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The first Whole Foods Market in Idaho, located in Boise, sells products from some 60 local vendors.Credit…Bill Schaefer for The New York Times
By Stephanie Strom

BOISE, Idaho — A local illustrator’s chalk portraits of workers hang inside the store, where the same artist’s murals decorate the wall behind the cheese case.

Meat and bakery cases feature exclusive foods made with the state fruit. Holding up a chain of sausages that include it, a worker joked: “We pick the huckleberries on our way into work.”

In another aisle, Mary Cogswell, the owner of the Wildflour Bakery a few miles away, visits daily to restock the table where her cookies — Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut and Everything, among others — are sold.

At this time of year, the first Whole Foods Market in Idaho, population roughly 1.6 million, sells products from some 60 local vendors, including turkeys from the A+ Ranch that are billed as organic and certified as raised under humane conditions.

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