The Edible Gem of Idaho
Did you know that the prized berry that so many of us spend days tromping over hill-and-dale and through thick brush to find is actually the official state fruit of Idaho? That’s right, the tiny huckleberry ranks right up there with potatoes and garnets on the list of things Idaho is famous for. The most common species found here is the thin-leaved huckleberry, which grows in elevations between 2000 and 11000 feet, but is most commonly found between 4000-6000 feet. While many have tried, a huckleberry bearing it’s true flavor has never been cultivated in commercial production. Part of the reason for that is that plants depend on snow to insulate them so that they can survive during the winter, making commercial production at lower elevations difficult.
So, if you can, head to some of our more popular harvesting areas: Bunco Mountain or the Fernan Saddle…
OR… (wait for it)
Let our farmers do the hard work for you! Huckleberries are available at both the Saturday and Wednesday markets for a limited time. They’re generally sold in quart and gallon bags. Be sure to arrive early, as they do sell out.
This berry is easily frozen for enjoyment through the rest of the year.
Pro Tip: Susi Faville (the Tomato Lady) makes a delicious Huckleberry Jalapeno Jam!
Saturday: Kyle Swafford
Wednesday: Bill Bozly
|Fresh this Week: Huckleberries, Red Raspberries, Golden Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Loganberries, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Yellow Squash, Leeks, Sweet and Hot Peppers, Pickling Cucumbers, Sweet Onions, Potatoes, Celery, Sugar Snap Peas, Shelling Peas, Show Peas, Green Beans, Yellow Beans, Romano Beans, Kohlrabi, Red Onions, Zucchini, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Broccoli, Broccoliini, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Garlic, Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Salad Mix, Radishes, Daikon, Fava Beans, Green Onions, Cilantro, Basil, Arugula, Bok Choi, Fresh Flowers.|
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