Northwest Food News & Edible Idaho

Series produced by Guy Hand

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A monthly series about food and agriculture in the inland Northwest.

Award winning public radio producer Guy Hand takes a monthly, sound-rich look at the inland Northwest's surprising diversity of local foods and food producers. Launched three and a half years ago as Edible Idaho, Northwest Food News has tagged along with truffle growers, alligator farmers and raspberry-picking nuns. We've pulled muddy tubers with native peoples (literally getting back to their roots); discovered that tater tots are actually a creative repackaging of what was once cattle feed; and found that arugula, when it comes to partisan politics, makes a very good weapon.

Northwest Food News searches for the universal in the local. After all, when it comes to the subject of food, big themes are often served on small plates.


67 Pieces

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Producer Guy Hand looks back on the highlights of the 12 month long project called "2011: The Year of Idaho Food."

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and KISU


  • Added: Dec 31, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Duck eggs at Morning Owl Farm, Credit: Guy Hand
Producer Guy Hand visits a small-scale farmer who gave up a tenured university professorship in the wake of September 11th to grow local, organic f...

Bought by KUOW, Spokane Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and KISU


  • Added: Dec 24, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Chestnuts in chestnut burrs, Credit: Guy Hand
After a blight killed most of America's chestnut trees back in the 1930s and 40s, a new industry has sprouted up using new varieties of blight-resi...

Bought by Boise State Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, Spokane Public Radio, KUOW, and KISU


  • Added: Dec 17, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Quince, Credit: Guy Hand
Modern science acknowledges the unique power of taste and aroma to teleport us back in time. It’s simply the way our brains are wired. For Boisean ...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, KLCC, KUOW, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 10, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Amy Wincentsen of Little Bear Dairy, a raw milk dairy, with Butterscotch., Credit: Guy Hand
Every few months, it seems, TV news or amateur videographers capture another raid on a raw-milk supplier somewhere in America. In the past several ...

Bought by KLCC, Spokane Public Radio, KUOW, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 03, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Bear's bagels, Credit: Jane Fritz
A baker brings bagels and bialys to the small, North Idaho town of Hope.

Bought by Boise State Public Radio, KISU, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 25, 2011
  • Length: 03:58
  • Purchases: 3
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Say the word “goat” and most Americans picture a horned cartoon with a taste for tin cans. But what we Americans don’t get about goat–and the rest...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, and KISU


  • Added: Nov 21, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The Northwest has several crop quarantine zones to control the spread of diseases. In southern Idaho, a quarantine zone helps protect the states l...

Bought by WABE, Spokane Public Radio, and KISU


  • Added: Nov 12, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Many brewers consider hops to be the essence of craft beer making. Yet, in the America's hop growing epicenter, the Northwest, craft brewers often ...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KUOW, and KISU


  • Added: Nov 05, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Pioneer apple varieties found along the Salmon River, Credit: Guy Hand
Producer Guy Hand jet boats into Idaho's River of No Return Wilderness with a team searching for remote and abandoned pioneer-era apple orchards. T...

Bought by Boise State Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and KISU


  • Added: Oct 29, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Wheat fields in the Palouse region of North Idaho, Credit: Guy Hand
The wheat industry traditionally focuses on international markets, but a group of Northwest wheat farmers are trying something new: growing and mil...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, KISU, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 22, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: A just picked pawpaw, Credit: Guy Hand
The pawpaw is America's largest native fruit. Once loved by George Washington, it's now nearly forgotten and survives today largely thanks to backy...

Bought by Boise State Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, and KISU


  • Added: Oct 14, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Poster at Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Credit: Guy Hand
The Lewiston-Clarkston Valley in Washington and Idaho was the Northwest's first award winning wine region in the late 1800s. It faded after Prohib...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KISU, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 09, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: A traditional Coeur d'Alene tribal food: huckleberries, Credit: Gu Hand
Native Americans struggle with diabetes, obesity and the lack of healthy food on reservations. Producer Guy Hand looks at what a food coalition re...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Outer Voices, New Hampshire Public Radio, KUOW, Spokane Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 18, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Lentil Festival mascot, Credit: Guy Hand
A trip to the National Lentil Festival in Pullman, Washington and the lentil growing Palouse region of Washington and Idaho.

Bought by KUOW, Spokane Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and KISU


  • Added: Sep 10, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Gin making ingredients, Credit: Guy Hand
Bardeday Distillery in Eagle, Idaho has been making gin for 11 years, which requires a dedicated panel of tasters willing to sip gin at 8:30 in the...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KISU, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 03, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
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19th Century Idaho brewers were touting the virtues of "local" beer long before the word locavore was invented. A look at Idaho brewing history an...

Bought by KUOW, Spokane Public Radio, and KISU


  • Added: Aug 13, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Freshwater clams, Credit: Guy Hand
About 300 species of freshwater mollusks live in inland North America. For Native tribes, they were a dietary staple. In this episode of Edible Id...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, KUOW, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and KISU


  • Added: Aug 07, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Basket of Lavender, Credit: Guy Hand
Lavender is becoming more popular in cooking as lavender farming becomes more popular among small-scale Northwest farmers.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KISU, and KUOW


  • Added: Jul 30, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Basque appetizers at seminar, Credit: Guy Hand
How every country’s cooking — whether Italian, Thai or Basque — evolves and diverges from the immigrant food it originally spawned.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and KISU


  • Added: Jul 23, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2