Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the farm-fresh produce stops.
By Thea Marie Rood
PlacerGrown Auburn Farmers’ Market, Nash Rood
It’s true many towns shut down their evening street fairs at summer’s end. But there are farmers’ markets still rolling on autumn mornings, not to mention year-round markets and farm boxes, to keep you eating fresh, seasonal and organic— even as the leaves turn crimson and the fireplace beckons. Think root vegetables, perfect for stews or with roasted or braised meats. And nothing finishes a fall dinner like an apple or pear crisp. Finally, don’t miss our region’s famous Mandarin Season, starting in November: Pack up a box of these juicy, easy-to-peel little oranges, along with some mini pumpkin muffins, and you will be the hit of your son’s soccer team.
El Dorado County Farmers’ Markets—the American Legion Hall parking lot, 2732 S. Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, Tuesdays 8 a.m.–1 p.m. (through Oct. 10); and Ivy House parking area, corner of Main Street and Cedar Ravine Road, Placerville, CA, Saturdays 8 a.m.–noon (through Nov. 12).
Nevada City Farmers’ Market—Robinson Plaza on Union Street in Downtown Nevada City, CA, first Saturday of each month 9 a.m.–noon (through Nov. 18).
Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market—the Nevada County Horsemen facility, 10600 Bubbling Well Road, Grass Valley, CA, Tuesdays 9–11 a.m. (through Nov. 21).
PlacerGROWN Farmers’ Market— Commons Beach, Commons Beach Road and N. Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA, Thursdays 8 a.m.–1 p.m. (through Oct. 12).
Sonora Farmers’ Market—Downtown Sonora, CA, Saturdays 7:30– 11:30 a.m. (through Oct. 14).
PlacerGROWN Auburn Farmers’ Market—Old Town Courthouse Parking Lot (Auburn-Folsom Road at Lincoln Way), Auburn, CA, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon.
Boa Vista Farm Market—2952 Carson Road, Placerville, CA, open daily 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Lake Tahoe Markets—place your order for produce on the website by Monday, farmers harvest on Tuesday, your market box will be ready Thursday for pick-up or delivery (Incline Village to the “Y” in South Lake Tahoe); laketahoemarkets.com.
Mountain Bounty Farm—offers pick-up points for fresh farm boxes throughout Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee, Tahoe (including Incline Village and King’s Beach), South Lake Tahoe and Reno; see mountainboun tyfarm.com for a specific list.
Apples, Avocados, Blackberries (through October), Dates, Figs (through October), Grapes, Kiwis, Kumquats, Limes, Mandarins (November) Nectarines (through October), Peaches (through October), Pears, Persimmons, Plums, Pomegranates, Quinces, Raspberries, Strawberries.
Artichokes, Asian Squash, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Corn (through October), Olives, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Rutabagas, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes (through October), Tomatillos, Zucchini (through October).