By Erin Thiem, Outside Inn, Nevada City
Eat local, so many opportunities in Nevada City to get to know local farmers, fresh food and experience some local flavor.
Come to Nevada City, start your farm fresh weekend adventure with a trip to the Nevada City Farmer’s Market and if you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for head to the Nevada County Growers Market at the North Star House. Both farmers’ markets offer food, music and local items to buy, whether it’s wine, cheese or handmade bags or napkins.
Another great way to get a bite of local flavor is to visit a you pick farm, try Sun Smile Farms or Lazy Valley Ranch. Or check out some of the local farm stands, whether its Lost Hill Farm stand that run on the honor system Wednesdays and Sundays or Riverhill Farm’s stand open on Wednesdays from 1:30-6pm.
Or, check out the Outside Inn’s community goodwill Neighbors Vegetables. The stand is a free drop off and pick up point for locals who have too many fruits and vegetables and want to share with their neighbors. The stand attracts visitors both near and far, with many Outside Inn guests wondering how it’s free to anyone.
If you want to sample some of Nevada City’s finest foods, but perhaps would prefer someone else is doing the cooking, try the Living Lands Agrarian Network Dinner in the Field, next on is August 25.
Or perhaps you can check out a local cooking class at In the Kitchen, Wendy Van Wagner does private classes for parties ranging in sizes, so pick a menu and she’ll teach you how to create it using the best local and fresh ingredients.
Amanda Thibodeau’s Living Lands Agrarian Network Food Love Project offers educational, hands on field trips, set up an opportunity to play in the dirt and get to know what it’s like to be a farmer for an afternoon.
While a local CSA might not work if you’re in town for a weekend, it’s certainly a great way to support your local farmer while getting fresh vegetables week after week. If you’re in Nevada City check out our local Farm Guide for a list of all the local farms.
Not only does Nevada City offer great ways to get fresh fruit and veggies, you can also spend a weekend learning some gardening tips from our friends at Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. Affordable and informative classes happen every weekend, click here for a list of their upcoming classes.
Nevada City’s Treats ice cream promises to surprise you with how they’ve used some local flavors, stop in to their small ice cream shop and sample local basil ice cream.
Eating local is a great way to get to know a new town, whether it’s a fresh grown peach from the farmers market or a gourmet meal.
(Nevada County Growers Market at the North Star House in Grass Valley)
(In the Kitchen cooking school)
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