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Recipe by Courtney McDonal; Serves 6

-4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
-4 ounces salty blue cheese, such as Bleu d’Auvergne or Roquefort
-1 small red onion or torpedo onion, thinly sliced
-1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
-2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste

On a large platter, lay out the tomato slices in a shingled pattern. Crumble the blue cheese evenly on top, then layer the sliced red onion on top of that. Crush the basil leaves and sprinkle over the platter to garnish. Drizzle the tomatoes with the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Cat­e­gory: Baked Goods

Plac­er­Grown ingre­di­ents used: Eggs Pump­kins Walnuts


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups fresh pump­kin puree
  • 1 cup veg­etable or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tea­spoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tea­spoon each ground all­spice and ground ginger
  • 1 tea­spoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tea­spoons bak­ing powder
  • 1 tea­spoon bak­ing soda
  • 1/2 tea­spoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped wal­nuts or pecans
  • Frost­ing
  • 1/2 cup butter(room temperature)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese(room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup pow­dered sugar
  • 1 tea­spoon vanilla extract

Pre­heat the oven to 350º (325º if using a Pyrex glass pan). Set aside a 9-by-13-inch bak­ing pan; do not grease. In the bowl of an elec­tric mixer fit­ted with the pad­dle attach­ment, beat the eggs until frothy. Add the sugar, pump­kin, oil, spice, and vanilla. Beat on low speed to com­bine, then increase to medium speed. Beat 1 minute. Addthe flour, bak­ing pow­der, bak­ing soda, and salt; beat on low speed 2 min­utes. Add the nuts and stir to com­bine. Pour into the bak­ing pan. Bake on the cen­ter rack for about 40 min­utes, until the cake is golden brown, the top springs back when lightly pressed, and a cake tester inserted into the cen­ter comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a rack at least 1 hour before frost­ing. To pre­pare the frost­ing, beat the but­ter and cream cheese with an elec­tric mixer until fluffy. Add the pow­dered sugar and vanilla and beat on low speed until fluffy. Add a bit more pow­dered sugar if nec­es­sary to make a stiffer frost­ing. This makes a tasty thin layer; you can dou­ble the frost­ing recipe and make an extra thick layer, if desired. Scrape the frost­ing into the cen­ter of the cake and, using a metal spat­ula, spread to the cor­ners in an even layer. Store in the refrig­er­a­tor and cut pieces right out of the pan. Makes 12 to 16 pieces


2366 Bald Hill Road
Auburn, CA 95603

Products: mandarins, pomegranates, Angus beef, pumpkins and gourds

Hours: Open by Appointment


3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, CA 95650

Hours: Mon-Sat 9–5, Sun 9–4
Tours: Yes, by appointment
Products: Full nursery featuring shrubs, Japanese Maple trees, succulents, gift shop, pottery and fountains and fresh flower arrangements


3800 Delmar Avenue
Loomis, CA 95650

Sales: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. M-F by appointment only
Tours: No
Products: California Native plants, drought tolerant plants, lawn substitutes, sustainable landscape plants.
About Us: We are a wholesale plant nursery located in Loomis. We’ve supplied nursery stock to retail nurseries, landscapers and municipalities since 1976. Our wholesale service area is northern California and northwestern Nevada.

Sales: Farm stand and farmers’ markets at Auburn Old Town (year-round) and Roseville The Fountains (seasonally)

Hours: Farm stand open June-October on Wednesday nights from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Products: Tomatoes (specialty heirloom, cherry tomato medley, red slicers), bagged greens (lettuce, arugula, mustard mix, baby kale), peppers, broccoli, cabbage, melons, cucumbers, basil, carrots, radishes, salad turnips, eggplant, microgreens, onions, summer squash, zucchini, winter squash and more.

About Us: Hillview Farms is a “neighborhood farm” providing the community with local, fresh food. Our goal is to bring people together through an appreciation for food and farming in fun and informative ways to support a healthy community. The farm uses sustainable practices to inspire the community to live a healthier lifestyle.

Hillview Farms accomplishes this goal by providing a farm stand to connect people to the land, and by selling produce at local farmers markets. We believe that healthy soil = healthy families = healthy communities.

Our produce is available at numerous farmers’ markets and restaurants within the Placer County area, as well as at our very own farm stand, which enables us to directly connect the community to the very land on which their produce is grown. We invite you to visit us year-round at the Saturday Old Town Auburn farmers’ market, and at our seasonal farm stand that starts in June. At Hillview Farms we are proud to be YOUR local neighborhood farm!


7440 King Road
Loomis, CA 95650

Sales: On-farm
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Fri. — Mon., April-May.
Products: Pumpkin patch in October, iris rhizomes.

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