AUBURN, Calif., April 30, 2014—The countdown is on, and the Placer County Foothill Farmers’ Markets will start sprouting onMay 22nd. In addition to two year-round markets in Old Town Auburn and at the Fountains in Roseville, nine certified seasonal farmers’ marketswill open, offeringa wide variety of local, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, honey, eggs, locally roasted coffee, herbs and more.
“The demand for local, farm-fresh goods is higher than ever,” says Foothill Farmers’ Market Association and PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold. “Whether you live in the area or are simply headed up to Tahoe for the weekend, a trip to one of our Foothill Farmers’ Markets is the ideal venue for delicious produce, eggs and meats.”
The Placer County seasonal Farmers’ Markets play a vital role in the region’s food scene with one open nearly every day of the week. Stay updated with the Foothill
Farmers’ Market 2014 schedule below:
Auburn: Old Town Courthouse Parking Lot
Auburn-Folsom Road at Lincoln Way
OPEN YEAR ROUND, 8:00 a.m. -Noon
Rocklin: Blue Oaks
RC Willey at Blue Oaks Center
6636 Lonetree Blvd.
June 7th-Nov. 22nd, 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Granite Bay: Quarry Ponds Town Center
5550 Douglas Blvd.
June 1st-Sept. 28th, 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Roseville: Whole Foods Market at the Fountains
Galleria Boulevard andEast Roseville Parkway
OPEN YEAR ROUND, 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Truckee: Truckee River Regional Park
10500 Brockway Rd.off Highway 267
June 10th-Oct. 14th, 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Auburn: DeWitt Center
Bell Road and First Street
June 4th-Oct. 29th, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Foresthill: Main Street
June 4th-Aug. 13th, 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Rocklin: Finnish Hall
Rocklin Road at South Grove Street
May 22nd–Sept. 25th, 8:00a.m. –Noon
Tahoe City: Commons Beach
Commons Beach Road and North Lake Boulevard
May 22nd-June 19th; Aug. 28th-Sept. 25th, 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Tahoe City: Tahoe Lake Elementary School
375 Grove St.
June 26th–Aug. 21st,8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Truckee: Donner Pass Near the Train Station
Dates and times to be announced.
AUBURN, CA. November 17, 2015 – One of Northern California’s most highly anticipated harvests begins this month, as Placer County Owari Satsuma mandarins hit local markets and take center stage in a series of weekend events. The season kicks off with the 22nd Annual Mountain Mandarin Festival in November and continues in December during Orchard Days, a two-weekend event during which families can tour the Placer County mandarin trail, participate in a series of activities and enjoy freshly picked fruit.
“Mandarin season is a true hallmark of winter in Northern California, and the Placer County region has been a leader in cultivating mandarin trees for more than 125 years,” said PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold. “More than 40 mandarin growers are nestled among the Placer County foothills, and these events provide them with an opportunity to share the sweet fruits of their labors with visitors from all over the state.”
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Taste the first fruits of the season at the Mountain Mandarin Festival on November 20-22. The festival, which takes place at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, will feature thousands of pounds of produce from many of the area’s prominent mandarin growers. Distinctive items from more than 200 vendors include mandarin pizza, mandarin pulled pork, mandarin milkshakes, and mandarin scented lotions, soaps and candles.
“Every year, the Mandarin Festival serves as a rich and meaningful celebration of one of the region’s most recognized crops,” noted festival organizer Chef Gary Gilligan. “With contests, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy, and proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Newcastle Area Business Association.”
Following Thanksgiving weekend, the season’s kick-off continues with Orchard Days, a Mountain Mandarin
Growers’ Association (MMGA) event that takes place on December 5, 6, 19 and 20. Visitors can tour participating Placer County orchards and sample freshly harvested mandarins while enjoying unique mandarin-
infused products such as olive oils, marinades, and honey, along with samples of Placer County wines and a variety of family-fun activities.
“Placer County Owari Satsuma mandarins have more flavor than fruit grown on the valley floor, and this year’s extended warm weather has given us a harvest earlier in the season than usual,” explained Tom Aguilar, owner of Mandarin Hill Orchards, which is one of the oldest groves in Placer County. “We will have plenty of them for the Mandarin Festival, Orchard Days and the holidays.”
Many MMGA member orchards continue to welcome visitors daily throughout mandarin season, which typically runs through February. In addition to in-person visits, growers package and send their produce across the nation and around the world. Several families commission Placer County growers to ship mandarins to United States armed forces servicemen and women in Afghanistan each year.
To sample the best of what the season has to offer, visit your local farms and markets, such as Newcastle Produce and Blue Goose, or stop by one of the year-round PlacerGROWN farmers’ markets. For more information about PlacerGROWN or PlacerGROWN farmers’ markets, visit www.placergrown.org/.
It’s that time of year. Summertime. The weather is hot, the kids are out of school and the Placer County Farmers’ Markets are open! While Auburn and Roseville boast year-round markets near the courthouse in Auburn and at the Fountains in Roseville, several additional venues have opened for the season as well.
“This is a perfect time for Placer County residents to take advantage of all the fruits and vegetables the PlacerGROWN farmers have to offer, said Dave Chappell, PlacerGROWN president. “The products at our markets have such a high level of freshness you just can’t get anywhere else.”
For Auburn residents, the DeWitt Center at Bell Road and First Street is now open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until Oct. 31. This seasonal location is in addition to the year-round market held in the parking lot at the Old Town Courthouse from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday.
Brian Selby of Ann’s Orchard in Lincoln is one farmer who said he plans to be a regular at the DeWitt market. Recently, Selby’s eight-ball zucchini and purple carrots were top sellers.
“This zucchini has a better texture than regular zucchini,” Selby said. “It’s a bit unusual but I like to try to grow the out of the ordinary. And this is the second year for my purple carrots. I think they are sweeter than the orange ones, they keep their color and are great in salads.”
In addition to Ann’s Orchard, the DeWitt market features Auburn’s The Baker and the Cakemaker with its artesian breads and pastries, Ortega Family Farms in Loomis with baskets of berries and Renee Charleston of Colfax with a variety of lavender products for the home.
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County agricultural commissioner, said this is just the beginning of the summer harvest for Placer County farmers.
“With the opening of so many markets throughout the county, there is bound to be a location convenient for all Placer County residents,” Huntsinger said.
Carol Arnold, executive director of the Foothill Farmers’ Market Association said this season of market openings has gone smoothly and the farmers are looking forward to a busy summer season.
“Nationally attendance at farmers’ markets is up 17 percent,” she said. “On a local level we are definitely seeing more interest as well. More people are getting the message about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables as a way to stay healthy.”