Sales: on-farm, you pick (check website for schedule), farmers’ markets in Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, and Sacramento. Grocery stores in Tahoe and Newcastle Produce. Restaurants in Auburn & Tahoe.
Hours: U-Pick on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, May through November by appointment
Products: Raspberries, thornless blackberries, boysenberries, olallieberries, blueberries, chestnuts, pomegranates, kiwi, mandarins, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, loquats, persimmons, figs, rhubarb, cherry plums, Meyer lemons, apples, applewood, olives, herbs, flowers, corn, popcorn, guava.
Sales: Please phone for citrus availability and appointments – we ship.
Products: 12 varieties of mandarins make for mandarin availability from November through June (or even as early as October some years, depending on the weather). 23 other citrus varieties provide citrus fruits year-round including kumquats, limes, lemons, pomelo, grapefruits, tangelos, oranges (12 kinds) and even Buddha’s Hand (AKA fingered citron)
Sales: On-farm, variable hours; Gaia’s Basket grocery market in Auburn.
Hours: Please call for on-farm hours or information on farm tours.
Products: Located in Loomis, Belly Rub Farms features eggs (pasture raised, organic feed, soy free), Heirloom tomatoes, peppers (sweet & hot), greens, broccoli, cauliflower, pork, chicken, Heirloom, turkey (pasture raised, organic feed, soy free), herbs, basil, Stevia, lemons, pomegranate, summer & winter squash, melons lemon grass garlic, onions, piglets (Kune Kune and American Guinea Hog).
Hours: Call for appointment. We ship mandarins.
Products: Satsuma Mandarins and other as listed: blood oranges, quince, figs, Key limes, Fuyu persimmons, Bearss limes, Eureka lemons, Meyer lemons, Cara Cara oranges, pomegranates, clementines, and Oro Blanco Pommelo.
Burgeson Family Farm is a small family farm on a beautiful sunny hilltop below Indian Hill Road in Newcastle. The property has excellent soil and a warm microclimate so the Burgesons often experiment with growing foods not typically grown in our area, such as unusual citrus and semitropicals. They practice sustainable farming methods in the care of their their land, and all the farm work is done by Adrian, Dayna and their son Evan. Dayna is a Registered Dietitian who spent her career promoting healthy eating with the University of California. Adrian is a retired elementary school teacher who taught hundreds of children the benefits of gardening through his yearly school garden projects. Evan is now an avid gardener and cook, so the love for farming may be hereditary. Please call to arrange farm tours or to purchase products in season. For more information, recipe ideas and more check the farm website.
Serves 2 – recipe by Courtney McDonald
-1/2 cup fresh citrus segments- mandarins, grapefruit, orange, blood orange or mix of all
-1 small head butter lettuce or ½ head other lettuce (you could also use 1 bunch arugula or mizuna)
-1 tsp. Meyer lemon juice
-zest of 1 Meyer lemon
-1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
-1/4 cup toasted walnuts, broken into small pieces
-1/4 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese
-salt and pepper, to taste
Place the citrus segments into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Separate the lettuce leaves, and wash and dry well. Tear leaves into bite-size pieces and add to the mixing bowl. While tossing gently, slowly add the Meyer lemon juice and zest. Next add the olive oil and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange the salad on two salad plates. Top with the chopped walnuts and goat cheese and serve immediately!
Sales: On-farm (tasting room and gift shop). Retailers: Newcastle Produce, Fawnridge Winery, Newcastle Mandarin Ranch, Ikeda’s Markets (Auburn/Davis), Machado’s Orchard Market, Sandlewood Kitchen Store (Auburn), Sunset Ridge Orchard Market (Newcastle), Blue Goose Produce Market, Flower Farm Nursery, Foothill Feed and Gift Shop, Villa Smith Gift Shop (Loomis), Country Harvest Bakery (Lincoln), Boa Vista Market, Bell Tower Bakery (Placerville), Sunset Ridge Orchard, Foothill Feed & Gift Store (Loomis), Highland Orchard, Mandarin Hill Orchard (Penryn), Taylor Market, Corti Brothers Market (Sacramento), Red Pony (Truckee), Wooden Spoon (Grass Valley), and Il Moro Restaurant (Los Angeles)
Hours: Nov/Dec: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tue/Sunday
Jan/Oct: Open by appointment (please call)
Products: mandarins, lemons, fuyu persimmons, hachiya persimmons, mandarin olive oil, lemon olive oil, balsamic vinegar, aged traditional dark balsamic vinegar, white balsamic vinegar, pomegranate balsamic vinegar, gourmet chocolate sauces, mandarin blossom honey, gourmet brittles, fruit marmalades, fruit pies (Oct-Dec), mandarin BBQ sauces and pepper sauce, and mandarin and lemon soaps, body butters, and lip balms.
