Mountain Mandarins: A Sweet Crop

WHEN ORGANIZERS IN NEWCASTLE — nestled in the foothills near Auburn — held their first Mountain Mandarin Festival 26 years ago, they never imagined that it would grow to a three-day event that now attracts up to 35,000 people from throughout the West. Visitors to the Mountain Mandarin Festival — held on the weekend of […]

Sweet Treat: 25th Mountain Mandarin Festival is November 16-18

MANDARINS HAVE BEEN GROWN IN THE FOOTHILLS surrounding Newcastle since the late 1800s. The first commercial Mandarin endeavors were started in the 1950s by Frank Aguilar, Ed Pilz and Harold Struble, and there are now over 80 growers in Placer County. When organizers in the bucolic foothills town of Newcastle held their first Mountain Mandarin […]

Placer County Supervisors approve Mountain Mandarin proclamation

ACTION REQUESTED Approve and present a Proclamation declaring the fourth Friday of November to be the official start of the 20th Annual Mandarin Festival and Mandarin Growing Season and encourage all citizens to support our local Mountain Mandarin Growers Association farmers throughout the designated week and beyond by purchasing locally grown mandarins at the Mandarin […]