Farm Fresh Food

OUR AREA OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE OF fresh, local produce from dozens of small farms around Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Loomis and Newcastle. Truckee is served by some in Plumas County, such as Sierra Valley Farms, as well as ones in the foothills.

The fresh, local fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and eggs are sold at farmers markets: Foothill Farmers Market, Jardin del Rio in South Nevada County, the Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market, Grass Valley Thursday Night Market and the Nevada City Farmers Market, among others.

Most of the weekly markets open in spring (April for the Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market and June for the Nevada City Farmers Market and Grass Valley Thursday Night Market). Some are year-round, such as the Foothill Farmers Market in Auburn; the Nevada City Farmers Market has been open the first Saturday of each month this past winter.

We also have farm stands such as Bierwagen’s Donner Trail Fruit in Chicago Park, Twin Peaks Orchard in Newcastle, and Boorinakis Harper Ranch, Ikedas and Machado Orchards in Auburn

Farms that produce olive oil include Monte Vista Ranch in Newcastle and the Colwell Thundering Herd Ranch in Penryn.

Some farms, such as Mountain Bounty Farms in Nevada City, Foothill Roots Farm in Meadow Vista and Natural Trading Co. in Newcastle, offer weekly CSAs (or “veggies in a box”). The Sierra Foothills Producers, a group of local farms and ranches, also is popular.

LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

FOOTHILL FARMERS MARKET
has a dozen markets including:
Saturday Auburn (Courthouse), Rocklin
Sunday Granite Bay
Tuesday Roseville
Wednesday Auburn (DeWitt Center)
Thursday Loomis
FoothillFarmersMarket.com

GRASS VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT MARKET
Thursdays 5:30-9 p.m. in historic down- town Grass Valley, June 29-Aug. 3. Beer & wine garden, food courts and more farmers.
DowntownGrassValley.com

NEVADA CITY FARMERS MARKET
Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Union St. in historic downtown Nevada City. June 3-Nov. 18. Also May 6.
NCFarmersMarket.org


NEVADA COUNTY CERTIFIED GROWERS MARKET

Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. North Star House, Grass Valley, April 15-Nov. 18
Tuesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nevada County Horsemen, Grass Valley, May 2-Nov. 21
Thursdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Western Gateway Park, Penn Valley, May 4-Nov. 16
TheGrowersMarket.com

(Photo: Linda Carter Holman)

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