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Trending in 2015: Sustainable, Local Food

By at December 29, 2014 | 4:47 pm | 0 Comment

The local food movement was huge this year, and it’s not going away! Consuming local foodstuff continues to be popular across the country.

Consumers are opting to eat healthier triggering healthy food options to increase on menus across the nation year after year. Conscientious dining has triggered the movement of people seeking local food because it’s not only healthy for themselves, but also the environment around them. Minimizing impact through less waste, less travel gas and more money in local economy tops the laundry list of reasons why U.S. consumers are striving to eat locally.

So what does this mean for Nevada? A more connected relationship between local farmers and restaurants, ranchers and chefs, wineries and bartenders, and more in 2015.

Placing local food into your restaurant or business starts with a visit to NevadaGrown’s producers page and ends with happier, healthier guests. Get ahead on the 2015 trend, and call a Nevada farmer, rancher or producer.

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Food Industry Professionals Mingle At Greets & Eats

By at November 25, 2014 | 9:36 am | 0 Comment

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NevadaGrown launches Greets & Eats, monthly networking events to strengthen and increase awareness of northern Nevada’s local food system.

The mixers are held from 6 – 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month.

The debut mixer on November 13 successfully brought more than 100 food industry professionals together to learn about getting more local food into local business. Thanks to everyone who came out!

The next mixer is December 11 at Reno Provisions, Mark Estee’s newest business that is part restaurant, part gourmet grocery store, and part bakery and butcher shop. Food system professionals and advocates are encouraged to attend, including farmers, ranchers, chefs, restaurateurs, institutional buyers, food entrepreneurs and community members. Cost is $10 per person and includes appetizers and one drink.

The Dec. mixer at Reno Provisions features appetizers made with local food from Alpine Ranch, Glorious Garlic and Mewaldt Organics. Come out and meet the farmers behind the food!

Purchase your tickets here.

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Fall in Love With NevadaGrown October

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

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

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

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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