Idaho is more than the land of potatoes

Dinner at Sawtooth Winery, Nampa, ID – Zee Catering
Dinner at Sawtooth Winery, Nampa, ID – Zee Catering

The potato may still reign as Idaho’s number one production crop but in the agriculture section of the Twin Falls Sunday Times-News is a long list of local farmers selling everything from grass fed Tibetan yak to heirloom Anasazi® beans.

Idaho agriculture grows beyond the potato

Salad of baby vegetables & foraged greens – Zee Catering at Sawtooth Winery
Salad of baby vegetables & foraged greens – Zee Catering at Sawtooth Winery

Sun Valley and adjacent Ketchum are by far Idaho’s wealthiest communities, yet that does not mean the offerings at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival are esoteric. From the many exhibitors this journalist learned that quinoa is a complete protein. Salting a sauté pan before frying vegetables prevents sticking. Hemp seeds are high in fiber, low in carbs and packed with iron.

Sun Valley Harvest Festival was a cornucopia of food surprises

Kelley of Manitoba Harvest's Hemp Hearts – raw shelled hemp seeds
Kelley of Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts – raw shelled hemp seeds

Out in the cooking tents a number of chefs demonstrated a range of foods. Award winning vegetarian chefs to A-list celebrities Tal Ronnen and Scot Jones of West Hollywood’s Crossroads restaurant presented a twist on traditional caponata as an entrée served on black quinoa and toasted buckwheat.

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Chef Ronnen and Jones eggplant caponata over buckwheat and black quinoa

Chef Ronnen and Jones eggplant caponata over buckwheat and black quinoa
Chef Ronnen and Jones eggplant caponata over buckwheat and black quinoa

Even unique music was featured on the last day. Spike Coggins, primitive musician, enthralled guests with unique and original compositions accompanied by the banjo, harmonica and percussion instruments ranging from chains, spurs and metal cleated boots tapping out the rhythm on old railroad spikes.

Spike Coggins, primitive musician
Spike Coggins, primitive musician

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An Idaho harvest moon
An Idaho harvest moon

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