Husband and wife duo Clay and Josie Erskine do what farmers do – they sow seeds, harvest crops and sell their organic produce. But, a decade ago, among the 200 varieties of vegetables, flowers and berries on their 60 acre farm, Josie planted a different kind of crop. Call it a “social” seed that has blossomed into one of the community’s favorite annual summer events.
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The Symms family has enjoyed a way of life few get to experience: acres of fragrant springtime blossoms, the gentle buzzing of bees in a world that’s sometimes so lush, the sunshine and cornflower-blue sky barely peeking through. For the Symms, the scent of a fresh, crisp, juicy apple at its peak equals home. When RA Symms first saw the area now called Sunny Slope, with its Snake River, sheltering … Read More
My memory may be indistinct, but I recall more than one Idaho grape grower alluding to warming temperatures affecting the ripening of red grapes. And with recent plantings and harvesting of notoriously late ripeners—Mourvédre, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon—I tested my theory by surveying grape growers, winemakers and experts in Idaho viticulture. The answers were resounding: slightly, possibly, not so much and it really doesn’t matter.
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Tony Eiguren lifted a bottle of Bereziartua Basque cider above his head and let a stream of honey-hued liquid splash into a thin glass on the table. The cider, ever so slightly effervescent, gave off a pungent waft of sour apple that was even more puckering when it hit the tongue.
“It seems to be one of those things where you’re really into it and you love it or it’s … Read More