Sales: On-farm November through February 8 AM to 5PM daily and wholesale, Tours and bus parking available, picnic area
Products: Satsuma and Clementine mandarins, navel oranges, Eureka and Meyers lemons, Marsh grapefruit, Hachya and Fuyu persimmons, Valencia oranges in July.
Sales: At High Hand Conservatory and Nursery
Tours: Yes, for special events or please schedule a tour
Products: Garlic, onions, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Thyme, rosemary, sage, peas, beans, romanesco, cauliflower, carrots, eggplant, peppers, paper lanterns, melons, beets, 50 varieties of tomatoes, asparagus, artichokes, potatoes, mandarins, lemons, limes, sunflower, lavender, French marigolds, marionberries.
About Us: Maple Rock Gardens is a 30-acre estate garden containing multiple themed garden rooms, one of the largest garden Railroads in Northern California and almost 4 acres of bountiful farm lands. Open for private tours during a portion of the year guests will enjoy meandering paths leading to each of the garden rooms ranging from Japanese style settings to a formal English garden room full of fragrant and delicate blooms. Each area contains unique plant life such as peonies, ferns, dogwoods and iris. Water features both tall and wide and many hidden treasures can also been seen around every turn. And of course, the garden’s namesake: beautiful Japanese Maples. One of the most recent additions to the property is the farm which yields produce and plants year round for both the High Hand Conservatory and Nursery. Colorful and unique vegetables are produced for the High Hand Conservatory Restaurant inspiring fresh seasonal menu options and creating a colorful culinary experience for both your eyes and your taste buds. Many plants are started from seed on the farm at Maple Rock, carefully planted by hand in the rich soil of Placer County and made available for sale upon maturity at the High Hand Nursery. We invite you to schedule a tour or plan on visiting during one of our special events planned each year.
Serves 2 (with leftovers!)
-2 large eggs, lightly beaten
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 Tbsp. heavy cream
-3/4 cup buttermilk
-4 Tbsp. melted butter
-1 ½ Tbsp. fresh Meyer lemon juice
-zest of 1 Meyer lemon
-3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
-1 prebaked tart crust (you could use a store-bought graham cracker pie crust)
-1/4 cup sweetened whipped cream
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream, buttermilk, and melted butter. Slowly whisk in the lemon juice, zest and flour. Whisk until all lumps of flour have disappeared. Carefully pour buttermilk mixture into the prebaked tart shell. Place onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until tart is just set (when gently tapped the center should no longer jiggle), about 35-45 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, then slice into wedges. To serve, top with whipped cream and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, if desired. Wrap leftover tart in plastic and store in the refrigerator.
Sales: On-farm, Farmers’ Markets, we ship mandarins
Hours: Please call for hours or appointment.
Products: Heritage Mandarins, Navel Oranges, Tangerines, Grapefruit, Minneolas, Valencia Oranges, Meyer Lemons, Blood Oranges, Persimmons, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Hybrid Tomatoes, Basil, Cucumbers, Summer and Winter Squash, Pumpkins, Soft Skinned Melons, Mixed Cut Flowers, Cut Sunflowers, Cut Fragrant Garden Roses.
Find us at: Old Town Auburn Farmers’ Market and Fountains Farmers’ Market in Roseville by Whole Foods.
Mandarins available at Echo Valley Feed during Mandarin Season.
Some Wholesale welcome.
About Us: Steve and Lisa Pilz run the farm, which Steve’s Grandfather, Edmund Pilz, began. Ed began farming in 1927. He farmed many farms in this area. His favorite being Hillcrest. He chose this site as his home. Our farm sits on a beautiful hillside overlooking the Loomis Basin in the rolling hills of Placer County. On clear days you can see Mount Diablo to the Southwest! Hillcrest has seen many varieties of fruit trees come and go since 1927. The mandarin trees that Ed budded and planted back in the late 50’s still exist. About 7 acres of vegetables and flowers are also grown on our farm.