Organic Herbs and Specialty Produce
For nearly 30 years, Purple Sage Farms has specialized in growing a wide range of organic herbs, greens and vegetables. Today, that has expanded to over 250 varieties of crops ranging from the familiar and traditional to the obscure and exotic, whether they are culinary, medicinal or both. Purple Sage Farms greens and salad mixes change with the seasons and include a wide variety of colors, flavors, and shapes. Among all of the crops, nutrients are high and flavors are prominent. Our artisan products are crafted to perfection at the on-farm commercial kitchen. Purple Sage Farms herbs, spices, greens and vegetables are thoughtfully grown and proudly certified organic on our family farm in Middleton, Idaho.
Organic practices guide how we care for our crops, from diverse crop rotation practices to how we harvest the freshest herbs and greens. Purple Sage Farms is an ecosystem and each part plays a role.
Our farming practices start with promoting diversity and abundance of microbes in the soil. We raise livestock for meat and the animal manure is composted to make fertilizer for plants. We build soil structure and microbe communities by tilling the soil as little as possible. Plant beds get a rest with restorative cover crops.
At the Boise Farmers Market
Purple Sage Farms sells herbs, produce, and other farm goods at the Boise Farmers Market every Saturday, April through December. The market is located at 1500 Shoreline Drive in Boise and runs from 9 am to 1 pm.
The organic seal shows we uphold federal standards for promoting biodiversity, creating pollinator and beneficial insect habitat, good soil health, sustainable pest and disease management, a lower carbon footprint than conventional agriculture, that our produce is free of genetically modified organisms, synthetic chemicals and fertilizers.
Fresh + Dried + Fermented
Purple Sage Brewing Co.
Fresh, local produce is a cornerstone of our farm. We’ve also learned that harvesting and drying those fresh herbs, at the peak of their quality, assures that their great flavors are preserved for use during the cold winter months. Buying fresh when it’s available, and switching to preserved when fresh is no longer available is the most sustainable way to eat. Our on-farm commercial kitchen enables us to convert both fresh and dried produce into great preserved food, ranging from fermented vegetables to kombucha tea from Purple Sage Brewing Company.
Four Seasons of Flavor
Our first season starts in early January, inside our germination room, with trays of seedlings waiting for a warmer date to place inside our greenhouses or outside under protective covers. By March, perennials and overwintered greens are waking up from winter dormancy and seedlings are growing fast. As summer approaches, a shift occurs to heat-loving plants that thrive in the outdoor sunshine or greenhouse humidity. Cool-season crops are planted in August to be harvested September through December. Then a fourth season becomes important when fermented and dried crops that were harvested the rest of the year are made in our on-farm commercial kitchen. This completes the year, with local food available in every month.
Family Owned and Operated
Father and son team, Tim and Mike Sommer, are fourth and fifth generation Idaho farmers that work in the field and the farm's commercial kitchen. Building healthy soil and growing good food are their passions. Talk to Jackie Sommer, Mike's wife, to hear what's new at the farm. Our seasonal product list changes by the day so she keeps restaurants and grocers up to date on what's ready for your plate.
Each member of the Sommer family helps to support the farm, from marketing, to IT support, to doctoring lambs, or repairing a farm truck. A full day of harvesting basil, hoeing weeds in the arugula and seeding a cover crop of buckwheat isn’t over until they’ve cooked and eaten a pesto-crusted leg of lamb, roasted rosemary potatoes and a fresh spicy mustard greens salad. We work in the community to promote organic agriculture by mentoring new farmers, speaking at organic farming conferences, and serving on the board of directors for our local farmers market and producer cooperative. Purple Sage Farms is an award winning family farm, recognized for persistent and long-term advocacy for Idaho’s locally and organically grown food system.