The Native American edible chestnut, Castanae dentate, was all but wiped out in the early part of the last century by a blight, which, sadly, decimated almost all the chestnut orchards in the United States and Canada. Today, there is a cluster of growers in Northern California dedicated to bringing them back, and if I […]

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(continued from part II) Lewis’ grandmother still runs her mandarin business, and her uncle — Duane’s brother — runs his too. While they own their separate establishments, Duane Lewis says they often collaborate on ideas and best practices for improving their businesses. “It’s a family thing. My dad was raised on an almond orchard, so […]

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(continued from part I) During peak season, these semi-retirees work seven days a week and ten or more hours a day — and no two days are alike. But one thing is for sure: weather plays a heavy factor on the daily tasks. According to Lewis, mandarin farmers “like it when it’s clear and cold, because […]

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When the November sun rises above Rattlesnake Bar in Newcastle, CA, its glorious rays reach out to kiss the abundance of “mountain candy” growing throughout the foothills. That sweet deliciousness is the Satsuma mandarin at its prime, and growing it in their prime are the owners of both Newcastle Mandarin Ranch and North Fork Mandarins. […]

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Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley, Ca. is the place to be this Saturday, November 14, as Steve Rosenthal and his culinary team will host an open house, complete with Artisan Purveyors sampling their products, for culinary enthusiasts to enjoy. The culinary extravaganza runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is special. It […]

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