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Sales: On-farm, and at Blue Goose and Larry’s Produce.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day
Tours: Yes, in September
Products: Cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, pluots, Bartlett pears, Yallie pears, Asian Pears, apples, raspberries, blackberries, pies, sugar-free pies, cookies, turnovers, muffins, assorted fresh produce, jams & jellies, honey, syrups, dressings, pickled products, dried fruit, nuts, almonds, apple juice, apple sauce, caramel apples & more…

MAGNOLIA HILL ORCHARD

7370 Ridge Road
Newcastle, CA 95658
916-663-3739
Email: landblewis@sbcglobal.net

Sales: Open daily Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 15, 2019 from 9:00 – 5:00. We ship nationwide, UPS and Priority Flat Rate. Corporate & Gift Boxes on request. Shipping ends Dec. 14.
Products: Mandarins, persimmons, jams & jelly, BBQ sauces, honey, walnuts.

Make a Toast to Toys for Tots at Holidays in the Hills

20 Placer County Wineries offer free wine tasting with toy donation

 

AUBURN, CA December 1, 2015 – Placer County Vintners Association and Placer County Wine Trail members host the 6th annual Holidays in the Hills event to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. During the first weekend of December, twenty Placer County wineries will offer tastings of award-winning, PlacerGROWN wines to those who donate an unwrapped toy to be distributed via the foundation to a child in need.

“Our crop-to-tabletop lifestyle extends beyond providing farm-fresh ingredients to the family dinner table,” said PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold. “Our overall goal is to contribute to the success of a stronger and healthier community, and the holiday season is the perfect time for a heartwarming effort such as this.”

For the past six years, participating wineries have helped establish Holidays in the Hills as one of the most successful Toys for Tots events in Placer County. The respected community of local wine growers has demonstrated its generosity each year by offering free admission and wine tastings with the donation of a new, unwrapped child’s toy valued at ten dollars or more.

“Our generous community always shows its support by making Holidays in the Hills one of the highest donation events for Marine Toys for Tots Foundation every year,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “It’s inspiring to see the turnout and know that each person who participates also represents a child’s holiday wish coming true.”

This year’s event takes place on December 5 and 6, with participating wineries open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. Event attendees can meet with winemakers, vintners and other wine enthusiasts to taste artisan varietals and support less fortunate children in the area. Guests will be able to savor hors d’oeuvres, live music and winery tours while also enjoying unique activities at each of the participating venues.

For a complete list of participating wineries, venue details and directions, please visit PlacerWine.com. To reserve a PlacerGROWN media pass for complimentary entrance to the event, please contact Brenda Forman at brenda@merlotmarketing.com.

Make plans to attend celebrate PlacerGrown Week—OCT. 11-18

Family-Friendly Events Offer Farm-to-Fork Fun and Award-winning Wines

 

AUBURN, Calif., Sept. 3, 2014—The third annual Celebrate PlacerGROWN Week, October 11th through the 18th, will showcase the more than 100 family
farms, 20 Placer County Wine Trail wineries and 9 farmers’ markets in the Placer County region. Families should mark their calendars for family-

“This is the best opportunity throughout the year to experience the Placer County region’s abundance of farm-fresh food and wine,” notes PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold. “It’s a great way to meet local farmers and ranchers, and experience unique Placer County activities firsthand.”

“The Placer County Board of Supervisors proclaimed Celebrate PlacerGROWN Week in 2012 and the commemorative week has since grown in scope and popularity,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “We look forward to welcoming back families and friends to join in the celebration.”

PlacerGROWN Farm & Barn Tour: Sunday, Oct. 12th from 1 p.m.– 5 p.m.
Take part in a free, self-guided tour that includes farms, ranches and vineyards, all spanning the beautiful Placer County countryside. Visit placergrown.org for details.

PlacerGROWN Harvest Festival: Saturday, Oct. 18th from 11 a.m.– 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 19th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin.
This family-friendly fest includes a pumpkin patch, scarecrow-building contest, farmers’ market, free family movie at dusk and more. Visit placerharvestfestival.com for
details.

Placer County Farm Bureau Hoe Down: Saturday, Oct. 18th with dinner held at 6:30 p.m.
The 25th annual event includes dinner and a live auction benefitting agricultural students. Call 916-663-2929 for tickets and more information.

Makes 1 tart

Ingredients:
-2 large eggs, lightly beaten
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 Tbsp. heavy cream
-¾ cup buttermilk
-4 Tbsp. melted butter
-1 ½ Tbsp. fresh mandarin juice
-1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
-zest of 1 mandarin
-3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
-1 prebaked sweet tart crust (recipe below)
-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 mandarin and 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.

