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Idaho Preferred Connects Idahoans with Local Garden Centers, Brews, and Grub

Last updated February 29, 2024 by Totally Boise

Planting season is upon us and with the Treasure Valley’s unique soil and climate, Idaho Preferred wants you to know that “what grows in Idaho thrives in Idaho!” New to Totally Boise? Idaho Preferred is a program that helps you identify local food and agricultural products grown, raised, or processed in the Gem State. Simply put, Idaho Preferred helps Idahoans find and source locally grown and raised goods, further supporting local farmers, ranchers, food crafters, and the economy. Look for the logo to know it’s local! !

The program, administered by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, is all about making it easy for you to find, eat, and drink local Idaho goodness! This spring, you can easily start your own Idaho-grown garden by looking for the Idaho Preferred logo when shopping at local nurseries and greenhouses. And if you’re in the mood for a cold brew while you prep your yard, Idaho Preferred can help you find the perfect Farm to Bottle beer made from locally focused brewers using the freshest Idaho-grown barley and hops. After all that gardening, you’re sure to be hungry! Idaho Preferred has a new video series showcasing Idaho’s unique Farm to Chef connections across the state.

Alright, who’s ready to truly embrace their inner Idahoan? Keep reading about how you can live and eat locally this spring!

Start Your Idaho-Grown Garden

If you're looking to spice up your yard and have a successful growing season, but don't want the hassle of running around hunting for supplies, Idaho Preferred has got you covered! For two decades now, they've been connecting local Idahoans with high-quality nursery products from within our state. And trust us when we say: what's grown in Idaho is gonna thrive here too!

When shopping for lawn and garden goods, look out for the Idaho Preferred logo - it's like a badge of honor guaranteeing top-notch quality right from within our state lines. Due to Idaho’s unique soil and microclimate conditions, it is vital to buy Idaho-grown plants to ensure a healthy and prosperous lawn or landscape. Support local nurseries and greenhouse growers to help ensure lawn and garden care success.

Idaho Preferred makes getting an edge on your gardening so easy. Find local lawn, and garden growers and expert farmers on the Idaho Preferred’s FIND LOCAL locator online directory.

Locally Grown Nursery Guide Locally Grown Nursery Directory

Start Your Idaho-Grown Garden
Start Your Idaho-Grown Garden

Pour One Out For Idaho Brews

Sure, it’s 5:00 somewhere, but in Idaho, it's always Hoppy Hour! That’s because Idaho is the nation’s number one producer of barley and the number two producer of hops!

Idaho is one of the only “field-to-bottle” states in the nation, meaning Idaho hops and barley can be taken directly from the field and processed within the state to produce some of the freshest-tasting craft beer around. We’re pretty hoppy about that!

It’s no secret we Boisians love our local breweries, and apparently, so does the rest of the nation! Idaho’s microbrew industry is gaining regional and national recognition for its quality, locally crafted brews. And now, stocking up on our fave Idaho beers is even easier. Use Idaho Preferred’s Farm to Bottle directory to locate all the places you can purchase and enjoy your favorite Idaho craft brews!

Farm to Bottle Guide: Coming soon!

Brewery Directory

Pour One Out For Idaho BrewsIdaho Restaurants Making a Locally Grown Impact

Great things happen when farmers and chefs connect– food gets fresher and healthier while nourishing local economies. That’s what Idaho Preferred’s new video series on Idaho’s Farm-to-Chef Connections is all about! Watch and devour as they explore tasty connections all over the state featuring Boise Chefs, Kris Komori of KIN Restaurant and the Art Haus Bar and Edward Higgins of The Lively with Fiddlers Green Farm and McIntyre Pastures!

Are you a sucker for the freshest and most locally sourced ingredients? Who isn’t? Finding a local restaurant that is committed to stocking their kitchens with locally grown ingredients based on seasonally focused menus begins with Idaho Preferred’s Farm to Table Restaurant directory! Choosing to eat at local restaurants, diners, establishments, and food trucks that are committed to supporting Idaho farmers, ranchers, and food crafters just tastes better!

Idahos Farm to Chef Connection Series Farm to Table Restaurant Directory

Pour One Out For Idaho Brews

Supporting Local All Year

Getting excited about your commitment to supporting local? As we get closer to summer, you can start thinking about how you can shop local and fill your fridge with Idaho-grown and raised products.

Shop Local with Idaho Preferred

And don’t stop there! Learn about how Idaho Preferred is supporting local farmers during harvest season and Idaho Preferred Month, coming this September.

Idaho Preferred During Harvest Season




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