I'll skip over the adventures in hazardous waste regulation, because who wants to read about that on a Friday night? Not I - that's why I'm on Blogger with you guys and not reading (more) reports on environmental justice and toxics in consumer products. Let me tell you about the highlight of my week: on Tuesday, I took the day off work, kidnapped my dear friend Kristin, and ventured into the beautiful rolling hills of Placer County (which, I am blessed to say, is basically my back yard!). It was an adventure! At one point, I took a wrong turn and ended up popping my tiny little SUV into 4WD and basically off-roading through blackberry brambles and over boulders. Just a little bit. Don't tell hubster. ;-) Actually, you know what, tell him - he'll probably be proud of me!
I got to spend the afternoon at Sinclair Family Farm, which produces naturally raised beef, lamb, chicken, pork, cage free eggs, and even honey. I enjoyed a delicious, homemade, locally-sourced lunch with several other local foodie bloggers, and Placer GROWN (the kind sponsor of our GIVEAWAY) really showed us a good time!
Our lunch included a colorful green salad with pomegranate, pear, and feta cheese, a hearty fall stew, rustic homemade bread, apple crisp a la mode, and two different wines from Vina Castellano Winery ("Abuelita" and a lovely Syrah). And, may I add, lunch was served on recycled-content plates, with compostable flatware! Very cool. This eco-nerd notices such things, probably because of my day job.
|Happy cows, happy goats guarded by a happy dog|
|Bah Ram Ewe|
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If you're within driving distance of the area (or if you're looking for a weekend getaway in the country!), I highly recommend these upcoming events. PlacerGROWN Week is Oct 5th - 12th!
PlacerGROWN Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct. 5th 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5480 Fifth St., Rocklin, CA, 95677
Auburn Wine & Food Festival
Saturday, Oct. 12th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Downtown and Old Town Auburn
PlacerGROWN Farm & Barn Tour
Sunday, Oct. 13th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free, self-guided expedition of farms, ranches, orchards, and vineyards in the beautiful countryside of Placer County. Each venue will feature different activities, tours, and demonstrations. Locally grown produce, wine, and more will be available for purchase.
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