BriarPatch defines local food as anything produced within a 20 mile radius and regional as within a 120 mile radius. In the store, shoppers can find over 700 products from 100 local and regional farmers and ranchers. During Discover Local as well as throughout the year, BriarPatch helps shoppers identify local food with signs that highlight local and regional products.
In order to showcase local and regional food, a tasting party featuring local produce, bread, wines, and more will be offered on August 25. A $5 entry fee gives access to wineries including Smith, Coufos, and regional options including Chacewater and HoneyRun meads. Foods include Redwood Hill chevre with Blue Diamond crackers, Sierra Nevada Graziers cheese with bread from The Baker and the Cake Maker, BriarPatch deli dishes featuring tomatoes from Greg’s Organics, bulb fennel from Sweet Roots Farm, and melons from Filaki and Mooney Flat Farms.
Learn how produce and animals in Nevada County flourish during a trip to First Rain Farm on Sunday, August 11. Tim Van Wagner will show attendees around his 37-acre, certified organic Nevada City farm.
Finally, on Friday, August 23, watch a couple set out to eat the way their grandparents did – seasonally and locally – in the film, “Eating Alabama.” While the film is set in the South, it’s all about the local food movement. The pair soon realized that everything about the food system has changed since their families left the farm. What follows is an introspective and often funny meditation on community and sustainability that can be as easily applied to Nevada County as it can to their Alabama home.
With BriarPatch leading the way, it should be simple to Discover Local this August.