Fall cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

IN FALL, YOU CAN SAVOR THE LATE – season fruits and vegetables from farmers markets, including apples, pears, persimmons and pumpkins. The markets are open until Thanksgiving, or year-round, allowing you to create a feast from the local bounty.
Fall also is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class. The weather is cooler, [...]

“A Walk Through Autumn” in the foothills and Sierra

Our region is one of the best places in California to view fall foliage, earning it the name “New England of the West.” Here are some suggestions:
Weather permitting, take an old-fashioned Sunday drive along Old Hwy. 40 from Rocklin to Donner Pass and Truckee instead of Interstate 80. The fall colors are spectacular.
“You [...]

BriarPatch completes construction of solar parking lot, keeps it local

The largest carport solar power system in Nevada County has been completed at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market at 290 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.
This summer the cooperatively-owned grocery store built an innovative 680-panel, 295 kW photovoltaic solar array that spans the length of an expanded parking lot. The system is expected to generate approximately [...]

Stucki Jewelers: A model for Main Street

MOM AND POP STORES ARE THE “economic engine” for the foothills and Sierra. But they face many challenges: big box stores, Amazon.com and population declines.
On the other hand, independent businesses that provide unique products or services will continue to thrive, experts say. Fine jewelry retailers are a prime example.
The reasons are multifold: Jewelry—an engagement ring, [...]

Grass Valley’s Flower Lady

Foothill Flowers celebrates its 50th anniversary on October 21 at 102 West Main St. Founder Marie Johnson and her sons, Mark and Todd, take pride in seasonally decorating the large front windows.
This season, a Christmas tree rises two stories from the shop floor to a skylight high above. A bronze plaque on the building [...]

Gold Country Vintage Road: A scenic loop designed with vintage shoppers in mind

GOLD COUNTRY VINTAGE ROAD is a scenic loop designed with vintage shoppers in mind.
Starting in Auburn, it winds its way through Gold Country, connecting a remarkable collection of shops, featuring up-cycled furniture, quirky accessories, vintage clothing, chalk style paint, hand-crafted jewelry and more—all at a fraction of what you’d pay in the “big city.”
A “Vintage [...]

BriarPatch turns 40: “We own it, let’s grow it”

NATURAL FOOD COOPERATIVES are booming across America. The 150 food co-ops of the National Co-op Grocers operate more than 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of $2 billion. Food co-ops have led to a boom in organic foods, now the fastest growing sector of the grocery business.
One of the food co-op stalwarts [...]

“Cooked”: Exploring culinary experiences in the Sierra Foothills

AWARD-WINNING FOOD AUTHOR Michael Pollan and Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney are receiving widespread praise for their Netflix documentary Cooked.
In Cooked, Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Each episode examines one of the physical elements used throughout the ages for cooking: fire (barbecue), water (pot cooking), air (bread making), and earth (fermentation).
Our [...]

“Travel Nevada County” featured in S.F. Chronicle

We worked as a business writer/chief technology writer at The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, so we were glad to participate in a special section in The Chronicle promoting Nevada County CA. The stand-alone section will run in the newspaper a week from Sunday (9/18)— and online. Here’s our ad and the “pitch” from [...]

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 fresh, [...]

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