Farmers Markets flourishing in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee

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 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.

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.

BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley, California Organics in Nevada City, Mother Truckers north of Nevada City, Newcastle Produce, New Earth Market in Yuba City and Tahoe Central Market in Kings Beach all specialize in fresh, local produce and meats. Tahoe Food Hub recently opened a produce store in Alpine Meadows.

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

Our area has its own cookbooks with seasonal recipes from the local farmers markets: The Art of Real Food: Seasonal Recipes for Every Week of the Year and Placer County Real Food, by authors Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny. Their theme: scratch cooking with local food 52 weeks a year.

Local Farmers Markets

has a dozen markets including:
Saturday Auburn (Courthouse) and Rocklin
Sunday Granite Bay
Tuesday Roseville and Truckee Regional Park
Wednesday Auburn (DeWitt Center) and Foresthill
Thursday Rocklin and Tahoe City

Thursdays in historic downtown Grass Valley.

Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Union St. in historic downtown.

Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. North Star House, Grass Valley

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