Sautéed squash samples offered at Thursday Night Market |

Sautéed squash samples offered at Thursday Night Market

Eat Local Placer and Nevada, an effort managed by the University of California Cooperative Extension, will host a tasting event at the Mill Street Farmers Market today.

The project, which is funded by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant program, is designed to connect local consumers with local specialty crop growers.

"We're excited to be holding our first event with the Mill Street Thursday Night Market," said UCCE's Cindy Fake, who is leading the effort. "We have two major objectives — to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables within our local communities and to increase produce sales for local farmers. We're working with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Nevada County Grown and other community organizations."

Thursday's tasting will feature sautéed squash, with summer squash from Johnson Family Farm, garlic from Dinner Bell Farm, and onions and basil from Bakkbraken Acres.

The first 100 customers will receive a $5 voucher good for purchasing fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs and nuts at the market.

The tasting will run from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. (the farmers' market is open from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.)

After sampling the recipe, customers can find the featured ingredients by looking for the Eat Local Placer and Nevada logo in farmers' stalls.

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