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.
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 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.
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.
Recipe by Courtney McDonald
Makes 1 quart jar
-5 Meyer lemons
-1/3 cup kosher salt
-2 whole star anise
-1 cinnamon stick
-2/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (from about 5 lemons)
Scrub lemons and mandarin and dry well. Quarter lemons and mandarin lengthwise, leaving 1/2 inch at bottom intact. Toss fruit with salt and spices and transfer to a sterile quart-sized mason jar. Use a wooden spoon to press lemons to fit. Add lemon juice and any remaining salt. Seal jar tightly and shake to combine. Let stand at room temperature for 3 days, shaking jar each day. Transfer to refrigerator for 3 weeks until rinds are soft. Rinse before using the rind, and pulp can be used in salad dressings and marinades.
Sales: Sales at 9200 Old State Hwy, Newcastle
Products: Organic mandarins and organic meyer lemons
About: I am Rich Ferreira, owner of Side Hill Citrus in Lincoln, California. I live on my Placer County mandarin ranch with my two beautiful daughters. The girls grew up on the ranch and are still very active in the business.
In 1975, I bought the original 17 acre ranch with only 100 Satsuma mandarin orange trees. Today Side Hill Citrus has grown to 48 acres and over 3,000 Satsuma mandarin orange trees. Our mandarins and lemons have been organically grown since 1989.
It is important to me that Side Hill Citrus does not put anything in the soil that might be harmful to the environment or my family. Please visit our website and/or Facebook to read more about the ranch.
Products: Mandarins, limes, lemons (Meyer, Eureka, and Santa Teresa), oranges (Blood, Navel and Valencia), kumquats, grapefruit and pomegranates. Marinades, dressings, vinaigrettes and spreads produced from citrus that we grow.
Sales: On-farm mid-November through January, 10am – 5pm, closed Monday and holidays. On-site sales and via website. Visit our website for hours of operation and more info. We ship.
Hours: Newcastle Produce, Ikeda’s, Holiday Market, SPD Market
Products: Mandarins, Kiwifruit, Fuyu, Chocolate & Hachiya persimmons, Meyer lemons, mandarin jam and BBQ sauce