Experience the farms, food businesses, and organizations that create the distinctive flavor of our community.
The Wood River Valley Locally Grown Guide is a publication of the Local Food Alliance, a program of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience. The mission of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience is to advance community resilience in Idaho’s Wood River Valley region by educating, investing, and collaborating to ensure that the economy, environment, and people thrive.
By supporting local farmers and food businesses, we can each do our part to guarantee an ample supply of nourishing food for our community; ensure vibrant and prosperous farmers markets; preserve farmland; and scale up regenerative agriculture to maximize food quality and combat the global climate crisis.
With the majority of our food being imported, and the majority of our farmland used to grow food for export, most of our food dollars are lost to the industrial agriculture system. The pandemic underscored that this reliance on imports and exports can be easily disrupted, putting strain on farming families and creating economic volatility for our community.
DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW!
Why Local Food?
The Many Benefits of Eating Local
When we talk about local food, we don’t just talk in terms of miles traveled. To us, local food means real
food produced by regional farmers, ranchers, and food artisans with common environmental, animal
welfare, and public health values.
Local food builds community.
Purchasing from local producers not only connects you to the very source of your food, but also offers a tangible way to support your community.
Local food benefits the environment.
Shorter distance from field to plate means less dependence on fossil fuels, reduced air pollution, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Local produce is fresher, healthier, and tastier.
Fruits and veggies grown on nearby farms are picked at the peak of ripeness and typically reach local markets within 24 hours of harvest, helping to preserve their nutritional content.
Local food supports our local economy.
Money spent on local food is reinvested with businesses and services in our community.
Local food preserves quality of place.
Purchasing food from local farmers helps ensure their financial viability and the chances that they’ll continue farming instead of selling their land to be developed
Local food fosters food security.
Food security occurs when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
Local foods promote a safer food supply.
The fewer steps between you and your food’s source, the less likelihood for contamination.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Our heartfelt thanks to the following individuals and businesses who helped make this guide possible.
The Guide is your starting point to changing the food system!
The Wood River Valley Locally Grown Guide is a free marketing tool for businesses who grow, use, and promote locally grown food. The Guide reaches over 15,000 people annually.
Being listed is free for your business and only requires filling out a short survey.
Once approved your local food business will appear immediately on locallygrownguide.org and in the 2024 Locally Grown Guide printed edition.