Sierra foothills’ farmers markets getting underway

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 […]

Fall Wine Tours: Barrel Tasting & Leaf Peeping

LIKE THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD movement, wine tasting in the Sierra foothills is becoming a year-round passion. Downtown tasting rooms are open, but more wineries are staying open year-round. Naggiar Vineyards is extending its wine and food events year-round. Smith Vineyards, with its iconic red-barn winery building, is opening its vineyard on Saturdays in October—including […]

South Nevada County: A gateway to local food and wine

FOR GENERATIONS, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S ROADSIDE FARM STANDS, specialty grocery stores and wineries have been a welcome reprieve for travelers. The long-lasting ones have helped shape their region’s identity. Examples include the Oakville Grocery Co. in Napa Valley, a gourmet’s delight; V. Sattui, where you can buy your favorite wine and enjoy a Napa picnic on […]

Gazpacho with fresh produce from Jardin del Rio

Ingredients and recipe: 3-4 pounds of fresh tomatoes (mix of varieties) 1 pound of fresh peppers (mix of varieties) 1 red onion 2 cucumbers (peeled, sliced and seeded) 4 cloves of fresh garlic handful of fresh cilantro handful of fresh basil 1 tsp. cardamom 1 tsp. celery salt 1 tsp. white pepper Squeeze of lime […]

Jardin del Rio Farmstand opens June 22 at Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Tasting Room

One of the most delightful Sierra foothills’ farmstands is Jardin del Rio, located at Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Tasting Room on Highway 49. (Jardin del Rio is pronounced “Hardin,” with the Spanish pronunciation of the “j” sounding like an “h.”) This weekend we received notice that the farm stand is opening on June 22: Next […]

Sierra Knolls new wood-burning pizza oven is a masterpiece

THE ITALIANS WHO CAME TO THE Gold Country in the mid-1800s brought winemaking to the region—but they also introduced the culinary tradition of baking in stone ovens. Many Italian families used outdoor stone ovens to bake bread, a vital part of Italian culture. “Around 100 stone ovens have been identified in Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne […]

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