Idaho Local Foods

Guide to Finding Local Foods in Idaho

Idaho is part Pacific Northwest, part mountain state, and the famed home to scads and scads of Russet potatoes. A few highlights of Idaho local eating, as well as resources for finding great local foods near you, are below.

  • 01 of 08

    Idaho Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

    Rainbow Carrots. Photo © Molly Watson

    Idaho has a cold enough winter to slow down harvests enough to close most farmers markets. The hot plains of the south and cooler mountains of the north give the state a wide range of excellent produce - despite the notion in the rest of the nation that Idaho only grows potatoes! 

  • 02 of 08

    Idaho Farmers Markets

    Cauliflower at Market
    Cauliflower at Market. Photo © Molly Watson

    Idaho has plenty of farmers markets, which are great sources for state specialties like huckleberries and foraged wild mushrooms.

  • 03 of 08


    Huckleberry Pie
    Huckleberry Pie. Photo © John Blais, used with permission from Getty Images

    Huckleberries are teeny tiny deep purple-blue berries that are remarkably sweet. Find them in Idaho in August and September.

    While they are sweeter and juicier than blueberries, with their own unique taste, huckleberries look a bit like blueberries and can be used in place of blueberries in recipes. Try huckleberries with cream, sprinkled on ice cream, or used in cakes, crisps, pancakes, jams, and sauces.

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    Mountain Trout

    Pan Fried Walleye Fish. Photo © Molly Watson

    The cold clear streams of Idaho mountains are home to great trout fishing. Trout is wonderful grilled, broiled, or pan-fried.

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  • 05 of 08

    Russet Potatoes

    Homemade French Fries
    Homemade French Fries. Photo © Molly Watson

    Russets are so associated with the state's volcanic soil that they are often simply called Idaho potatoes. They are particularly starchy potatoes, perfect for French Fries.

  • 06 of 08

    Meat & Game

    Beef Cattle
    Beef Cattle. Photo © Walter B. McKenzie, used with permission from Getty Images

    There's plenty of game in those mountains in Idaho - elk and deer especially. Beyond wild game, Idaho has some great ranch land and some ranchers doing interesting things with there's. One stand-out is Snake River Farms, which raises Wagyu beef and Kurobuta pork, both breeds coveted for their rich flesh, luscious texture, and smooth flavor.

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    Reed's Dairy Ice Cream

    Close up of scoop of ice cream
    Diana Miller / Getty Images

    Idaho ice cream? Sure! Reed's Dairy churns out amazingly creamy and smooth ice cream from the happy cows the farm tends. Reed's ships around the country if you want to give huckleberry or German chocolate ice cream–among many other flavors–a try.

  • 08 of 08

    Idaho Spud Bar

    Machinery in the Owyhee Idaho Candy Company of Boise, Idaho, USA
    Yvette Cardozo / Getty Images

    The Idaho Candy Co. has been making the Idaho Spud candy bar for over 100 years.