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A Taste of Farm Life
Excerpted from Bellevue Club Reflections
August, 2004

At MaryJanesFarm in Idaho, you can be a farmer for a day even if the closest you usually come to nature is walking the family dog. The nationally renowned organic farm, located eight miles from Moscow, not far from the Washington border, offers farm tours from June 1 through Sept. 30, which are as fun as they are informative. The tours are also tasty; visitors get to treat their taste buds to whatever MaryJane Butters, the farm’s namesake and creator of a line of 60 organic meals, is fixin’ in the kitchen. Far from ordinary farm fare, MaryJane’s culinary delights have won nationwide acclaim; recently she was dubbed “Pioneer Martha” (Stewart, that is) by Time magazine.

There are three farm tours to choose from. The first, Just the Basics, includes a one-hour tour and food samples. The second, Lunch and More, includes a two-hour tour and a gourmet lunch around a campfire (weather permitting). The third, The Whole Nine Yards, is an all-day affair that includes a tour not only of MaryJanesFarm, but also of the Barron Flour Mill in nearby Oakesdale, Washington. Bring your appetite for this one: visitors enjoy a steady flow of treats including a gourmet lunch, dessert at a historic schoolhouse in Blaine, Washington, and coffee and cinnamon rolls made from flour from the mill.

Customized visits, overnight stays, private cooking classes, weddings and school group tours are also available. For information, call 208-882-6819 or visit