THOUGH LEVELING OFF IN SOME other places, the fresh, local food movement—from farmers markets to farm-to-fork dining to organic grocers— is booming in our region and becoming a year-round passion.
The movement has become an “economic engine” in its own right, diversifying our region’s economy. It stems from a desire to support local businesses and farmers, [...]
We’re having a Diestel turkey for tonight, with gravy, potatoes, home-made stuffing and Brussels sprouts with bacon.
The Diestel turkey is cooked in the oven the old-fashioned way, with chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, sage and thyme), butter and olive oil. It is basted regularly.
The stuffing is made with Italian sausage, breadcrumbs fashioned from a loaf of [...]
WITH GRASS VALLEY AND NEVADA CITY AS A BASE, visitors can view fall colors in historic towns and along the “roads less traveled” — Hwys. 49, 174 & 20. Enjoy the splendor of fall, along with food & wine, arts & culture, history, shopping and recreation.
Check into a B&B, inn or motel: the Broad [...]
Some of our favorite “foodie paradises” are in the Bay Area, and we are regulars. The Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco and the Rockridge Market Hall come to mind. The Ferry Building also is home to a popular farmers market where we used to shop.
Now, we believe, this phenomena may be coming to historic [...]
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 fresh treats [...]
THE BOUNTY AT FARMERS markets includes more than seasonal fruit and veggies. Artisan food also is offered, including bread, cheese, jams, sausage, pâté, meats and fish.
Some examples we enjoy from the Foothill Farmers Market (at one or more locations): cheese from Dedrick’s Cheese in Placerville; sausages from Smokey Ridge Charcuterie in Placerville; chicken, lamb, pork [...]
Friday, September 13, the Nevada City Farmers Market and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present a special evening with Daphne Miller, MD, the critically acclaimed author of “Farmacology-What Innovative Family Farming can Teach us About Health and Healing” and “The Jungle Effect” with opening remarks by local doctor and author Dr. Jeff Kane.
Part clinician, part ecologist, [...]
Here’s our magazine’s summer guide to what’s happening this summer:
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
Truckee (Truckee River Regional Park)
Auburn (DeWitt Center) and Foresthill
Auburn (Old [...]
THE RANKS OF VEGETARIANS and vegans are growing, thanks to increasing health awareness, environmental concerns and more locally sourced fruit and veggies.
As many as 10 percent of adults consider themselves vegetarians, even though they may eat fish or chicken occasionally, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group.
The foothills and Sierra are blessed with an [...]
WHEN IT COMES TO PLANNING DINNER, the answer should be a simple enough: “What’s in season?”
Once a challenge in the “boomer” era of processed food, that’s changing rapidly, thanks to the growth of local farms, farmers markets, food co-ops, CSA “veggies in a box”—and education.
In The Art of Real Food: Seasonal Recipes for Every Week [...]