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Food Tour Takes Boiseans to Gem County Organic Farms

Saturday, June 29


Locally grown, organic delicacies: They're not just for vegans anymore.

To mark the end of the third annual Idaho Organic Week, the Treasure Valley Food Coalition and Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides invite Boiseans to embark on a pilgrimage to two Gem County organic farms.

Back by popular demand, the Organic Gems Farm Dinner and Bus Tour departs from the Albertsons location at 16th and State streets in Boise at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, for a quick trip to Emmett and a tour of Joe and Carmen Morton's vineyard at Silver Leaf Farm. Following the tour, casual sippers and alcohol aficionados alike can sample wine by Vale Wine Company, based in Caldwell.

From Emmett, the bus heads east to Sweet for a tour of area farms and Sweet Valley Organics. At Sweet Valley, tourists can see the process of tomato, basil and pepper farming in action, in addition to vermicomposting and pastured chicken demos.

And, since bus riders' minds will be on food by this point, dinner featuring products from Sweet Valley Organics and other local farmers will be the next item on the agenda.

Idaho Organic Week, in conjunction with the Idaho Department of Agriculture, showcases the efforts of producers, farmers and organizations seeking to emphasize the diverse organic alternatives the state has to offer.

A spot on the Organic Gems bus costs $75, but includes round-trip transportation to all destinations. The admission price also covers the cost of vineyard and farm tours, wine tasting and dinner.