For the sixth year, Governor Otter will proclaim September as Idaho Preferred month to draw consumer attention to the fact that it is the height of harvest season. Eating and drinking locally produced products not only assures freshness and quality, but it also supports local farmers, ranchers, processors, and communities. Celebrate Idaho Preferred month by enjoying locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, dairy products and specialty foods – and don’t forget to look for the Idaho Preferred logo when buying fall landscaping plants and trees.
The Day of Idaho Food
On Labor Day, September 5, 2011, everyone in the state will be encouraged to include at least one food on their plate that is grown by someone they know in their local area. This day is part of a grass-roots, year-long, statewide look at the surprising variety of foods grown in Idaho – and not simply focusing on the foods themselves, but also on the social, economic and environmental significance of those foods. A special event is being planned to celebrate the Day of Idaho Food – which will also kick off Idaho Preferred Month.