It’s one thing to shop local. That is definitely important when it comes to supporting your local community, but we don’t always think about getting our produce locally because the average grocery store just has such an abundance of great fruits and vegetables all year round that it just becomes background noise. Well, Idaho is such an amazing state for us locavores because we have some of the best and most fertile farmland in the world. Let’s explore a few of the local farms and orchards that you can frequent in order to get your fill of fresh local fruits and vegetables.
This is a great place to stop by for some fresh apples if you’re in the Caldwell area. It is completely self-serve (if you want, there are attendants you can speak with as well) and allows you to pick your fill of several varieties of apples all for a flat fee of $20 per five gallon bucket. They have Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and Fuji apples among others right now. They are open from August through the end of December. Full details here: https://www.tylersorchard.com/
The name may say berries, but they have so much more! The Berry Ranch offers a full array of different fruits and vegetables for you to pick and enjoy almost 365 days a year. You can pick your own pumpkins, blackberries, raspberries, and winter squash. They also sell honey and farm grown beef, lamb, and chicken. Check out their website here: https://www.theberryranch.com
An Idaho institution if there ever was one. For years and years, the Boise Farmers Market has been one of the most exciting things about waking up on a Saturday morning. The market typically sports more than 50 local vendors, most of whom are also local farmers that actually grow the food for the market. During the colder months, they move the street marketplace inside from November 5th through December 17th. The indoor market is located at 610 South 8th Street, in the old Foothills School Building. Website.
Just in time for fall and winter dinners! This hearty, unctuous, and mouth-watering beef stew is packed full of flavor and fresh local vegetables. It features things like carrots, onions, red wine, potatoes, and parsnips, all of which can be bought locally at the Farmer’s Market or other local venues. Here’s the full recipe. Enjoy!
Shopping locally feels good and it does actual good for your community around you. We hope this guide was a great start to your holiday shopping journey. Let’s be honest, it’s also a good excuse to get out of the house during the coming months.
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