by Andrew Crisp
According to the organizers behind Idaho Organic Week, which runs through Saturday, June 30, Idaho's organic food industry deserves some recognition for its $71 million contribution to the economy.
Before noon on June 25, the Idaho Department of Agriculture hosted an organic products showcase in the parking lot of the Boise Co-op, complete with Idaho-grown turkey sliders, kombucha, dairy products, chocolate and more.
"We're delighted that Idahoans have the opportunity to consume these products," said Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould. "The governor also believes in what we're doing here."
She then read a proclamation from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, which officially designated the third week in June as Idaho Organic Week.
At the showcase, shoppers perused booths and noshed samples from Snake River Seed, Peaceful Belly, Purple Sage Farms, Organic Acres, Morning Star Organics, It Takes a Village Foods, Full Circle Organics, A Plus Ranch and Idaho's Bounty.
"We love being the main purveyor of organic Idaho-grown food in the Boise area," said Lee Clinton, Co-op marketing manager.
Today's showcase was one of three events that make up official organic week activities.
"In the future, we hope more people will hold their own Idaho Organic Week events, as well," said state trade specialist Lacey Menasco.
On June 27, the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides will host a field day at local Hamanishi Farms in Fruitland, known for its organic mint production.