

Move over baked and mashed potatoes, these recipes are stealing the show! Try a new potato recipe for dinner tonight:



Radishes at Farmers Market
Radishes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in a garden and go from seed to harvest in just a few weeks. Although not grown commercially in Idaho, you can find radishes early in the spring and throughout the summer at farmers markets and farm stands. Radishes come in several colors and flavors. For the mildest flavors, choose young, smaller varieties.


Idaho Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Rhubarb can be found in Idaho at most farmers markets or maybe in your backyard from late May through August. Known for its tart flavor, rhubarb can be used in a variety of sweet dishes from pies, cakes, and desserts to savory dishes such as sauces, conserves, and pickles. When selecting rhubarb look for firm stalks that can range from green to dark red. While the stalks are ideal for cooking the leaves are poisonous so make sure to discard them properly.

Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Make a pie tonight and get more recipe ideas in the Live.Eat.Local: Idaho Recipes for All Seasons cookbook.

Specialty Foods

What is a specialty food?

Specialty foods are edible goods that are made with unique and high-quality ingredients in small quantities such as honey, jellies and jams, mustard, baking mixes, sauces and granola. All Idaho Preferred specialty food products are made with Idaho-grown ingredients. When you choose Idaho Preferred specialty products you are supporting local businesses and Idaho farmers!

Because Idaho is rich in agriculture, we have an impressive variety of specialty foods containing locally sourced ingredients. There are some unique products like Idaho sturgeon caviar and on-the-go meals like Fit Wrapz. Specialty foods also make great gifts as most have a long shelf life and are easy to add into customized baskets. Learn more about local gifts here.

Look for the following specialty products when you are out shopping at grocery stores and farmers markets all throughout the state:

BeveragesRock’s Natural Spring Water, Starkey Spring Water

Candy & Chocolate – Weiser Classic Candy, The Toffee Cottage

CaviarFish Breeders of Idaho

Cooking & Baking MixCowboy Tom’s, Homemade by Dorothy, Kauffman Hearty Barley Soup Mix, D’Arcy’s Bakeshoppe

Drink Mix/Hot CocoaHomemade by Dorothy

Granola/Energy Bars – Nature’s Indulgence Granola, Backcountry Bar

HoneyBrowning’s Honey Co., Cox Honey Farms, Rocky Mountain Honey Co., Reisinger Apiaries, The Honey Store, Treasure Valley Honey & Bees, Wood’n Goat Garden, Orchard Valley Bees

HummusZacca Hummus

Jam/JellyThe Berry Ranch, Homemade by Dorothy, Baker Ranch, Pepper Fusion Products, Legacy Farms

MustardWagner’s Mustard

Salad DressingLitehouse

SauceD’Arcy’s Bakeshoppe

SoupGina Cucina LLC.

SyrupHomemade by Dorothy