The Strawberry Lady: Jo Ann Smith’s Sweet Berry Patch

Dawn is still another cup of coffee away when Jo Anne Smith walks the short distance from her house to the strawberry patch. You can barely make out the rows of plants, let alone the fruit hiding beneath them, but Smith and her small crew are ready to begin picking as soon as they see red.

Red means ripe berries and Smith, owner of Smith’s Berry Farm near Payette, only

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A Really Fun Farm Field Trip

Filming a small army of 5th graders wouldn’t normally be my first choice as a way to spend a warm fall day. What the adult organizers called a Conservation Field Day on Tuesday, September 17th, I imagined would be a little to much elementary school chaos.

Yet from the moment the gates at Peaceful Belly Farm near Boise swung open and some 270 students from five Ada County elementary schools

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Video How-To: Saving Tomato Seeds!

This—a tomato seed saving video with Casey O’Leary, the irrepressible owner of Earthly Delights Farm, co-founder of the Common Wealth Seed Exchange and frequent contributor to Edible Idaho South—is our magazines’s first attempt at a series of how-to videos on food and gardening.

If you like it, have suggestions or topics you’d like us to cover, please let us know.

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Jennifer’s Cabinet of Wonders

When Jennifer Russell opened a cupboard door in her Boise kitchen, I expected to see shelves of canned goods. Instead, soft light fell on much more: a gleaming shadow box of jewel-like, wonders, each labeled with a calligrapher’s care: Meyer lemon marmalade, peach butter, rhubarb vanilla bean jam, cherry butter, all arranged in a gentle chromatic progression from dark red to bright yellow. It looked like a rainbow captured in

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