Fallow and Fertile
Located just south of Spokane, in Washington State, The Palouse is a rich farming area of some 3,000 square miles of rolling hills. It is somewhat reminiscent of the Tuscany region, in Italy, except instead of vineyards the main crops here are wheat, garbanzo beans and rapeseed (Canola). The peculiar and picturesque loess (volcanic) hills, which characterize the Palouse prairie, are underlain by wind-blown sediments of the Palouse loess. Rainfall is so plentiful, that the crops are not irrigated. In early summer, the Palouse is a vibrant patchwork of rolling hills, covered by multicolored fields of green and brilliant yellow; classic farms, silos and barns dot the landscape, and narrow roads snake through the valleys.