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 […]

The Stone House: A sign of the “New” Culinary Gold Rush

IN THE NEW GOLD RUSH, CHEFS, RESTAURATEURS, farmers, winemakers and artists are resettling our region, adding new energy and sophisticated offerings for today’s travelers while honoring the region’s rich history. Nowhere is this more apparent than at The Stone House in Nevada City, an iconic stone and wood building in the historic downtown that dates […]

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 […]

Michael Pollan Cooks!

WE ARE LONGTIME FANS OF BESTSELLING food author and activist Michael Pollan. We often feature his quotes in our magazine, such as “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” We also write about his food philosophies: The importance of a shared meal, for example. Pollan is now a journalism professor at UC Berkeley, […]

“Farm-to scoop” edibles abound

You’ve heard about farm-to-table and farm-to-fork dining. Now a “farm-to-scoop” movement is underway—referring to desserts that are made from fresh, natural or organic ingredients. Summer is the best time to make the natural treats because of all the fruits and veggies growing in the foothills. Think rhubarb ice cream or ice pops, for example. The […]

“New Gold Rush”: How chefs, farmers, winemakers & artists are resettling the Sierra Foothills

A new generation of chefs, farmers, winemakers and artists are resettling the region. They are adding new energy and sophisticated offerings for today’s travelers while honoring the region’s rich history. The foothills’ relaxed lifestyle, Mediterranean-like climate and stunning beauty is prompting them to open wineries; restaurants with fresh, local cuisine; and local art galleries. This […]

Nevada City Farmers Market: Local farms for this year

The Nevada City Farmers Market begins on June 16 (Father’s Day weekend) and runs until November 17, 2012 (Weekend Before Thanksgiving). Here’s a list of the farms for this year: Boxcar Farm Based in Nevada City, California, Boxcar Farm sits among rolling hills and family vineyards on lush pastureland enriched by decades of happy grazing […]