Moroccan Couscous

Serves 8 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 cups vegetable broth 2 carrots, peeled and julienned 2 turnips, peeled and julienned 1 sweet potato, julienned 1 zucchini, julienned 1 red bell pepper, julienned 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo … Continue reading

Apple Pie

Pastry dough for a 2-crust pie 1 cup light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 4 tablespoons flour 6 cups of peeled, cored and thinly sliced Granny Smith apples 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes Preheat … Continue reading

Tomato Soup with Lemon and Rosemary

Serves: 4 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 15 -ounce can cannellini (white) beans, drained and rinsed 1 28 -ounce can crushed tomatoes 3 cups broth 1 … Continue reading

Pumpkin Chili

Serves 8 to 10 3-pound pie pumpkin or other orange-fleshed squash such as butternut, Red Kuri, or Golden Hubbard 2 medium turnips 1 cup olive oil 1/2 cup finely ground cornmeal 2 red bell peppers, chopped 1 large onion, chopped … Continue reading

Holiday Hours

BriarPatch wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

Pear and Pomegranate Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

serves 6 8 cups baby spinach or romaine lettuce 1 ripe pear, diced 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds 1/3 cup candied walnuts 2 ounces Gorgonzola Fresh cracked pepper 1 tablespoon honey Champagne Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup champagne vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard … Continue reading

Stuffed Hatch Chiles

4 Hatch chiles 1 tbsp olive oil 1 lb ground pork (or cooked barley) 1/2 onion, diced 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped 2 tbsp salt 2 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp cumin 1 tsp oregano 1 clove garlic, smashed & … Continue reading

Sweet Roots Farm hosts free tour

Sweet Roots Farm TourA tour of Sweet Roots Farm in Grass Valley will be given on Sunday, September 14, at 9:00 a.m. This is the third year that BriarPatch and Nevada County Grown have co-sponsored a farm tour, free of charge, with coffee and baked goods from the BriarPatch kitchen.

Sweet Roots Farm is owned and run by Deena Miller and Robbie Martin. The farm is CCOF Certified Organic, and in addition to a thriving CSA, they provide food and flowers for special events, and participate in the Saturday morning farmers market at North Star House. Sweet Roots Farm will be bringing to BriarPatch a varied line of produce this year, which includes Japanese cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, fennel, red chard, dandelion greens, red bore kale, curly and Italian parsley, Crenshaw melons, cipollini onions, shallots, red potatoes, serrano peppers, green and gold zucchini, and sun gold cherry tomatoes. The farm’s Mission Statement reads as follows:

We pride ourselves on growing great soil and the quality, flavorful produce that follows. Through the use of integrated organic systems and the farm’s many microclimates, we produce food, flowers and nursery starts that are healthy and vibrant. We have a diversity of crops and markets that will build a healthy farm and business.  Farming brings us close to the land, which we will preserve and improve for the future. Our business management and sustainable agricultural practices will eventually support our family while providing equal access for a diversity of community members.”

More about Deena and Robbie’s farm can be found at