Huck’s Hollow Farm: Pure crackers, pure flavor

Want crackers to go with artisan cheese? Try the ones from Huck’s Hollow Farm Homemade Goods, made in Grass Valley. The artisanal crackers are made with organic ingredients, are non-GMO and pack a massive crunch—all in plastic-free packaging. Some of them are gluten free. Owner Theresa Huck has been baking the crackers in her home […]

Eat like a local in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn

LUNCH AT BRIARPATCH DELI The deli at the BriarPatch Coop in Grass Valley offers fresh ready-to-eat meals, light meals, a salad bar, drinks and baked goods, all from the same ingredients sold in the store. A hot bar offers theme days, such as Indian cuisine. The “Patch” also is open for breakfast and dinner. BriarPatch.coop […]

Video: BriarPatch to show “Food for Change” at The Center on February 20

“Food for Change,” a new documentary film about the history of the food co-op movement in the U.S., will be screened on Thursday, February 20, at The Center for the Arts. Food for Change goes back to the Great Depression, through the idealistic 1970s, to the current resurgence of food co-operatives in America, tracing their […]

BriarPatch names founders as “volunteers for life”

Harry Bailey and David Bowman have been an integral part of BriarPatch Co-op since the store’s inception. They were founders and have continued to work for the store through the Patch’s 37 years. At the beginning of their careers at BriarPatch, Bailey and Bowman did a bit of everything. Not only did they serve on […]

Best fresh, local turkeys from the Sierra Foothills and Central Valley

Our region is lucky because of the abundance of fresh, local turkeys that are available for the holidays. Some of them are sold by national food retailers such as Williams-Sonoma, but the turkey farms are in our own backyard. Here are some of our favorites. You can find many of them at markets throughout the […]

“We gather together”: Diestel Turkey and fresh, local sides for dinner

We’re having a Diestel turkey for tonight, with gravy, potatoes, home-made stuffing and Brussels sprouts with bacon. The Diestel turkey is cooked in the oven the old-fashioned way, with chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, sage and thyme), butter and olive oil. It is basted regularly. The stuffing is made with Italian sausage, breadcrumbs fashioned from a […]

Food activist Michael Pollan in Grass Valley on November 8 (video)

VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM The Center for the Arts and BriarPatch Co-op present Friday, November 8, 8 p.m. General Admission $45 Center & BriarPatch members $50 non-member $60 Premium: includes reserved seating and parking An onstage conversation/interview with Michael Pollan followed by audience questions and a book signing. With the publication of his 2006 bestselling book, […]

Eat Your veggies! Vegetarian cuisine growing

THE RANKS OF VEGETARIANS and vegans are growing, thanks to increasing health awareness, environmental concerns and more locally sourced fruit and veggies. As many as 10 percent of adults consider themselves vegetarians, even though they may eat fish or chicken occasionally, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group. The foothills and Sierra are blessed with an […]