Farmers and ranchers in Idaho already have expanded their business in Idaho by serving local markets with specialty crops. Now a few are part of a new farmer trend, Agritourism.
Sure some ranchers have turned their operations into dude ranches after Bill Crystal’s hit movie City Slickers. But today the agritourism business includes u-picks, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, winery tours, and even on-farm events such as dinners and concerts.
With tourism bringing in $3.4 billion and employing 26,000 people in Idaho it makes sense that farmers are harvesting some of those dollars. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture and the Idaho Department of Commerce are hoping to help more add a new cash crop with an agritourism workshop at the ISDA Office in Boise Dec. 8.