Summer events in the foothills and Sierra

Nevada County Fair Held under the shade of tall pine trees in Grass Valley, the Nevada County Fair is August 9-13. Lakes, rivers, oceans and beaches are being featured, a fitting theme thanks to a wet winter that has revived our area’s drought-ravaged lakes. The fair is the perfect opportunity to listen to musical entertainment, […]

Loomis: Revitalizing its Downtown

DESPITE ITS SMALL SIZE, THE TOWN OF LOOMIS — just off I-80 in south Placer County — looms large when it comes to the region’s history. In the mid-1800s, settlers came to Loomis for gold mining along the rivers. Then along came the railroads. “Loomis was named in 1884 by the Southern Pacific for James […]

Fresh Food Festivals and Farm Tours all summer long

PLACER COUNTY’S RURAL ROADS ARE LINED WITH rows of orchards, and the peaches, pears and plums are at their ripest. Farms are brimming with fresh vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. In the foothills and Truckee/Tahoe, the weekly farmers markets are in full swing, offering local produce, meat and eggs—and helping to build community spirit. […]