Alt Food: A Compendium of Boise's Organic, Natural and Whole Food Sources 

Boise Co-op—Boise's largest selection of organic and natural foods. Something for everyone from faux-meat sandwich fillers to organic beef, from gluten-free cookies to seaweed salad. 888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500,

Brandi Bakes!—Attention diabetics: This award-winning chef can also make whole-wheat cookies and brownies sweetened with fructose and/or sucralose. Sample her wares at the downtown market. (Vegans, ask about the snickerdoodles.)

Brown Box Organics Company—Order online for home delivery of organic produce in Treasure Valley. These folks are both convenient and committed: "We buy from local organic farmers and purveyors whenever possible." 208-442-0596,

Capital City public Market—Savor the local flavor, Saturdays 9:30-1:30, April through October. Spray-free and certified organic produce, meats and eggs. On 8th Street from Bannock, south to the Grove Plaza,

Chase's Natural Food Store—Boise's original health-food store, specializing in vitamins and other supplements. In business since 1956. 5170 Overland, 208-343-2182

Community Gardens of Boise/Boise CSA—Contact information for CSA members Peaceful Belly, Morning Owl Farm, local grub and Eagle Organic Farms—as well as lots of good gardening ideas.

Eagle Farmers' Market—The place to be in Eagle; Saturdays, mid-May through October, 8:30-1:30. 208-424-7806

Fred Meyer—Yes, it's a chain. Yes, it's a mega-store. But with its sizeable selection of bulk whole grains, nuts and beans—as well as several aisles of organic, vegan and whole foods—Freddy's could be the alternative food source closest to your home.

Health Nuts Market—This tidy, family-run grocery offers an excellent selection of organic and whole foods, at competitive prices. If you live west of Boise, this place could save you some driving/parking hassles. 1756 W. Cherry Ln., Meridian, 208-855-5756,

Healthy Living Cafe and Market—Do a little grocery shopping when you pick up your fair-trade latte; choose from a variety of sugar-free and low-carb items, including whole-grain pasta and organic canned veggies. Be sure to read the labels if you want to avoid artificial sweeteners like sucralose. 1035 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-0515

Herb Pantry—Large stock of culinary spices and bulk herbs useful for making tisanes (non-medicinal but health-supportive herbal teas), in addition to herbal formulas and supplements. 851 S. Curtis Rd., 208-433-1882,

Herb Tree—This place saved my life one day with an organic ginger-granola bar. Mostly herbal and other supplement pills, but some all-natural and whole-grain snacks for sale. 310 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-6920

Kuna Farmers Market—A burgeoning alternative to the Boise market scene, under the biggest American flag in Kuna. Sandstone Plaza (just follow Meridian Road as it curves through town),

Local Harvest—Ironically, this national listing offers info on local produce, meat and more, all searchable by zip code. Features local favorites like Cabalo's Orchard and Gardens, Hometown Harvest and Noble Foods Farm.

Meridian Farmer's Market—"The best market parking in the valley." 3852 N. Eagle Rd.,

Mrs. Beesley's Healthy Foods—Offering mostly vitamins and other supplements, this strip-mall oasis also sells whole-grain bread and nuts in bulk. 10370 W. Overland, 208-376-8484

Nampa Farmers' Market—Watch local chefs in action at 10:30. 12th Avenue South,

Organic Consumers Association—For the latest alternative info on GMOs, food safety, fair-trade issues and more.

Treasure Valley Food Coalition/Local Table—TVFC strengthens the connection between local producers and consumers; Local Table raises funds and awareness. Taste Idaho delicacies at Capital City Market.

—Gretchen Jude

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