Our local bounty: Farm to you

NEVADA AND PLACER COUNTIES ARE home to a growing, healthy and vibrant base of local farms, rivaling the Central Valley, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo. From fruits and vegetables (Riverhill Farm and Machado Orchards, for example) to grass-fed beef (Nevada County Free Range Beef and Sinclair Family Farm) — from olive oil, jams and honey […]

Alice Waters’ local ties: from a forager to a farmer

ALICE WATERS HAS BEEN A CHAMPION of the farm-to-table movement for over four decades. She is a national treasure, as is her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. We’ve admired Waters since our college days at UC Berkeley in the late ’70s: We’ve eaten at her restaurant on Shattuck Ave. (upstairs and downstairs), interviewed her in […]

Destination dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

GREAT FOOD IS A PART OF EVERY adventure. In our region, imaginative chefs and restaurateurs are invigorating the dining scene, and a growing number are winning rave reviews—from the James Beard Foundation, OpenTable, respected restaurant critics and food magazines. Farm-to-fork restaurants are a way of life in the foothills, not a fad, thanks to an […]

Farmers Market second season at the Rood Center in Nevada City starts June 3

The Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market will be returning Tuesday afternoons to the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City beginning June 3, 2014, from 2-5:30 p.m. NCCGM is Nevada County’s original Certified Market, bringing growers and the community together since 1980 and is also the operator of the Saturday Market at the Historic North […]

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 […]

Local food: A hallmark of Nevada County

AN HOUR FROM SACRAMENTO ON “the road less traveled,” Nevada County is blessed with an abundance of ranchland and farmland. There are more than 80 farmers and ranchers selling their products, most of them belonging to Nevada County Grown. From grass-fed beef to organic vegetables, the county supports a well-rounded local harvest. The produce is […]

Growers market relocating to historic North Star House

The Nevada County growers’ market — one of the most popular farmers markets in the foothills — is relocating from the fairgrounds to the historic North Star House. The North Star House, built in 1906, sits on a knoll on the mine’s property. It was designed by famous architect Julie Morgan, who designed Hearst Castle. […]