"Know Where Your Food Comes From!" is not a shallow slogan at Volcanic Farms. As native Idahoans our family has gardened professionally for more than 45 years and we've sold our fresh picked produce in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho for more than 25 years.
Volcanic Farms QUALITY
Along with the legendary volcanic soil the Volcanic Farms property is located right next to the Payette River, which is known to be one of the cleanest (pollutant free) rivers on the planet. Because we irrigate directly from the river our plants and trees stay properly hydrated and go unaffected by drought. The temperature of the river water allows us to extend out the growing season by irrigating at night to add warmth when occasional freezing temperatures strike each Fall.
Ideal soil and water conditions combined with clean air and expert gardening is our secret to consistently unmatchable quality.
100 Acres of Gardening
In the 1990's everyone seemed to be destroying their orchards and subdividing their fields to make way for new housing developments. Not willing to relinquish any of their land, Don began planting trees (Cherries, Apricots, Peaches & Nectarines) along the steep upper portions of fields that otherwise required heavy equipment to farm.
His plan assured local fruit for future generations and also eliminated the expense of owning and maintaining expensive machinery needed to tend the soil on the steeper slopes.
Our Greenhouse Effect
We jump-start springtime each year by planting under rows of tented plastic so that we can get locally grown produce to our customers as early as possible. In addition to having this gardening technique down to a science, we have also discovered that the used plastic from previous years is easier to work with and is weathered in such a way that it becomes more durable during stormy weather.
We stagger out many plantings of crops throughout each growing season so that our produce is consistent and delicious. We've developed quite a following over the years, both at our Horseshoe Bend produce stand and at the various locations we travel to weekly throughout Idaho and we are dedicate to our work because of customer loyalty! However, amongst the loyal customers we treasure raising produce for, one group stands out...
THE WESTERN IDAHO FAIR
There is no mistaking the mesh deep boilers used at the I.M.S.A.R.U. booth filled with our top selling bi-colored sweet corn beautifully displayed on flags at the fair.
That image represents the dedication of the I.M.S.A.R.U. Their booth at the fair is how they self fund so the crew member volunteers are well trained, properly equipped for emergencies and available on short notice. If you or your loved ones are ever lost in a rural Idaho area and they locate you, it is because of their fund raising events that you will never be handed a bill for their emergency services.
We are thrilled that their presence at the Western Idaho Fair year after year has made HOT BUTTERED CORN ON THE COB as synonymous with fair activities as a Farris Wheel!
Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit
I.M.S.A.R.U. has exclusively sold Volcanic Farms raised sweet corn at their annual 10 day fundraiser during the Western Idaho Fair for more than 15 years.
It takes several extra acres of sweet corn planted in weekly intervals because the forthcoming season dictates if corn will mature faster or slower based on seasonal weather conditions. One of our greatest pleasures is making certain that the sweet corn I.M.S.A.R.U. sells at the fair earns them spectacular praise from the people attending the fair so they return for more sweet corn year after year. We know it has paid off because...