We have a wonderful selection of Hanging Baskets, potted flowers and vegetable bedding plants now ready to go. For the best selection of beautiful flowers in the valley all locally grown and sourced see Grace or Crystal and have them help you select and tell you how to care for flowers and bedding plants. You will not get this kind of knowledge and help or quality locally grown, cared for and acclimated plants from any big box store. Come and see our experienced staff members that know flowers and bedding plants at RICE FAMILY FARMS PLANT HOUSE on South Meridian Road between Columbia and Hubbard.
Now picking delicious yellow doll and red seedless watermelons, vine Ripe cantaloupe( 3 lbs/dollar) cherry tomatoes, Green and lavendar Bell Peppers, 4 kinds of Eggplant.Anaheim, Jalepenos, red slicing and canning tomatoes and beautiful heirloom tomatoes…..also fresh dug fingerling, red, yukon and purple potatoes….fresh pulled beets and carrots…..green and red kales and rainbow chard…. All of the above and much more from our farm exclusively.
Also have berries and tree fruit from other Idaho Farmers as well as local grass fed beef and pork from Homestead Foods…..McClasky’s free range chicken eggs….whole chicken from Meadowlark Farms, milk from Cloverleaf Creamery and cheese from Ballard cheese bringing our total Idaho preferred farm offerings to 10 or more farms including us. Enjoy!!
ps….Kaden’s orange snack peppers on the way along with 2# bags of red pink yellow and purple fingerling potatoes.
Great story in the Idaho Statesman today by Bethann Stewart on our farm stand opening Beth had contacted us a couple of years ago when we were struggling with Ada County issues and strong arm code enforcement tactics by their planing department which eventually led to the stand closing. Incidentally…….us and two other farmers asked Ada County to look into an ordinance change and even submitted a draft farm stand ordinance that we payed a planner several hundred dollars to write. They totally ignored us….we did not even get a call or email from anyone at Ada County. Oh well, thanks to our friends in Kuna and an ordinance that makes sense it is time to move on for us but with hope that Ada County will change their ordinance to be more favorable to other farmers whom may be in a location conducive to having a viable farm stand……lets hope
Rice Farms Farm Stand Now Open….Local Sweet Corn plus Oregon berries..this Friday 7-30….also Great local lapin and rainer cherries from new orchard near Sweet while they lastJuly 27th, 2010
Our Farmstand is finally open. We had to wait a little longer than normal for ours and other local crops to come off this year. We have some Hermiston Watermelons from my cousins farm out there til ours come on and lots of crops from our farm like lettuce, kale, chard, cukes, zucs, 3 fresh dug varieties of Potatoes, Green and yellow beans, carrots, beets, snow peas, eggplant, candy onions, scallions, green onions, some fennel and basil, bags of heirloom cherry tomatoes and a few heirloom tomatoes are available and Grace Davila is back to manage the stand and can’t wait to greet all of our great customers. Manual says we may have our yellow doll watermelons in a week with seedless and cantaloupes to follow soon after. Friday we will have Trinity Bi-color Sweet Corn from Moyle Farms in Star !!! We will still have some great rainer and lapin cherries this weekend and next week while they last!! from a new orchard near Sweet and apricots from Williamson’s sunny slope with peaches to follow soon we hope. We hope to have some berries later this week. See you at the Farm!
We will be working on are Farm stand on Meridian Road this week trying to get it open. We are later than we ever thought we would be due to the cold spring weather. We will have plenty of root crops and lettuce, kale, chard, zucs, cukes etc and we just started digging Yukon and red potatoes and will start picking french fillet green beans this week and will have ours and other farmers sweet corn as soon as we can get it along with wonderful fruit from Williamsons Orchard in Marsing. THANK YOU for all of your kind words, calls, inquiries and patience. Grace and I will see you soon!!
We have fresh certified organic vegetables in quantity at our Farmstand. Check with Grace Davila for current prices. 353-9483
French Fillet Green Beans
Yellow heirloom or fillet
25# boxes of beans and peppers are roughly equivilent to 1 Bushel
50# box of Yukon or Red potatoes
25# lug of tomatoes are roughly equivilent to 1 peck or 1/2 Bushel
Lee or Gilbert Rice
Rice Family Farms
353 East Mason Creek Lane Meridian, ID. 83642
208-887-5685 or 208-724-5367
1. Locally grown food tastes better
Food grown in the Treasure Valley was probably picked within the last day or two and is crisp, sweet, and loaded with flavor. Produce flown or trucked in from California, Mexico, China or New Zealand is much older and possibly picked green and gassed to coax ripening. We are lucky in Boise to have a staggering diversity of fruit orchards, 3 season vegetable farms, grass-fed beef & lamb, range fed poultry, fresh dairy and more.
2. Local produce is better for you
Fresh produce loses nutrients quickly, sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink, and produce loses its vitality. Buying local lets you get food that is at the peak of flavor and nutritional value. Our bodies naturally crave seasonal crops, requiring more hearty potatoes and cabbages when weather turns colder, and lighter salad greens and cucumbers when it is warmer. Shopping locally tunes you in with the seasons.
