"Meet Your Local Farmers"
Town Hall Coming Up March 12
North Yuba Grown, a non-profit organization to promote local agriculture, is inviting everyone in the community to share an evening with local farmers and food advocates at 6:00pm, March 12 at the Alcouffe Center in Oregon House.
The evening will kick off with a keynote address by Joanne Neft, a renowned local food advocate from Placer County, founder of "Placer Grown" and author of two cookbooks based on local, seasonal ingredients. Neft also started the Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn, a very successful agritourism event.
The March 12th Town Hall will also provide information on how to get involved with the local food economy. Following the keynote address, attendees will have the opportunity to join a discussion of their choosing. Topics that will be explored in the discussion groups will include how to access local food at our farmers markets and other food events; information for starting up your own farm business; local water issues, and how a local school is partnering with farmers to bring local, seasonal foods to the school menu.
Many foothills residents participated in a series of Town Halls on local agriculture hosted by North Yuba Grown in the spring of 2012. Much has happened since then, so the March 12 meeting will be a chance to get updated. The goals of this all-volunteer organization are to establish the North Yuba region as a premium food and wine destination, and to stimulate the local economy by matching up local food producers with local food consumers - keeping grocery dollars in the community.
If you care about eating fresh, locally-grown food, and would like to share your questions and ideas about how to strengthen our local agricultural base, please plan to attend this important meeting.
When: Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 pm
Where: Alcouffe Community Center, 9185 Marysville Rd., Oregon House, CA 95962
NYG has received a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Specially Crop Block Grant program to develop a Farm Trail Map for the area.
These photos are from a tour hosted by North Yuba Grown for our project consultants, Debra Lucero of Debra Lucero and Associates, Vivien Straus, creator of the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail Map, and Byrnda Stranix, Director of the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation.
Oktoberfest was the theme for the outrageous Farm to Fork dinner hosted by North Yuba Grown at Township Valley Farm in Browns Valley on Saturday October 5th, 2013.
The five course meal, here's the menu, was prepared by farmer Kim Pedley, owner of Township Valley Farm, and an outstanding local chef Brigid Moran.
Not to forget, how could such an event not be complete with out beer from Bald Mountain Brewery served by brewmaster Ben Pedley.
This article about North Yuba Grown was in the Saturday, July 27th, 2013 issue of the Appeal-Democrat.
Renaissance Vineyards garden organic peaches, pies, turnovers and jams were popular at the 2013 Peach Festival in Marysville California.
Mike the Wine Guy and other revelers at Wine Food Art, up at the Brownsville Chestnut Grove. Where to go on a Saturday afternoon? The Chestnut Grove in Brownsville. Cool, shady, easy and fun. Every Saturday 12-3 through September 21 2013, 8979 La Porte Rd, Brownsville CA
Kim Hawthorne, one of the general managers at the Brownsville Farmers Market. The market provides the very best selection and quality of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is held every Saturday from 9 to 12, and runs through September 21st.
On June 12th 2013, about 25 people gathered for the first North Yuba Grown "Producer Summit" meeting at the Alcouffe Community Center. A variety of local food was and wine was available for the attendees to enjoy.
Freja Nelson, the Chair of North Yuba Grown provided a list of sales and marketing opportunies that North Yuba Grown members enjoy. Such opportunies as:
Freja also wants to form a North Yuba Grown producer committee. This committee would specifically articulate the needs and desires of the local producers to help the Board set policies which would benefit the producer members.
North Yuba Grown very own Steven Dambeck was a keynote speaker at this event.
North Yuba Grown has filed as a California non profit mutual benefit corporation. Our bylaws and meeting minutes can be found here.
On December 5th 2012, North Yuba Grown hosted a visit by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. This state agency was set up in 2004 with the mandate to promote the environmental, economic and social-well being of the Sierra Nevada and its communities.
They are funded by Proposition 84 and have distributed nearly 40 million dollars to 175 projects throughout the Sierra Nevada.
In conjunction with National Geographic, they have created the Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide. You can see the entry for the North Yuba Harvest Festival
Starting in Oroville in south Butte county, and meandering through Bangor then Oregon House and Dobbins in Yuba County, the North Sierra Wine Trail offers outstanding wines for the most discriminating palate. As you visit each individual winery you notice that each offers its own unique character.
This wine trail is just getting started, expect a number of scheduled trail events throughout the year.
Hello all, look at the size of these 100-year-old chestnut trees!
Come and enjoy the grandeur of these trees as part of a unique "Roasting and Tasting" event on Saturday. October 20 from 4 to 6 pm. Location is Fletcher's Chestnut Orchard, 8979 La Porte Road, right opposite the historic Brownsville Cemetery. Randy and Kathy Fletcher are hosting this fundraiser to benefit "North Yuba Grown" producers and to showcase North Yuba Wines. Suggested donation is $10 which includes tasting of local wines, chestnuts just toasty roasted on the spot and hors d'oeuvres. This photo is from a June 2012 North Yuba Grown dinner in the orchard. See you there!
