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Produce Stand Opens in Hyde Park

And Kilted Dragon Brewery heads to Garden City

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A large tent on the corner of 13th and Brumback streets displays shelves of strawberries, nectarines, peppers of all colors, bushels of asparagus, tomatoes, cilantro and more. The Farm and Garden Produce stand opened in Hyde Park May 25 and has already attracted regulars.

"We have some people that have already been in two or three times a day," said owner Bonnie Harris.

Bonnie and her husband, Stephen, run the stand together with two other employees.

"The North End needed this," Bonnie said. "They're health conscious and buy locally. We enjoy working with local farmers and providing local food to the public."

Stephen said Farm and Garden prioritizes selling local food first but admitted only 5 percent to 10 percent of the products the stand sells now are local.

"But by July and August, it will be 90 percent," Stephen said.

Their produce will come from Global Gardens, a refugee farming program in Boise, as well as Morning Owl Farm. The stand also sells bread from Zeppole, milk from Cloverleaf Creamery and coffee from Dawson Taylor.

Moving from Global Gardens to Garden City, we'd like to suggest the town rename itself Craft Beer City. In addition to Payette Brewing Company and Crooked Fence Brewing, Garden City will now boast Kilted Dragon, which is setting up its small three-barrel system at 9115 Chinden Blvd., Ste. 107, right next to the Garden City DMV.

Co-owners Cory Matteucci and Jeremy Canning are both homebrewers who have been talking about getting a more legit facility off the ground since 2010.

"It's becoming much more real: We've signed the lease, we're paying rent and we're working toward becoming a viable business, but there's a lot of red tape, a lot more red tape than I was expecting," said Matteucci.

Kilted Dragon plans to open a tasting room at its facility, where it will sell kegs and growlers. It will also distribute its beer to a number of local restaurants.

"We don't have the volume that Payette has, we don't have the volume that Crooked Fence has, at least not initially," explained Matteucci. "So we're probably going to be catering to more of a niche market."

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