'Farm to Fork' to Air

Awesome Adventures films in Boise, to air in October

Published in the July 2009 Issue Published online: Jul 06, 2009 Potato Harvesting IPC
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This fall, millions of kids across the country will learn about the exciting world of Idaho potatoes. Awesome Adventures, an award-winning weekly syndicated television series, takes kids ages 13-16 on incredible journeys around the world. Boise was their latest adventure destination.

The television crew, celebrity host Mystro Clark and two local Idaho teens kicked off their adventure at a potato storage in Wilder, Idaho. Doug Gross, a third-generation potato grower and plant owner, explained the growing, harvesting and storage process to the energetic crew who then literally jumped on a mountain of potatoes to fill their bags with the best potatoes they could find. With potatoes in hand, they arrived at Brick 29 Bistro in Nampa, Idaho, to turn their tubers in to Jo-Jo's, crispy, delicious potato wedges lightly battered and fried.

"It was a thrill for Idaho Potatoes to be featured in this high-quality educational program," said Frank Muir, president and CEO, Idaho Potato Commission. "My hope is that kids who watch the program will be amazed by and appreciate all the steps it takes to get potatoes from the farm to their dinner plates."

The educational and highly entertaining TV show finds local teenagers to help host the program and add personal perspectives. Jenna Thompson, 17, from Mountain Home Senior High School and Joey Eades, 18, from Boise were the stars during their week-long whirl-wind tour. They:

  • Visited Opera Idaho and learned to sing Don Giovanni by Mozart;
  • Learned to Nordic ski and snowblade at Bogus Basin;
  • Participated in mascot training with "Rumble" of the Idaho Stampede basketball team;
  • Visited "Winter Garden Aglow" at the Botanical Garden;
  • Relaxed at the Gold Fork Hot Springs and took an elk feeding tour.

Awesome Adventures has won numerous awards including:

  • Gold medal from the National Association of Parenting Publications (NAPP)
  • Honors from the Dove Foundation, and the Parent's Guide to Children's Media
  • A Parent's Choice Award
  • The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania rated this FCC friendly show as Highly Educational

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