Meadow Vista – Watch it grow!

The community of Meadow Vista has another feather in its cap and another reason YOU  may want to call it “home”! In October of 2012 Foothill Roots Farm set down roots in Meadow Vista. Farmers, Patrick and Diane Bollinger both have roots in the Sierra Foothills with Patrick growing up in Meadow Vista and Diane in Cameron Park. Their farm uses a Community Supported Agriculture model, also known as CSA, as well as having a weekly farm stand where locals from the nearby I80 corridor communities are stopping to buy fresh produce. Farms like this are gaining in popularity as an alternative to supermarket produce. For those who like their veggies fresh and local, this is farm-to-table at its finest.

The Bollingers are leasing the 150 acres Simpson Ranch which is one of the oldest pieces of property in Placer County.  The Simpson family homesteaded the land in 1852 and has owned the property ever since. It is located at 17565 Placer Hills Rd which is just outside of the town proper of Meadow Vista and before you reach Applegate.

First week at the Thursday FarmstandPatrick and Diane currently have 50 CSA subscribers and a waiting list. They have plans for more subscriptions as their fields expand.  Subscribers receive a box of  the farms fresh produce on a weekly basis. The produce depends on what is seasonally growing, such as kale, lettuce, arugula, beets, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, tomatoes, herbs, radishes, corn, eggplant, green beans, sweet peppers, potatoes, squash….  A subscriber pays a fee at the beginning of the growing season and picks of their box weekly. Those unable to join the CSA have been delighted with the offerings at the Thursday Farm Stand from 3 to 7 pm.

In addition to the produce from their fields the Bollinger’s have teamed up with a local mandarin grower to offer a fruit option to their subscribers. Greg Lewis of Sunset Ridge Mandarins in Newcastle rustles up the finest the area has to offer in the way of natural and organically grown fruit so a subscriber will have 3 to 4 different fruits options in their box each week.  Peaches will be the core of the summer boxes, accompanied by fruits with shorter growing windows, cherries early, then apricots, plums and eventually pears. In the winter they’ll get pomegranates, kiwi and, of course, mandarins.

In addition to the fruits and veggies, Foothill Roots Farm is also offering artisan bread baked that morning by The Baker & the Cakemaker out of Auburn. They offer quality handcrafted artisan breads using organic flours and top quality seeds, grains and nuts. Baker and co-owner Nathan Shreve will feature a different loaf each week with 10 varieties to rotate through from Meyer lemon rosemary to sourdough, ciabatta, seeded wheat and more.

The Bollingers welcome you to stop by to visit the farm, chat and learn more between 3 to 7 pm on Thursdays when they are at the Farm Stand. You can also learn more at their website or watch them grow on their Facebook page.

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