BriarPatch Co-op celebrates local foods and farmers

NATURAL FOOD COOPERATIVES ARE PIONEERS of the organic food industry—and on the cutting edge of providing shoppers with the freshest local food. They also specialize in food-related education and events. Nowadays, the member-governed co-ops are thriving, thanks to the “buy fresh, buy local” movement. Food co-ops belonging to the National Cooperative Grocers Association operate more […]

Homesteading: “Back-to-the-Land” activities are thriving

MODERN HOMESTEADING IS BOOMING, as more people want to become self-sufficient, eat local food and, in many cases, relive happy childhood memories. The new generation of homesteaders is snapping up chicken coops, gardening tools, beehives and pickling and canning supplies. This retail segment has grown into a $200 billion business, economists estimate. “Every year we […]

Summer Catering: fresh & local, small plates

SUMMER IS PRIME TIME FOR GET-TOGETHERS, weddings, family reunions and anniversaries. It also is ideal for caterers thanks to the bounty of available fresh, local food. Local menus remain one of the hottest trends in catering, along with small plates. Our foothills include some top-notch caterers who capitalize on the trend. IN THE KITCHEN At […]

Home-grown talent: Wendy Van Wagner of In The Kitchen

THE LURE OF THE BIG CITY IS costly to small towns. The talented young people often move away. “Bring them home” has been the motto of local economic development proponents. We’re glad to celebrate home-grown talent whenever we can—in this case In The Kitchen owner Wendy Van Wagner. Wendy’s In The Kitchen cooking school and […]

Culinary Adventures – take a cooking class

“No one is born a great cook—one learns by doing.” -Julia Child,My Life in France In 1948, Julia Child found her true calling. She moved to France, developed a passion for French cooking and authored books that became essential for food lovers. In 1993, we recall attending the annual Western Cable Show and marveling at […]

“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 […]

Farm-fresh food for busy families at In The Kitchen

COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (or CSA) is booming. It refers to individuals who pledge to support one or more local farms at the onset of the growing season, paying for a share of the anticipated harvest. In return, they receive a weekly vegetable box during the growing season. In The Kitchen of Nevada City is making local […]

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