3. Local Food Preserves Genetic Diversity
The modern industrial food system favors varieties with thick skins that can survive packing and shipping, leaving little variety. Family farmers place value on different things, like choosing varieties that are uniquely suited to the Treasure Valley, often favoring heirloom varieties that have been passed down from generation to generation. Old varieties contain genetic material from hundreds of years of human selection; they may someday provide the genes needed to create varieties that will thrive in a changing climate.
4. Local food is Genetically Modified Organism Free
A June 2001 survey by ABC News showed that 93% of Americans want labels on gmo food – most so that they can avoid it. Biotech companies currently only license gmo fruits and vegetables to large commercial growers, which means that local farmers will guarantee a non-gmo source.
5. Local food supports local farming families
We need to support talented and hardworking farm families from disappearing, as each 5 year agricultural census shows they are – less than 2% of the population is currently a farming family. A typical farmer gets paid 10 cents of the retail food dollar, but buying directly from the producer or conscientious retailer keeps more $ in their pocket and their family on the land. A few of our local farm families include: City Gardens, Earthly Delights, Rice Family Farms, M&M Heath Family Farm, Sunset Butte Organics, Ballard Cheese, Rolling Stone Goat Cheese , Jack Kleeb-Turkey Ridge Farm, Morning Owl Farm, Clover Leaf Dairy, The Mushroom Ranch, Canyon Bounty Farm, Purple Sage, H&H, Gastons Bakery, Granny’s Farms, Hard Ball Farm Pork, Lava Lakes Lamb, Meadowlark Farm and numerous others.
6. Local food builds community
Chat with Becky Morgan at Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) or discuss heirloom wheat with Beth Rasgorshek at Canyon Bounty Farm – it’s a great connection for eater and grower. Knowing farmers gives you insight into the seasons, the weather, and the accessible miracle of raising food. Go to www.treasurevalleyfoodcoaltion.org for a complete listing of local farmers.
7. Local food preserves open space
When more people put their dollars into the pockets of farmers and show that their work is valuable, farmland becomes less likely to be developed. We face enormous pressures in the Treasure Valley with a high migration rate, putting our area at particular risk.
8. Local Food benefits wildlife
The habitat of a farm – the patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings – is the perfect environment for many beloved species of wildlife, including bluebirds, herons, bats, rabbits, and eagles.
9. Local food supports a clean environment
If recent air quality alerts are any indication, land-use in our area may not always be in our collective best interest. A family farm however, is a place where resources like fertile soil, clean water and pollution free air are valued. According to some estimates, farmers who practice conservation tillage can sequester 12-14 % of the carbon emitted by vehicles and industry.
10. Local food is about the future
By supporting Treasure Valley farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in our community tomorrow, and that future generations will enjoy all the jerusalem artichokes, heirloom potatoes, goat cheese, kale, eggs, strawberries, peaches, pasture raised poultry, grass fed dairy & beef and more that this region has to offer.
Think Local First
*List courtesy of Dave Krick, owner of Red Feather and Bittercreek restaurants
- Capital City Public Market Place http://www.capitalcitypublicmarket.com
- Boise Consumer Coop http://www.boisecoop.com/
- Bitter Creek and Red Feather Restaurants http://www.justeatlocal.com/bittercreek/
- Idaho’s Bounty http://www.idahosbounty.org
- Direct Fresh http://www.localharvest.org/member/M23979
- Brown Box Organics http://www.brownboxorganics.com/
- Morning Owl Farm http://www.morningowlfarm.com/
- Healthy by Nature http://www.idahosbounty.org/shop.php
- Williamson’s Orchards Caldwell, ID 83607
- The Fruit Stand State Street – Boise, Idaho
We hope you visit our Blog often. We will endeavor to keep you posted on:
- what is happening on our farm
- proposed state and federal legislation that will affect our food supply
- where you can buy our farm fresh produce in The Treasure Valley.
I farm, because I love it! I choose to grow certified organic food because that’s what I want on MY table for MY family. Unfortunately, during the busy season, MY TABLE becomes the field where I am working the crops — now that’s healthy “fast food” — not too bad of a problem to have REALLY farm fresh food.
The administrative hoops I jump through on the farm are time consuming and not always pleasant. I must keep meticulous records, undergo inspections and audits to be able to present and sell what I produce as “Certified Organic”
Dealing with bureaucracy can, in and of itself, become a full time job, one that can and in the past year has taken valuable and unnecessary time away from my farming operation.
During the next few weeks I will chronicle how Ada County Idaho bureaucrats have made a series of decisions, which affected my farming operations, my clients and the State of Idaho Tax Commission. It caused the loss of:
- 27% of direct market farming sales from our farm alone
- 1 and 1/2 FTE’s (Jobs) — along with the associated payroll taxes
- The elimination of local trade and sales of Idaho agricultural products and food from our farm and 8 other Idaho farmers
- The Loss of over $4,000.00 of sales tax will not flow into the coffers of the State Tax Commission’s office.
Farm Stand through 2008 Farm Stand 2009
Thanks for reading our Blog — stay tuned for further explanation of this and other farming and local food issues and information.
Lee and Gilbert Rice
Rice Family Farms
353 East Mason Creek Lane Meridian, Idaho 83642
(208) 887-5685 (208) 724-5367