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For starters: Here’s your short list for coming plant sales in western Nevada County

Amanda Thibodeau

After a long and brutal winter, the seasons have changed, and spring is in full bloom. Where it seemed like the soil would be wet forever, it’s now time to make sure your plants are getting irrigated.

That’s spring in the foothills for you. With this summer-like weather there are so many opportunities to support local farmers by buying starts.

Here’s a short list of where you can get farmer direct plants in the coming weeks. Local growers have been tending seedlings with care all winter, and you swoop in and benefit from all their hard work for a few bucks a plant? Amazing.

Every day during daylight hours you can get starts anytime directly from the farm store at Starbright Acres Family Farm (12575 Polaris Dr, Grass Valley). They will be selling organic annual veggies and herbs throughout the spring into early summer.

Saturdays, starting late April: The North Star Grower’s Market (12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley) runs from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Starbright Acres will be selling starts at this fun, family friendly market.

Saturdays, May 11 and May 18, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sierra Harvest’s educational site the Food Love Farm will be selling organic veggies, herbs and more (EBT can be used too!).

Fresh Starts Organic Farm will be selling at the Nevada City Farmer’s Market Saturdays, June 1, June 8 and possibly the June 15.

May 11: The UC Master Gardeners of Nevada County will have their annual sale of veggies, herbs and flowers from 9 a.m. noon at the Demonstration Garden at 1036 W. Main Street, Grass Valley (on the NID grounds). This is also a great place to get your gardening questions answered!

May 12: The Mother’s Day Plant Sale at the Miner’s Foundry from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with both big rooms filled with vendors and plants; it’s pretty much the royal rumble of plant sales. With hundreds of varieties of plants and so many local farmers, it’s not to be missed.

Throughout May: Sierra Harvest’s Farm to School Program helps provide plant sales at more than 20 schools across western Nevada County. So, if you have a child in school locally, look out for a plant sale at school.

Stores carrying local organic starts include:

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply

A to Z Supply

BriarPatch Co-op

Wildflower Nursery Garden and Gift (part of Penn Valley True Value)

Amanda Thibodeau was the director of the Farm to School program for six years and now writes the Harvest of the Month article each month for Sierra Harvest.

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