Bonners Ferry Bannana Belt with 16 hours of sunlight during summer months.
I often hear from people that Bonners Ferry Idaho is so far north and close to Canada that it must be hard to grow things. What a treat to know that Bonners Ferry is a Bananna belt. No we don't grow bananas or oranges here but just about everything else. Bonners Ferry actually has a surprisingly "long" growing season with a zone 4 rating and an average of 128 frost-free days, due to its relatively low elevation of 1,790 feet.
Boundary county is bisected by the Kootenai River, a major tributary of the Columbia River. The river’s course lies between two great mountain ranges creating this agricultural rich valley growing such diverse crops as hops, wheat, canola , potatoes, fruits, berries, flowers and nursery trees and cut Christmas trees.
A variety of herbs and vegetables like Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, spinich, onions, potatoes, peas, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, corn squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermellons, gourds, sunflowers, brussel sprouts, asparagus, cantaloupe, carrots, chard, corn, mustard, collard, beets, and garlic.
Fruit trees such as plum, cherry, pear, apple do very well here and all the classic berries you can think of blueberries, strawberry, raspberry, black berry, huckle berry, goose berry, choke cherry, dew berry, elderberry, thimble berry and persimmons and grapes.
While locally most of us will go in the yard or over to the woods to cut a christmas tree, but if you ever bought a christmas tree from a lot chances are good you bought a tree that came from one of the many tree farms in Idaho.
With the help of mother nature watering the crops and the ideal weather patterns and forethought of producing organic crops you will find Bonners Ferry a great place to plant, nuture and grow.
With over 300 farms here are just a couple of names you might recognize.
Elk Mountain Farms
Ten miles from the Canadian border, north of Bonners Ferry, Elk Mountain Farms grows hops for parent company Anheuser-Busch. Elk Mountain is the world’s largest hop farm at a fertile 1,800 acres. In this prime growing area with 16 hours of sunlight in the summer, the intricate system of poles and trellises with vines that grow 20 feet tall is pretty impressive.
During their 20-year history, Young Living has proven to be the world leader in essential oils. One of their many farms is located in the Highland Flats Tree Farm. Young Living Essential Oils is world renowned for its essential oils and oil blends, oil-infused nutritional supplements, bath and body products, skin-care solutions, and natural preparations for the home.