July Newsletter

July 30, 2016

Local Food


Check out our ad in this weeks Boise Weekly!  Thanks to Idaho’s Bounty we have 6 new restaurants participating this year.  We are so happy to honor local restaurants who make the commitment to purchase local food.  The 15 restaurants listed in this ad are committed to supporting the farmers, ranchers, bakers and others who work diligently to grow or produce our food.  Please show your support for them by stopping in.  Look for the certification decal in their front windows. When you dine, post photos to Facebook and tag Treasure Valley Food Coalition  or Instagram @treasurvalleyfoodcoalition.  Use the hashtag #tastytomatoes


Tomato Independence logo


Let’s show the restaurants participating in our TIP restaurant promotion how much we appreciate their commitment to local food.  Grab a friend or two or three or more and head to a participating restaurant on the date listed below.  Wear your Tomato Independence T shirt if you have one, take photos of your meal to post to social media and thank the restaurant for being a supporter of local food.  Treasure Valley Food Coalition is on Facebook and Instagram and we suggest you use the hashtag #tasty tomatoes

August 1st- Bittercreek Alehouse, Juniper and Mai Thai
August 8th- Lulu’s Pizza and Highlands Hollow Brewhouse
August 15th- Messenger Pizza
August 22nd- Cloud 9 Brewery
August 29th- Bleubird (lunch only!) and Richard’s Café Vicino
September 5th- Big City Coffee and Café (breakfast and lunch only) and The Modern Hotel and Bar (dinner only)
September 12th- Boise Fry Company
September 19th- Bar Gernika and The Basque Market


Idaho's Bounty Cooperative

Please take a minute to watch Guy Hand’s video about Idaho’s Bounty

Idaho’s Bounty Cooperative is your access to more than 90 of the best farmers, ranchers and producers in Southern Idaho.  When you purchase through them, you are supporting every farm in their network.   Having a local food distribution is critical to a sustainable local food system.  It keeps the farmers farming instead of driving and delivering while also reducing the overall carbon footprint.  They meet farmers where they are and work with their individual needs which isn’t something available from most distributors or markets.  They are the to in Farm to Table.

If you would like to support Idaho’s Bounty’s mission please click this link to be redirected to their Crowdrise page. Thanks!


Salsa Festival at North End Organic Nursery
Sunday, August 21st at 6:30PM
Bloody Mary Tasting at Franz Witte Nursery
Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:00PM
Tomato Tasting at Edwards Greenhouse
Thursday, September 15th from  5PM to 8PM


There will be no Dinner and Movie this Month.  Red Feather Lounge is remodeling their wine cellar.  Stay tuned for our next Dinner and a Movie this fall!

We are sorry to announce that there will not be a repeat of our popular Fruitful Fields bike ride this year.  Sheryl Howe, who did such an outstanding job organizing the ride last year, is leaving us to relocate to Washington State.  We will miss her and I know many of you will miss the ride.


Thanks for your feedback, we owe you some updates to this list and they will be coming soon. Keep telling us about your favorite restaurant if we haven’t recognized them yet.

Bar Gernika: serves a burger using beef from Malheur River Meats.
Bittercreek Alehouse:  all burgers use grass fed beef and/or lamb “because feedlots aren’t cool”.
Boise Fry Company: serves bison burgers from Browns Buffalo Ranch
The Griddle: serves a Lava Lakes Lamb burger at all locations
Highlands Hollow Brew House: their iconic Mess O’ Chops is now made using pork chops from Malheur River Meats.
Horsewood’s Kitchen (Caldwell): serving McIntyre Farms beef and chicken from Vogel Farms
Juniper: serves a Lava Lakes Lamb Rueben
Locavore: serves a Meatloaf Wellington using Malheur River Meats
Lulu’s Pizza: using Malheur River Meats for their meatballs, tri tip sandwiches, sausage for pizzas and more!
The Modern Hotel and Bar: sources lamb from Lava Lakes Lamb,  pork from Malheur River Meats,  beef from Keith Huettig formerly of Homestead Natural Foods and chicken from M and M Heath Farm, Snake River Poultry and Vogel Farms
State and Lemp: sources meat from Malheur River meats, Meadowlark Farms
Wildroot Café & Market:  serves Niman Ranch meats

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