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North Idaho Cooks: Restaurant and garden add flavor to education

Sitting in Emery’s Restaurant in the Hedlund Building at North Idaho College (NIC), the view of the beach along Lake Coeur d’Alene is exquisite. This little-known eatery is completely operated by the students of NIC’s Culinary Arts Program, and is open for lunch during the fall and spring semesters, as well as for a few holiday and event dinners.

In 2014, Emery’s garnered the distinction of being the only North … Read More

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Photo by Paulette Phlipot.

Low Tech/High Tech: Fairfield farmers use LEDs to cultivate greens indoors

Photo by Paulette Phlipot.

“Here, try this,” said Jamon Frostenson, holding out a piece of organic arugula freshly plucked from the soil. The little leaf hits the palate with an eye-popping warmth so sinus-clearing that it tasted more like horseradish than a salad green.

“It has a serious bite,” said Frostenson, co-owner of Fairfield-based Loganics produce company. The arugula variety is known as “Wasabi,” and it’s one of 40 organic … Read More

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Early to Rise: Both Baker and Baked Goods Start Early in McCall

Photo by Linda Whittig.

The oven at Evening Rise Bread Co. is a sight to behold. Encased in worn red brick, the 120-square-foot steam-injected deck oven looks like something you’d find humming in a small European village. Though it was built to run on wood, the oven was converted to propane once it arrived in McCall, where it has been churning out loaves for the last 14 years.

“It’s an … Read More

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Farmer, Teacher, Visionary: A portrait of local food activist Janie Burns

Photos by Bob Vestal and Jyl Hoyt.

A cacophony of sights, sounds and rich earthy smells greets the visitor to Meadowlark Farms. Owner Janie Burns’ border collies scoot around the yard while lovely Australorp black hens strut alongside less attractive naked-neck chickens scratching at the ground, pecking bugs in the dirt.

In a nearby field, Toulouse-cross geese make a ceaseless racket. Amidst all the bathing, honking and barking, a sense … Read More

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