Organic grocers: The pulse of the community

“The bulletin board in any organic store is the pulse of the community. You can find yoga, massage, concert listings, bookstores, used van parts (crucial for a touring band), community political information and even lost cats.” — Michael Franti ORGANIC GROCERY STORES ARE BECOMING a hub in more communities, including the ones in our region. […]

Local Eats: “Farm to court dining”

THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT—from farmers markets to farm-to-fork dining to organic grocers—is becoming a year-round passion in our region. Our fertile soil and water resources are a real asset, along with the know-how of previous generations of farmers in our region, going back to the Gold Rush era. Sacramento has rebranded itself as a […]

Summer is prime time for farmers markets

SUMMER IS PRIME TIME FOR FARMERS MARKETS, in our region and all across America. The USDA’s 17th annual National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13, celebrating the role of farmers markets in local economies. The markets create local jobs; return more of their sales to the local economy than grocery stores; and provide consumers with […]

New Earth Market expands to Chico

Grocery co-ops are booming in our region, from Reno to Grass Valley to Chico. In 2011, New Earth Market opened in Yuba City. The 18,500 square-foot store offers competitively priced organic, sustainable and seasonal products harvested within a 100-mile radius. Now New Earth Market is opening a second store in Chico. The 16,000-square-foot store is […]

Where to get fresh, local food in Placer County and Nevada County CA

“MILLENNIALS ARE CHANGING food as we know it,” writes Forbes magazine, citing a report that young adults are willing to pay more for fresh, local food and will go to great lengths to find it. Their preferences have helped fuel a boom in organic food, which broke a record last year, totaling $39 billion in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Earth Market: Yuba City’s biggest organic market

MORE AMERICANS ARE EATING GREEN. More than half say they prefer to eat organic food, largely because it tastes better and is better for the environment, according to recent polls. To meet the demand, more grocery stores are expanding their organic and natural offerings. More natural grocery stores are opening too. Last spring, nine local […]

Fresh, local feasts for the holidays

In the foothills, the possibilities abound for preparing a fresh, local feast for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s. Here are some suggestions for finding the ingredients and preparing it: Farmers Markets “They’re only for summer,” you might think. Not so. The Foothill Farmers Market in Auburn is open year-round on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon at […]