A benefit for North Yuba Grown
Suggested Donation $10 per person
Please RSVP: 743-7979 or [email protected]
on the Sierra Oro Farm Trail, Saturday October 6th
Hundreds of visitors converged on the tiny Yuba Foothills community of Oregon House to attend the 7th Annual North Yuba Harvest Festival the last weekend of September. They drove in from all directions: from Sacramento, Roseville, Yuba City and Marysville; from Davis and the Bay Area; from Chico, Oroville and parts north, from Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Lake Wildwood, and even from out of State. Not to mention hundreds of local residents who came out to support this great community event.
They all came to have fun and to sample award-winning local wines and some of the highest quality olive oils in the entire country, all produced in the North Yuba foothills area. Other attractions were fabulous food vendors, artisan crafts and local artwork, children's activities, live music by Steve Williams, and an abundance of local fresh produce and grass-fed beef more than 60 booths altogether. The event was held in a shaded oak grove above the Alcouffe Community Center which hosts the festival as an annual fundraiser.
Not only was the 2012 Festival the biggest ever, it also presented the first "North Yuba Harvest Festival Wine Competition." Held Sunday afternoon, the wine judging drew on the expertise of Supervisor John Nicoletti, Mike Wreyford (better known on KMYC radio as "Mike the Wine Guy") and former chair of the Dobbins Oregon House Improvement Foundation, Doug Binderup. These worthy judges chose three wines for recognition: the 2008 Paulina by Lucero Vineyards, the 2011 Summer's Last Kiss by Cante Ao Vinho, and Renaissance Winery's 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon.
"There's no turning back now!" concluded Supervisor Nicoletti. "This festival featured the very best of Yuba County, and adds value to the county as a whole. We are now able to hang a blue ribbon on the Foothills mantel and boast about the wonderful agricultural products of the North Yuba region."
This year's festival was supported by Gold Country Bank, as well as by North Yuba producers Apollo Olive Oil, Lucero Vineyards, Renaissance Winery, and High Sierra Beef. Operations Manager for Gold County Bank, Debbie Scarberry said they chose to support the festival because it is such an important event for the entire community.
Mike the Wine Guy (Wreyford) says he is constantly promoting the North Yuba area on his radio show. "An event like the North Yuba Harvest Festival gives us an opportunity to meet some truly amazing local business owners who have turned their passion and talent into a full blown, internationally acclaimed 'cottage industry' up in our nearby foothills, " says Wreyford. "So, the next time out-of-area friends ask you what there is to do locally, let them know about the amazing North Yuba area, where some of the very best wines, olive oils, organic produce, and all sorts of food, art & music are only a short, enjoyable ride away."
Yuba County's premier food & wine celebration, The North Yuba Harvest Festival 2012, will combine tasting of gold-medal local wines and olive oils, with food vendors, live entertainment and several dozen booths of arts, crafts, fresh produce, antiques, clothing, children's activities and much more. This year it will be a full TWO DAYS of festival fun, from 10 am to 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Free entry, with $5 suggested parking donation and $10 tasting glass. Information at 530-692-2476 or visit Alcouffe Coummunity Center
Locally grown fresh produce is now at its summer abundance, so don't miss shopping at our local Farmers Markets and then enjoying a gourmet lunch at the Alcouffe Community Center based on "5-mile" sourced food at its prime ripeness and flavor. Serving lunch on Saturday, 12 to 3 pm, 9185 Marysville Rd, Oregon House.
Check out articles on our local farmers markets in the August edition of the Camptonville Courier
Grange Farmers Market, Dobbins. Saturday 10 am to 2pm. Call Cindy at 692-9404.
Brownsville Farmers Market Saturday 9am to noon. Call Gary at 692-9006.
Camptonville/Rebel Ridge Organics. Saturday 10am to noon. Call Jimbo at 288-1001
Oregon House Farm Store, 14582 Indiana School Rd., Oregon House. Call Jenny at 692-2564 Open Sat. & Sun. 10am to 3pm.
By The Way Farm Stand, 12680 Rice's Crossing Rd., Oregon House. Call Rebecca at 692-2547 Open Thursdays 4:30 to 6:30pm.
Wednesday Night Market, Rebel Ridge Organics, 16042 Creekside Trail, Camptonville, 5 to 7pm. Call Jessi at 288-3222.
Bishop's Pumpkin Farm blog, the Pumpkin Vine has an great article on North Yuba Grown by Wayne Bishop.
North Yuba Grown
We are a community-based organization of food producers and consumers working together to promote and support local agriculture resulting in: