Fruit Orchards in Gem County
The exquisite landscape of Gem County not only provides endless enjoyment for local residents, but it also serves as fertile land for agricultural purposes. The long summer growing period and short winters of southwest Idaho are ideal for many varieties of fruits and vegetables. From strawberries to cherries, apricots, blueberries, and apples, Gem County is the perfect place for fruit growers to set up shop. The Gem County Economical Development Foundation works to provide these entrepreneurs and business owners with a stable business environment that encourages economic growth.
Residents of Gem County have the opportunity to sample the wares of these fine businesses throughout the year, with a myriad of special events highlighting the delicious produce hailing from around the county. Many of our local farmers participate in farmers markets and annual events like the Cherry Festival. These fun, educational opportunities give families something enjoyable to do in Gem County, while simultaneously placing the spotlight on the growers who call the region home.
While perusing the bounty of local orchards at the farmers markets and festivals of Gem County is one great way for locals to connect with fruit growers, many of these independent farmers also open the gates to their properties during the harvest each year. Orchard visitors have the opportunity to purchase endless bushels of apples to stock their own home pantries, in addition to many of the other products these artisans create. Furthermore, many orchards host special events, including pumpkin carving contests and hayrides through the fields. Supporting our local producers is economically beneficial to Gem County, and helps draw us all closer together.
While our local orchards produce a decadent array of apples you’ll want to sink your teeth into, these versatile fruits can be utilized in a myriad of other applications. Canning the fruit or creating an applesauce, pie or pastry is merely one example of how these apples make great dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Local orchards also produce apples exclusively for baking and cider production. Additionally, some orchards create apples for use in artisan vinegars.
Gem County Economic Development Foundation also strives to support business owners considering developing orchards in Gem County. An established orchard provides food to thousands of homes across the state of Idaho and the nation. By encouraging the creation and development of these agricultural centers in Gem County, we hope to secure a more prosperous future for our residents for decades to come. Growers considering setting up shop in our region need to find the right land and soil for their trees to produce their tasty fruit. In many instances, local farmers work in collaboration with farming experts and scientists to narrow down potential plots of land for orchard use.
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