Watermelon Cooler

8 cups watermelon cubes, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 1 1/2 cups ginger ale 1/2 cup limeade Place watermelon cubes in a single layer in an extra-large zip-top plastic freezer bag, and freeze 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature 15 … Continue reading

Open House

at the BriarPatch Co-op Cooking School, Sat., Aug. 2, 1-3pm. Meet and greet our fantastic cooking teachers and taste samples from this season’s classes!

Behold the “banana tree”

BriarPatch’s new “banana tree” — the first of its kind in Nevada County — seems to be a big hit, as an announcement of its arrival with a photo posted on the Co-op’s Facebook page garnered over 200 “Likes” and … Continue reading

The time is ripe to get cooking

Editor’s Note from Stephanie Mandel Co-op Cooking Class teachers — left to right: Mielle Rose, Hilary Dart, Doug Schma, Heather Luna Keasby, Lucinda deFranco, Trudy Collings, Pauli Halstead, Jeannie Wood, Kim Jones, Hassan Ebrahimi-Nuyken, Atma Campbell (standing), Julie DeHollander People … Continue reading

Summer fun at local farms and at the Patch

At the Patch Penney the Clown will share her fabulous face painting artistry with children throughout June and July on Monday afternoons from 2:15 to 5:15 p.m. Look for her on the patio, in the shade. SUMMER FUN AT LOCAL … Continue reading

What’s new at the Grange?

by Richie Marks and Patricia Smith, Banner Grange The Banner Grange has been very busy networking with community groups to promote our mutual goals of healthy food and lifestyles. As a result of our partnership with BriarPatch Co-op in screening … Continue reading

Parking improvements on the way

by Chris Maher, General Manager I am truly grateful that so many of you took the time to respond to our efforts to engage in a serious conversation regarding BriarPatch’s Next Steps. Hundreds of you answered our survey, sent emails, … Continue reading

The season starts with garlic from The Buckeye Ranch

The Buckeye Ranch has a long and storied history. It began in 1852, when Matthew Shapero’s ancestors moved to the township of Penn Valley. Their ranch was the nucleus of the family. Even when members moved to other areas, the … Continue reading

Tumbling Creek mushrooms, organic and biodynamic

by Mellisa Hannum We humans have always had a love affair with mushrooms. Even J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about our obsession with the tasty fungi – an appetite only surpassed by that of the hobbits. So it’s a special treat to … Continue reading