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Morning Owl Farm Has Its Ducks in a Rownew

Without the subsidies and economies of scale enjoyed by industrial agriculturalists, local-food farmers are often trapped between their ideals and the limits of what consumers, even those who value local food, will pay.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  12-22-2011  |  Food+Drink

The Once-Blighted American Chestnut Makes a Comebacknew

Once a stately member of the Eastern hardwood forest ecosystem, up to 4 billion American chestnut trees fell victim to a blight during the 1930s and 1940s, virtually scouring the species from its native habitat.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  12-14-2011  |  Food+Drink

The Memory-Invoking Power of Quincenew

Boisean Dave Turner knows all about taste and memory, if not Marcel Proust and his madeleines. The catalyst that shot Turner into his past was quince, a fragrant apple-like fruit.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  12-07-2011  |  Food+Drink

The Raw Milk Dealnew

As the local-food movement has grown--with its emphasis on fresh and unadulterated products--so has interest in raw milk. Many of those eager to supply that new market are small-scale farmers with a couple of cows and an often-evangelical faith in raw milk.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  11-30-2011  |  Food+Drink

Goat Meanders Onto ... Menus?new

What we Americans don't get about goat--which the rest of the world does--is that goats are delicious.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  11-16-2011  |  Food+Drink

The Complications of Growing Garlic From Seednew

It's a labor of clove.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  11-10-2011  |  Food+Drink

Laughing Dog Fights For a Share of Local Hop Cropnew

"I love hops," he said in the earnest tone of a true believer. "To me, hops are what make beer beer."
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  11-03-2011  |  Food+Drink

Seeking Genetic Diversity in Abandoned Apple Orchardsnew

How 'bout them apples?
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  10-26-2011  |  Food+Drink

Palouse Wheat Farmers Go Against the Grainnew

Wayne Jensen, a third generation Idaho farmer, is trying something new: growing a portion of his crop for local Northwest markets through a Washington-based co-op called Shepherd's Grain.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  10-19-2011  |  Food+Drink

In Awe of the Pawpawnew

This friend of Huskey's had grown pawpaws back in Alabama, and knowing that Huskey loved growing odd fruit, thought he should try the stubby-banana-shaped pawpaw in Idaho.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  10-13-2011  |  Food+Drink

Idaho's Newest (Old) Wine Regionnew

It's safe to say that no one has ever mistaken Lewiston for Bordeaux, but back in the 1870s, French immigrants apparently saw the region's potential.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  10-05-2011  |  Food+Drink

Coeur d'Alene Tribe Gets Back to its Food Rootsnew

Many tribes have limited access to land suitable for practicing traditional, ancient food ways. The net result is that Native Americans tend to produce little of their own food and have limited control over the kinds of foods imported into their communities.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  09-14-2011  |  Food+Drink

The Lentil: A Beloved Legumenew

Folks flock to Palouse festival to laud lentils.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  09-07-2011  |  Food+Drink

Be-gin the Morning With Ginnew

"What we're doing is comparing our standard batch of gin with the proposed batch of gin," he said as he poured two separate gins into glasses set on a table in front of us. "We're going to smell and taste and see how they match up."
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  08-31-2011  |  Food+Drink

The Storied History of Beer Brewing in Idahonew

Back in 1888, Idaho had 33 breweries scattered across the territory, but the excitement then was fueled not by cream ales but by gold and the unquenchable thirst of camp miners.
Boise Weekly  |  Guy Hand  |  08-10-2011  |  Food+Drink

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