Farm Fresh Food

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Foraging for flavor: Summer cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

DURING THE SUMMER, YOU CAN TAKE advantage of the bounty from farmers markets and farm stands or backyard gardens. Cooking classes feature summer fruits and veggies. In a popular class at Tess’ Kitchen Store, in-house chef Alan Tangren—who was a restaurant forager at famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley—shows you how to select the best fruits […]

Things to do in Grass Valley

“VISIT CALIFORNIA” HAS A celebrity spokesman—actor Rob Lowe, who shares his love for the great outdoors, and the dining, arts and culture scene. As it turns out, Grass Valley has its own informal group of celebrity tourism ambassadors—the famous people who perform at The Center of the Arts and had a great visit. Besides performing, […]

Foothill Flavor: farmers markets, festivals and art & wine walks

Here’s our magazine’s summer guide to what’s happening this summer: FOOD Nevada City Farmers Market Saturday mornings until Nov. 23. NCFarmersMarket.org Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market Saturday mornings until Nov. 23 at historic North Star House in Grass Valley. TheGrowersMarket.com Foothill Farmers Market offers markets throughout the region. FoothillFarmersMarket.com Tuesday: Roseville Truckee (Truckee River Regional […]

Grass Valley’s revitalized Thursday Night Market (photo essay)

We at Sierra FoodWineArt magazine had a hunch the revitalized Thursday Night Market in downtown Grass Valley was going to be a good food, wine & art story: Al fresco dining, menus with fresh, local ingredients, more local farmers, live music, family activities, wine tasting, shopping, local artwork and more. Downtown Grass Valley, once the […]