Water-wise landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

AN ABUNDANCE OF LAKES, RIVERS, streams and ponds have defined our region’s geography and culture for generations. This also is reflected in the landscaping and design around our homes and businesses: lush lawns, water features, water-loving trees and shrubs.
But a prolonged drought is forcing us to rethink our commercial and residential landscapes, often the site [...]

Placer and Nevada County CA ranked tops in nation for recreation

WHETHER IT’S BIKING, HIKING, camping, swimming or picnicking, Placer and Nevada Counties are ranked among America’s 50 best counties for outdoor activities, according to a new survey.
Placer County ranked #36, Nevada County ranked #47 and El Dorado ranked #49 in the nation, according to Niche, which runs a popular ranking and review site. The top [...]

Lakes that survived the drought: Tahoe, Rollins, Donner and Scotts Flat

SURE, CALIFORNIA HAS A drought, which is impacting recreation on some of its most popular rivers, lakes and reservoirs. But with trillions of gallons of water, Lake Tahoe — the nation’s second deepest lake — is poised to welcome water enthusiasts from all over this summer.
The same goes for most other lakes in our region, [...]

Wine and food tasting abounds in Placer County and Nevada County CA this summer

For savory eats and award-winning wines, these festivals offer eclectic tastings, hands-on cooking demos with imaginative chefs, and breathtaking venues:
SIERRA VINTNERS
SUMMER REGIONAL WINE TRAIL JULY 18 AND SEPTEMBER 26
A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on “roads less traveled” in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near [...]

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 [...]

Generation Organic: Young farmers in the Sierra Foothills

For decades, the average age of farmers has been rising—to 57 years old, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But American agriculture is benefiting from youthful vigor, at least when it comes to small farms. Here are some examples in our region:
BOORINAKIS HARPER RANCH
A “little family farm that could,” the Boorinakis Harper Ranch has [...]

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 at [...]

Chef’s Notes: The Farm Table, Wheyward Girl Creamery

THE FARM TABLE
The Farm Table is Placerville’s new restaurant and market. It uses the best local and seasonal ingredients and offers gluten-free and vegetarian options.
The restaurant offers house-made specialty meats, pickled seasonal vegetables, preserves and condiments, local and imported craft beer and wine, and gourmet gifts and souvenirs.
The restaurant’s owners are Zach and Kara Taylor, [...]

Monkey Cat: Fine dining in Auburn

OUR AREA IS HOME to some of the most experienced and enthusiastic restaurateurs. For the past 11 years, Jim Bril and his wife, Trish, have owned the popular Monkey Cat restaurant in downtown Auburn. Jim also has partnered with Gary Capps, a longtime local, to open Tre Pazzi, an authentic Italian trattoria in Auburn.
“I started [...]

Carpe Vino in Auburn: Named one of America’s best restaurants

AUBURN, ONCE CONSIDERED A PIT STOP on I-80 between Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area, is now redefining itself as a fine dining destination, thanks largely to Carpe Vino in Auburn.
Carpe Vino epitomizes the trend of small cities increasingly “expanding the culinary frontier from a few urban enclaves,” as The Wall Street Journal wrote recently. [...]

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