Make this holiday season even brighter by serving—and giving— locally grown fruit and vegetables.
By Thea Marie Rood
Photography by Charlene Lane
Winter has its flavors, of course: think citrus (to peel and eat or to dress up your favorite chicken recipe), root vegetables (for stews or cassoulets) and good-for-you greens (for salads or to add to pasta or soup). Here’s where you can find farm-fresh seasonal produce, even when the forecast says snow:
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.
Columbia Farmory—an indoor farmers’ market, 10800 Airport Road, Columbia, CA, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.–5 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 mountainbountyfarm.com for a specific list.
Outer Aisle Farm and CSA—produce bags are delivered to pick-up points every Thursday in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, and every other Thursday in Amador County; outeraislefoods.com.
Citrons, Grapefruits, Grapes (through December), Guavas, Kiwis, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Mandarins, Oranges, Pomegranates.
Artichokes (through December), Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Garlic, Kale, Lettuces, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Peppers, Rutabagas, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash.
Many local mandarin farms will ship ripe fruit anywhere in the country—which makes a unique, welcome and healthy holiday gift. See mountainmandarins.com for how and where to order, as well as information on:
• Orchard Days—you-pick fruit and kid-friendly activities, Dec. 2–3, 16–17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Growers’ lists and maps
• Dozens of mandarin recipes