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Eat Local Placer and Nevada featuring summer vegetable recipes

Eat Local Placer and Nevada, an effort managed by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), will hold tasting events at the Mill Street Farmers’ Market on Thursday, Aug. 1, and at the North Star Growers’ Market on Saturday, Aug. 3.

These events will feature delicious recipes using summer vegetables. 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.

“On Thursday, we’ll be featuring a recipe for tomato bruschetta featuring locally grown tomatoes, garlic and basil,” says UCCE’s Cindy Fake, who is leading the effort. “On Saturday, we’ll be sampling a variety of different tomatoes – all grown by local farmers.” The first 100 customers will receive a $5 voucher good for purchasing fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs and nuts at the market. After trying the samples, customers can find the featured ingredients by looking for the Eat Local Placer and Nevada logo in farmers’ stalls. “We suggest that folks ‘Follow the Fork,’” says Fake, referring to the project’s logo.

The Thursday tasting at the Mill Street Farmers’ Market will run from 5 to 7 p.m. (the market is open from 5 to 8:30 p.m.). Saturday’s tasting will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (the market is open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.).

UCCE works in partnership with local farmers and ranchers to build and strengthen the local food system. The organization is dedicated to supporting the local agricultural community and helping it grow and thrive through a variety of educational and community building programs.

For more information, and for an updated schedule of tastings, go to

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