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Fall in Love With NevadaGrown October

By at October 3, 2014 | 2:48 pm | 0 Comment

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Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

What would October be without fresh pumpkins for cooking, decorating, and holiday festivities? Nevada has hit the jackpot of pumpkin patches with Corley Ranch in Gardnerville. Open every October, Corley Ranch grows thousands of pumpkins to pick from. This isn’t the only family fun the ranch has to offer. With pig races, jumpy houses, hay wagon rides and much more, the autumn excitement never ends. Open everyday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., located off of highway 395 South in Gardnerville.

Test Your Skills in the Corn Maze

Take your chance in the corn maze! Adelin Family Farm located in Spanish Springs offers a variety of mind racking mazes for every level of expertise. From traditional corn mazes to spooky haunted experiences, there is something for everyone! Go maze crazy during the Adelin Fall Harvest Festival, the family’s premier event of the year. If you’re seeking thrills on any other day, the corn maze is open 3 -10p.m. Tuesday through Thursday all October.

Get Scary with DIY Scarecrows!

Normally considered something to scare away pesky birds, scarecrows are becoming a must-have for Halloween decorating. What better way to ensure just the right amount of scary, then to make one yourself! Join the Lattin Farms Scarecrow Factory three Saturdays in October for a DIY scarecrow experience. From 10 a.m. -3 p.m. For only $5 you are not only getting crafty, but your donation helps raise money for the nonprofit organizations that coordinate the Scarecrow Factory. Lattin Farms is located on 1955 McLean Road, Fallon, NV. Be sure to get there early because it is first-come first-serve!

Specialty Apple Cider

Homemade recipes are not only comforting, but offer quality you can taste! The Gilcrease Orchard in Las Vegas has homemade apple cider that’s to die for. The naturally robust, sweet flavor of the cider comes from their personal apple variety grown on sixty acres of agricultural land. This family orchard is prideful of the fact that their apple cider is 100% pure apple juice with no added sugar, corn syrup or preservatives. Sign up for a Field Trip to witness the process of this magical cider creation. Don’t miss out this October on wholesome family fun at the Gilcrease Orchard!

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

By at September 23, 2014 | 2:12 pm | 0 Comment

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Here at NevadaGrown, we not only love local farmers and ranchers, but also the chefs that cook using local produce! Northern Nevada restaurants like 4th Street Bistro, J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room and Yosh’s Unique Deli & Catering have great relationships with local growers. Check out Campo’s infographic about why you should get to know your farmer!

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Introduce yourself and get to know some local farmers this Thursday as Nevada’s harvest season is ripe for the picking! Great Basin Brewing Co. hosts the final Local Nevada Farmers Market, 846 Victorian Avenue in Sparks, September 25 from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Come down for an evening featuring Nevada farmers, free live music, handcrafted local brews and signature dishes using local produce. There’s not much we love more than local beer and Nevada farmers. See you there!

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It’s Photo Contest Time with #NevadaGrown

By at August 1, 2014 | 1:09 pm | 0 Comment

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As you probably already know, we love our social media here at NevadaGrown. Part of the reason we love it is because of the beautiful photos we see of you enjoying all that Nevada’s farms have to offer. From recipes to growing tips, farmers market information and fun foodie facts, we love to see how you take advantage of our local agricultural abundance.

With that in mind, we want to say thank you, so from now through Sept. 15, we’re hosting a photo contest and giving away a slew of great prizes. All you have to do is post a picture of your favorite Nevada farm or farmer, your weekly CSA delivery, favorite farmer’s market, NevadaGrown produce or meat at the grocery store…you get the point. If it’s NevadaGrown, we want to see it!

You can post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – just make sure you tag each photo with #NevadaGrown so we can see it and you’ll be entered to win.

We’ll give away a new prize each week. Prizes include Corn Maze passes to enjoy this fall at Andelin Family Farm in Sparks and Lattin Farms in Fallon, gift certificates to local-food-loving restaurants Campo and Heritage, and the grand prize, two tickets to Tractors & Truffles Sept. 13.

Tractors & Truffles is a day-long event that includes farm tours, a hosted lunch, cocktail hour and multi-course dinner prepared on-site by celebrity chefs in Fallon’s beautiful Oats Park. Using northern Nevada’s freshest harvest from local farms and ranches, Chef Ryan Scott is back for an encore performance along with Slanted Porch owner Steve Hernandez, and Mark Davis, Chef Director of the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco.  After dinner, enjoy a concert from Venice, Calif.-based roots band Dustbowl Revival.

So start posting your #NevadaGrown pics for a chance to get in on one of these great prizes. We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!

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Last Chance to Get Your Recipes In to Win

By at June 9, 2014 | 8:16 am | 0 Comment

There’s just one month left for chefs extraordinaire to submit your favorite recipes with locally-sourced ingredients to the NevadaGrown – Home Means Delicious recipe contest. Take advantage of a chance to win a freezer stocked full of Nevada meat and/or produce and celebrate the abundance of seasonal ingredients grown right in our own backyard.

We’ve hosted the recipe contest since July 2013, and submissions came to us via Facebook, email, photos of old recipe cards, and good old fashioned mail. Each month, the Reno Gazette Journal published one special recipe in the Food & Drink section and earmarked it for inclusion in our first-ever NevadaGrown cookbook.

In addition, we’ve saved each and every recipe and will choose one at random as the lucky winner of a 7-cubic-foot chest freezer filled with $300 worth of NevadaGrown meat and/or produce.

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The contest continues through the end of June, and for the last month, recipes can feature any Nevada-grown ingredient. The entries should be your original or family recipes, not ones from other sources. From salads to main dishes and desserts, send us your best. And don’t forget those delicious meat recipes perfect for summer barbecues.

