How Does Your Garden Grow? Spring planting advice from a local farmer

Illustration by Felicia Weston.

For gardeners old and new, the first sunny days of spring incite an industrious fervor that can border on insanity. If ever there was a way to bite off more than you can chew, it’s planting a garden after a long winter’s amnesia. Weeds? What are those? Canning? It’s heaven on Earth!

So before you rip up half your lawn and start buying seeds, and your … Read More

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Fizzy Rizza: Coiled Wines releases sparkling Riesling

Photo by Guy Hand.

The only thing that sparkled more than Coiled Wines’ Rizza at its debut party in December was winemaker Leslie Preston. And it wasn’t just her sequined dress. It had been a crazy few months for Preston and she had every reason to shine. Preston nailed her first attempt at making a sparkling Riesling utilizing méthode champenoise, the arduous and expensive process whereby wine undergoes a secondary … Read More

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The World Under One Roof: Boise International Market Offers a Cornucopia of Culture

Photo by Laurie Pearman.

The Boise International Market, a cultural cornucopia celebrating Boise’s international community, recently opened on the Bench at Franklin and Curtis Roads. Operated on a business incubator model, BIM features various types of small companies from ethnic restaurants and produce stands to tea sellers and coffee shops, with a couple of clothing shops sprinkled in. Business owners rent their spaces; in return, BIM provides the infrastructure and … Read More

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Chocolate as Superfood: Boise firm packs nutrients in tasty packages

Photo by Guy Hand.

Boise-based Good Superfoods is producing some downright impressive dark chocolate that company founder Paul Frantellizzi claims is really, really good for you. According to Frantellizzi and his business partner, author and doctor of naturopathy (ND) Michael T. Murphy, “superfoods” have health-promoting or disease-preventing properties and nutrients.

The Good Superfoods story started 16 years ago. Frantellizzi and his wife, Pamela Peters, fell in love with Idaho and … Read More

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