From prolific one-acre vegetable gardens to expansive multi-generational farms and ranches, Nevada County is ripe with tasty culinary fodder. Nevada County is keeping step – and then some – with the national trend toward locally sourced, organic produce, which goes far beyond the county’s signature apples. Here in Nevada County local growers cultivate heirloom vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, seedlings, beans, flowers, honey, nuts, eggs, free-range chicken and grass-fed lamb.

Foodie visitors can transform a simple quest for fresh produce into a lively and educational field trip to Nevada County where fruit stands, farmer’s markets and you-pick opportunities abound.

Many farms operate on-site stands, sell through local markets, and play an integral role in many chefs’ creations. Most all can be found at farmer’s markets that run May through October in Penn Valley, Nevada City, and Truckee Regional Park. And don’t miss a visit to Grass Valley’s Thursday evening Mill Street Market and Saturday morning market at the historic Northstar House.

Those hungry for a more hands-on experience can pick their own cherries, peaches, berries, and lavender. Aspiring green thumbs can take a course in beekeeping or how to design an herb garden. The season kicks off in May and peaks in the fall with apples and pumpkins and a month-long harvest festival at Bierwagen’s Donner Trail Fruit where families and schools come to collect their future jack-o-lanterns. Winter completes the cycle with Christmas tree farms opening their gates for the holidays.

Moonstone Organic Farm

Registered organic peaches, various melons and vegetables. Available…

Mountain Bounty Farm

Mountain Bounty Farm is a 10-acre family farm located high on…

Naked Farms

Blueberries and nursery starts year-round. Call for availability.…

Nevada County Free Range Beef

Pasture raised grass-fed, grass-finished beef raised on naturally…

Nevada County Grown

Find locally produced food and products, Community Support Agriculture…

Nightingale Farms

Oberhasli dairy goats for show and family-milkers. Eggs from…

Riverhill Farm

Riverhill Farm began in 2001 as a community-based organic fruit…

Ronsse Farms

Organic grower in Nevada County since 1976, certified by CCOF…

Soil Sisters Farm

A flower and vegetable farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Founded…

Misty Meadows Ln,
Nevada City, California 95959

South Star Farm

Eggs from pasture raised poultry. Email: Availability Direct…

Starbright Acres Family Farm

Sustainable local, family farm on 3.2 acres. We have chickens,…

Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

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The Sustainable Food & Farm Conference, hosted by nonprofit…

Grass Valley, CA  Various locations

Sweet Roots Farm

Sweet Roots Farm is nestled along Wolf Creek. We use sustainable…

The Buckeye Ranch

The Buckeye Ranch seeks to farm and ranch holistically: to provide…

The James Ranch

Pasture-raised lamb. Herd roams on rolling hills abundant with…

Three 18 Ranch

We produce 100 percent grass-fed lamb and offer targeted grazing…

Tumbling Creek Farm

At Tumbling Creek Farm we practice natural, sustainable farming…