Upcoming farmers markets give home chefs an opportunity to discover local and seasonal ingredients and a complete calendar of area farmers markets can be found on our website. We also encourage market shoppers to get to “Know Your Farmer.” Inquire about the origin of the items you’re purchasing – farmers love to talk about their food! Be sure to look for the NevadaGrown banner or label to make sure you’re getting the closest to home.

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So please, type it up, write it up, snap a photo or photocopy a recipe card. This is your last chance to be part of this truly local cookbook and win big at the same time. All recipes can be submitted via Facebook or emailed to NevadaGrown.

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Spring In To NevadaGrown Greens

By at March 27, 2014 | 9:50 am | 0 Comment

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This spring you’ll not only be seeing green, but tasting it too! As the weather warms up, greens, greens, and more greens come into season. It’s not quite time for barbecuing, but who can resist delicious lettuce wraps or a fresh salad when the sun comes out. You don’t need to have a green thumb to get the freshest veggies, just visit us here at NevadaGrown to find the producer nearest you!

Ready for Arugula?

Commonly known as salad rocket, this peppery leaf is wonderful in salads. With a fresh vinaigrette and some strawberries, arugula comes to life. Or use it as an edible garnish on top of your favorite pasta dishes or even paired with prosciutto for a delightful roll-up. Cooked or cold, arugula is out of this world. Find it at Brighter Ideas in Las Vegas or at the Great Basin Food Co-Op in Reno.

 

Be on Guard for Swiss Chard

If you’re looking for antioxidants, look no further! Swiss Chard is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that help with anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. Sautee this leafy vegetable and top it with Parmesan cheese to make an elegant side the whole family can enjoy! Pick some up at City Green Gardens today.

Mix It Up!

Salad mixes are great for just about anything. Grab a mix of leafy greens from Custom Gardens Organic Farm in Silver Springs or Daydream Farm in Las Vegas and top your salad off with some carrots, onions, beets, nuts or locally-made cheese for a salad to remember.

Artichokes Take Over

This delicious species of thistle becomes ripe just in time for spring. Steam it and dip the petals into an olive oil-based mayo or any other favorite creamy dip. A fun low-calorie idea is to use the artichoke as an edible bowl filled with chilled chicken or tuna salad. Find the perfect artichoke for your next meal at Casa del Sol Gardens in Sandy Valley, southwest of Las Vegas, or at Nevada’s first organic farm, Holley Family Farms, in Dayton.


Love these NevadaGrown goodies as much as we do? Email your favorite recipe using springtime ingredients to NevadaGrown@gmail.com and help us create a NevadaGrown cookbook for all to enjoy.

Each recipe submission is entered to win a 7-cubic-foot freezer filled with NevadaGrown meat and/or produce. Get your entries in quick as winners will be announced June 30, 2014.

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NevadaGrown Produce Spices Up Fall Recipe Contest Entries

By at October 16, 2013 | 4:36 pm | 0 Comment

As the leaves begin to change and the aspens turn a fiery yellow, it’s time to pull out those recipes for some seasonal, healthy dishes that are perfect for celebrating the transition to fall. This month’s Home Means Delicious ingredients are berries, fruits, and onions, great for culinary creations of all kinds.

And speaking of change, the Home Means Delicious recipe contest is also changing along with the seasons. You can now enter your recipes by posting them directly on the wall of the NevadaGrown Facebook page or by taking a picture of a recipe card in addition to sending us an email. We are making it easier for you to enter your recipes so that you have a better chance of winning a $25 Visa gift card given to one submitter each month.

September invites you to set out for berries and fresh fruit. Jacob’s Family Berry Farm in Gardnerville offers up blackberries and raspberries, perfect for pies, while Las Vegas’s Daydream Farm fills your bag with fruit like apples and pears for jams, preserves and even salads.

The ripe onions at Peri & Sons Farms in Yerington allow for savory autumn offerings in everything from sauces to soups and delicious appetizers. Sliced and diced onions add pizzazz to sautéing meat or vegetable medleys and are also great as onion rings or for a shareable dip at a potluck or party. You can also look for Peri & Son onions at many local grocery stores.

Get ready to pick out pumpkins and garlic for the October harvest ingredients. Pumpkin pie is perfect with a dollop of whipped cream; however, this squash steps off the pie plate in pastas, soups, cakes, soufflés, tarts, breads and muffins.  But remember – it’s important to select a variety of pumpkin, such as sugar pumpkin, that is intended for cooking so you don’t end up with an overcooked jack ‘o lantern. Visit Gardnerville’s Corley Ranch, Andelin Farms in Sparks or Lattin Farms in Fallon to find pumpkins for both the kitchen and the living room since these multi-colored winter squashes also makes for great centerpieces and festive serving bowls. These three farms also have u-pick pumpkin patches and corn mazes to get lost in, making for a fun afternoon outing for the entire family.

Garlic is delicious all on its own when roasted and spread on artisan crusty bread, but Hungry Mother Organics can help you create flavorful roasted garlic chicken, creamy garlic potatoes, and beef stew with apple, onion, and roasted garlic as well. Recipe opportunities are endless with several unique varieties growing at this Minden farm. Visit the farm stand to stock up on fresh garlic since it keeps for months when stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

We want to know what you think the best use is for these Nevada-grown ingredients. Enter your favorite recipes to win big at Facebook.com/NevadaGrown or by email at NevadaGrown@gmail.com. Home Means Delicious complete contest rules can be viewed at www.NevadaGrown.com.

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