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Get ready for Farm to Fork dinners at Sawtooth

If you like Freddy’s, you’re in luck. The Wichita-based fast-casual chain/franchiser is opening yet another Treasure Valley location, this time in Boise.
If you like Freddy’s, you’re in luck. The Wichita-based fast-casual chain/franchiser is opening yet another Treasure Valley location, this time in Boise.

Sawtooth Winery’s popular Farm to Fork Dinner Series kicks off July 22 before continuing Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 7.

This year’s six-course wine dinners ($75 per person, $65 wine club members) will be prepared by chef Marcus Bonilla of Reel Foods Fish Market & Oyster Bar. The seasonal menus will be paired with select wines made by Sawtooth’s Meredith Smith.

The intimate, communal dinners take place on a grassy spread under a big shade tree next to the winery and vineyards at 13750 Surrey Lane in Nampa. Appetizers and a vineyard tour reception start at 5:45 p.m., followed by the dinner from 6:15 to 9 p.m.

Only 60 seats are available for each dinner, so if you plan to attend, purchase tickets soon at universe.com/sawtoothoceantofarm16.

Youth Farmers Market debuts in Meridian

Check out the first-ever Meridian Youth Farmers Market on June 25 at Meridian City Hall Plaza, 33 E. Broadway Ave.

The new farmers market, which strives to have at least 75 percent of its vendors under the age of 18, will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Sept. 24.

Around 20 booths will sell everything from fresh produce to baked items to handmade crafts. Food and beverage vendors include Vanilla Crème Bakery, BB’s Lemonade and Amped Coffee, a funky little cart that sells cold brew java.

Agricultural vendors include Cackleberry Farm, Robison Fruit Ranch, Lucky Monkey Farms, Red Castle Farms and the local chapter of Future Farmers of America.

Online: meridianyouthfarmersmarket.com.

Blue Sky Bagels plans second Meridian spot

Blue Sky Bagels recently announced its plans to open a fourth Treasure Valley location later this summer in downtown Meridian, at 126 E. Idaho Ave., next to Frankie’s Java.

Housed in a former chocolate shop, the new Blue Sky Bagels spot is much smaller than the other locations, and it won’t have a bakery on site. Instead, freshly baked bagels will be delivered several times a day from the other Meridian store, at 3161 E. Fairview Ave., just off Eagle Road.

The bakery and eatery has earned a loyal following over the years for its savory and sweet bagels. Besides plain and whole-wheat bagels, the bakery puts out a gamut of flavored varieties, including Parmesan, sesame seed, garlic, poppy seed, blueberry, cinnamon sugar and more. Plus, they offer a large selection of bagel sandwiches.

Blue Sky Bagels’ other locations are in Boise at 407 W. Main St. and 12375 Chinden Blvd.

Online: blueskybagels.com.

Another Freddy’s opens

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opened May 17 at 2143 S. Broadway Ave. in Boise, across from the Broadway Park shopping center.

The Wichita-based fast-casual chain/franchiser is spreading out across the Treasure Valley. Other Freddy’s in the area can be found at 5009 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell; 3180 E. Lanark St., Meridian; and 1305 N. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, adjacent to the I-84 and Garrity Boulevard interchange.

A fifth Treasure Valley Freddy’s is slated to open later this summer at 2800 E. State St. in Eagle near the intersection of Idaho 55.

Freddy’s is known for serving Midwest-inspired frozen custard (swirled into “concrete” with all kinds of sweet treats) and grilled-to-order ground steak burgers. The menu also has patty melts, grilled chicken sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs topped with mustard, chopped tomato, marinated sport peppers, onion, pickle and a dash of celery salt.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers are open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Online: freddysusa.com.

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