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 […]

2015 food, drink, home and garden trends on Pinterest

The Pinterest 100 predicts lifestyle trends for the new year, based on popular “pins:” CAULIFLOWER IS THE NEW KALE IN FOOD & DRINK Where to find it: Foothill Farmers Market, Placer Co. BriarPatch Co-op, GV Tahoe Central Market, Lake Tahoe West Shore Café, Lake Tahoe WOODWORKING IS HAVING A MOMENT IN […]

Cooking classes at Tess’ Kitchen Store and BriarPatch this summer

“WE’RE TALKING ABOUT COOKING MORE, but survey research confirms we’re cooking less and buying more prepared meals,” as food activist Michael Pollan explains in his book Cooking. Pollan explains the paradox by theorizing, “We might not feel we have the time, energy or knowledge to do it ourselves every day, but we’re not prepared to […]

Sierra Foothills’ food & wine featured at State Fair

A THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR, from July 11-27 at Cal Expo in Sacramento is “From our Farm to Your Table.” It draws 700,000 people annually, more visitors than most professional sports teams attract in an entire season. Nowhere is the counties’ exhibit theme more appropriate than for our region. We offer an […]

Fresh and local food going mainstream

FOOD LOVERS HAVE ADVOCATED for locally grown produce, locally sourced meats and seafood and environmental sustainability. Now this mantra is becoming more of a concern to the “average diner” both at home and when dining out. “As stresses on the planet mount— including climate change, the severe drought in the West, overfishing, mechanized agriculture and […]

BriarPatch Co-Op weighs expansion options

BriarPatch Co-op Market is bursting at the seams. The community-owned organic grocery store has grown from $6 million in annual sales to $25 million in seven years. While such growth is a good problem to have, it’s still a problem. And the Co-op knows it. “For almost a year, BriarPatch has been involved in a […]

BriarPatch’s February cooking classes

Give the gift of good food this February to someone you love with a cooking class, and since you’re just as important, make sure to sign up for a class or two yourself. Learn enticing recipes and discover aphrodisiac super-foods to make this Valentine’s Day special with “Aphrodisiac Foods.” Mielle Rose will teach the class […]

BriarPatch Co-op’s January cooking classes: healthy, Asian, calzone, cheeses

Is one of your resolutions to eat healthier meals? BriarPatch Co-op is offering a range of classes this January to aid you on your journey toward healthy cooking. Ring in the new year with “Quick and Easy Healthy Cooking” on Saturday, January 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Migiwa Kawasaki, a trained macrobiotic chef […]

Fresh, local food year-round in the Sierra Foothills

THOUGH LEVELING OFF IN SOME other places, the fresh, local food movement—from farmers markets to farm-to-fork dining to organic grocers— is booming in our region and becoming a year-round passion. The movement has become an “economic engine” in its own right, diversifying our region’s economy. It stems from a desire to support local businesses and […]

Michael Pollan Cooks!

WE ARE LONGTIME FANS OF BESTSELLING food author and activist Michael Pollan. We often feature his quotes in our magazine, such as “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” We also write about his food philosophies: The importance of a shared meal, for example. Pollan is now a journalism professor at UC Berkeley, […]

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