Changes Afoot in Hops

Photo by Guy Hand.

The hop fields of Wilder are being turned upside down. Two men stand in the bed of a truck and hang long 20-foot plants upside down on overhead hooks. Swags of leaves and lighter-green flower clusters fly above me. A wrist flick sends another up a metal track to join the parade to the top of a green metal-clad building that rumbles with inner machinery. There, … Read More

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Idaho Finds: Bellevue General Store

Time after time I’ve driven through Bellevue and wondered about that eclectic log furniture store with the emblematic old farm truck. It was the roadside attraction I’d always meant to check out. Then, last summer, I noticed a new series of weathered signs that read: “Fresh eggs. Honey. Homemade bread.” I needed nothing more.

Once inside, I was struck by one of my favorite smells: freshly baked cinnamon rolls. But … Read More

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Idaho Finds: BuckSnort Craft-Brewed Soda

Kainoa Lopez remembers visiting the old barn on Oahu where his great-grandfather made fresh, tropical fruit sodas. His family sold the soda company before Kainoa was old enough to remember the brewing process, but he fondly remembers the abandoned equipment and dusty old bottles. In 2009, he began brewing natural sodas using fresh, seasonal and often local ingredients. Hawaiian names didn’t seem to fit for an Idaho-based company, so he … Read More

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How the Oldest Hardware Store in Twin Falls Became A Cook’s Paradise

For a food lover, walking into Rudy’s on Main Avenue in Twin Falls is nearly a religious experience. And for a cook living in a remote location in the midst of Central Idaho, with nary a kitchen supply store within a hundred miles, it’s somewhat akin to visiting the Holy Land. The store has open rafters and an airy feel, walls lined with every kitchen implement and appliance an amateur … Read More

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