Flakey Tart Dough
Makes 2 tart crusts

Ingredients:
-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon sugar
-1 teaspoon salt
-12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
-5 tablespoons cold lard or shortening, cut into pieces
-Ice water

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and shortening, and pulse until the mixture forms little balls, and no chunks of butter or shortening remain, 5 to 10 times. Do not over process.
Transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the ice water. Repeat 3 times more. Using your hands or a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until it just begins to come together as a dough. If necessary, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Divide the dough into 2 disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400.
Once dough is chilled, roll each ball out into an even circle. Carefully lay into tart pan and prick all over with a fork. Quickly chill for another minute in the freezer.
Blind bake the tart shells by cutting a piece of foil to cover and filling the tart crust with dry beans or pie weights. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 15-20 minutes. Cool completely before adding any filling.

MANDARIN HILL ORCHARDS

2334 Mandarin Hill Lane
Penryn, CA 95663
916-663-3852
Email: citrus@MandarinHillOrchards.com
www.mandarinhillorchards.com

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.

Mandarin season is a sweet delight in Placer County

 

AUBURN, Calif., December 3, 2014—Mandarin season is one of the tastiest parts of winter in Northern California, and this year’s crop is no exception. The first and third weekends of December, the Mountain Mandarin Growers’ Association (MMGA) invites visitors to its ranches for Orchard Days, a free two-weekend event celebrating mandarins with freshly-picked fruit, mandarin products, wine tasting, crafters and family fun.

Mandarin growers are partnering with local vendors and artists for the annual event. Attendees will enjoy mandarin product sampling and spectacular views of gardens, ponds, orchards and the countryside. Various holiday gifts, plus bags and boxes of tree-ripened, hand-picked mandarins will be available for purchase, as well as mandarin-infused products like olive oils, marinades, honey and more. Visitors with a sweet tooth will enjoy fudge, cookies and cakes.

The fruit produced by MMGA members is picked only when fully ripe to ensure sweetness and freshness. Cultivating mandarin trees has been a tradition in the Placer County region since the 1880s, and has been carried on by families in the area, who have provided tree-ripened, hand- picked mandarins to Placer County and beyond.

Serves 2 – recipe by Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
-3/4 cup Massa Organics short grain brown rice
-2 bone-in pork loin chops (you could also use 1 small whole pork tenderloin)
-1 Tbsp. olive oil
-1/4 cup Snow’s Citrus Court Mandarin Orange Marinade and Stir-Fry Sauce
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-2 pieces bok choy, washed and thinly sliced crosswise
-1 piece green garlic, trimmed and thinly sliced
-salt or soy sauce, to taste

In a small pot with a lid, cook the brown rice according to package instructions. Once fully cooked, transfer the rice to a rimmed baking sheet and spread out to cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate to chill (you could do this a day in advance).

Preheat grill. Brush the pork chops with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and grill to desired doneness. While grilling, baste with 2 Tbsp. of the mandarin stir-fry sauce to form a glaze. Set aside to rest.
While pork chops are resting, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a wok or skillet. Add the green garlic and saute quickly over medium-high heat until fragrant – about 1 minute. Add the sliced bok choy and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add the cooled brown rice and the remaining 2 Tbsp. stir fry sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, until heated through. Taste for seasoning and add salt or soy sauce to taste, if necessary. If the pork chops have cooled off, put them back on the grill for a few seconds to reheat. Spoon the rice mixture onto 2 serving plates and top with the grilled pork chop. Serve immediately!

Healthier Variation: You can simply steam the brown rice and bok choy and omit the stir-fry technique. Squeeze a fresh orange or lemon over the rice to serve and top with the grilled pork chop.

Serves 6 – recipe by Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
-6 mandarins, and cut crosswise into ¼ inch medallions
-4 radishes, washed and thinly sliced
-2 cups winter greens such as arugula, mizuna or spinach,
washed and torn into bite-size pieces
-2 crisp apples
-juice and zest of 2 meyer lemons
-1/4-1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
-1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
-salt and pepper, to taste

Place the mandarin slices, sliced radish and greens into a large mixing bowl. Dice the apples into large chunks and add to the 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. Transfer salad to a serving bowl, top with the chopped walnuts and serve immediately!

MAPLE ROCK GARDENS

100 Clark Tunnel Road
Newcastle, CA 95658
916-652-2065
www.maplerockgardens.com

Sales: At High Hand Conservatory and Nursery
Hours:
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.

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