Winter Cooking Classes

Winter is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class in the foothills. We’re indoors more, thanks to the winter weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for the holidays— French cookware, a wok or a Vitamix. TESS’ KITCHEN STORE 115 Mill St., Grass […]

Arts Calendar: Evolution of Organic, Pink Martini, and Wild & Scenic Art

EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC FILMMAKER MARK KITCHELL (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) presents a new film “Evolution of Organic,” Monday, October 23, at 7:45 p.m. at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. “It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual […]

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 […]

Summer is prime time for farmers markets

SUMMER IS PRIME TIME FOR FARMERS MARKETS, in our region and all across America. The USDA’s 17th annual National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13, celebrating the role of farmers markets in local economies. The markets create local jobs; return more of their sales to the local economy than grocery stores; and provide consumers with […]

Cooking classes in Sierra Foothills showcase spring’s bounty

“In just spring, when the world is puddle-wonderful.” —E . E . CUMMINGS FARMERS ARE PLANTING THEIR SUMMER CROPS and harvesting spring’s bounty. Spring lettuces are headed for the markets. April is a time for asparagus and artichokes. Fresh local onions, squash, peppers and eggplant are expected in May and June. Here’s a sampling of […]

Food Trends: What’s hot for 2016

LOCAL SOURCING OF PRODUCE, meat and seafood are among the top restaurant trends for 2016, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual culinary forecast. The survey, focusing on the responses of nearly 1,600 chefs, also identified continued interest in environmental sustainability as a trend. Locally sourced meat and seafood rank at the top of the […]

BriarPatch celebrates its 40th anniversary with food, wine and art

THE YEAR 2016 MARKS BRIARPATCH CO-OP’S 40th anniversary, leading to a year-long celebration. It will include special sales, a $40,000 community food giveaway, souvenirs, an art show and anniversary party for owners. Since it opened in 1976, BriarPatch has grown to more than 12,000 owners, and it employs more than 200 local residents, making it […]

BriarPatch Co-op backs local groups with donations

Four local groups recently received $500 each from BriarPatch Co-op Market’s Cooperative Community Fund: Nevada County Grown, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, Bitney College Prep High School, and Hospitality House. Nevada County Grown requested funds to help host their “Bounty of the County” educational event, which raises community awareness of local agriculture. Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release […]

Where to get fresh, local food in Placer County and Nevada County CA

“MILLENNIALS ARE CHANGING food as we know it,” writes Forbes magazine, citing a report that young adults are willing to pay more for fresh, local food and will go to great lengths to find it. Their preferences have helped fuel a boom in organic food, which broke a record last year, totaling $39 billion in […]

BriarPatch grew sales 11 percent last year, mails $199K in dividends

Dividend vouchers totaling $199,000 were mailed to owners of BriarPatch Co-op Community Market of Grass Valley in mid-May. “Co-ops have a unique dividend system in which the Board of Directors, after consideration of the previous year’s finances and anticipated future needs, may approve giving money back to owners,” said General Manager Chris Maher. “This system […]

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