The fall season is peak harvest time in Idaho. // © 2012 Sun Valley Harvest Festival
Idaho restaurants and farmers markets come alive in fall, when locally produced fruits, vegetables, wines, breads, dairy products, meats and more are plentiful. Different ingredients are harvested each month so be sure to seek out the following ingredients at the right times.
During September, early variety apples, pears and pluots abound. October is time for grapes, but many are harvested for Idaho’s wines. Potatoes are king in October, and dishes featuring the ingredient are available throughout the state.
Visitors will want to check out events that pair up Idaho’s best produce with the state’s all-star chefs. The must-visit event is Sun Valley Harvest Festival in Sun Valley from Sept. 21-23. Other tempting events include Paella on the Patio, offered Wednesdays and Fridays at noon throughout September in Boise. For those more interested in harvested grapes from past seasons, be sure to attend Thunder Mountain Line Wine & Dine Dinner Train, which features local wineries. Events take place on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., featuring Hells Canyon Winery, and Nov. 5 at 5 p.m., featuring St. Chapelle Winery.