The Vine Newsletter

August/September 2014 Features
August September 2014 Cover - Jeremy MineauDiscover Local

The Next Generation — Jeremy Mineau established Super Tuber Farm in 2012, growing potatoes, cabbage, carrots, corn, and salad greens on land he leases in Penn Valley and Nevada City.

August – September – October chart showing local and regional produce outlook … Click here

Veggie Starts - no captionPlant your winter vegetables – use locally grown starts
While the idea of planting fall veggies while your tomatoes are still growing may feel a bit odd, now is the time to prepare for those yummy fall and winter veggies. Read more

Organic: sustainable, transparent, and no GMOs
When it comes to food labels, the USDA Certified Organic seal is the gold standard, and it designates much more than just “pesticide-free food.” Read more 

usda logoStudies show organic foods’ nutritional benefits, plus less exposure to pesticides, hormones, antibiotics Organic farming practices are not only beneficial for the environment, but protect our own health as well as the health of future generations. Read more

Erika_Kosina_nocaptionEveryone’s invited to Sierra Harvest farm potlucks
Something special happens when people come together over a meal, especially when everyone contributes something, potluck style. Read more

Cooking class cooksThink you can cook?
Do you have a cooking specialty that you’d like to share with a small, friendly group? We’re always looking for interesting new cooking classes and teachers, and would love to consider your class idea. Read more

Cooking ClassesCooking Classes!
Read the class descriptions and see the schedule for upcoming classes

Deli and Produce departments honored as “Top Performers”
See the pictures 

New co-ops prosper
Food co-ops across the country are growing by leaps and bounds. Read more

CCMABoard and staff inspired at Madison co-op gathering: workshops, tours, bicycling, and Wisconsin cheese
A record high of 580 cooperators from over 150 U.S. co-ops attended the 58th annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin in June. Read more

Next Steps logoAnswers to frequently asked questions and concerns about BriarPatch’s Next Steps
We reported some of the survey results in the June/July issue of The Vine and have posted the full results — all 68 pages of them — as well as a compilation of 100 comments online at This article addresses the major points that people raised in the survey and elsewhere, and explains what we’re doing to address them. Read more

Community events feature wine, food, and philosophy
Find out more about Treks for the Mind, Nevada City Uncorked, and Sample the Sierra Farm to Fork Festival

Sweet Roots Farm TourSweet Roots Farm hosts free tour
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. Read more