Soup Night

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Miners Foundry, Nevada City from 5:00-8pm

Gather up your friends and family to meet local agricultural artisans and learn new ways to buy produce, meat, flowers, milk, cheese and more. Enjoy hearty soup using farm fresh ingredients and bread followed by music and dancing.

Children’s activities included in the festivities.


5:00 – Meet farmers, grab a drink

5:30 – Soup and Bread Served and meet your local farmers!

6:30 – 8pm – Dancing

More info soon – tickets will be on sale Jan. 1st, 2020 or sooner.  Sold out last year!

2019 Soup Night was a “Souper” Success!

Gallons of nutritious and delicious soup was slurped, loaves of bread devoured, children decorated their own chef hats and had their faces painted and more than 450 community members met their local farmers and artists and boogied to the joyful sounds of the Love Train – it truly was a celebration of LOCAL at the April 4th, 2019 annual Sierra Harvest Soup Night!

We are “SOUPER” grateful to the more than 40 volunteers that joyfully made this event truly happen plus all our sponsors, food donors and partners:  The Nevada County Arts Council, BriarPatch Food Co-opThe Lee & Dunn Group at Baird, Jon Lee & Janice DunnThree Forks Bakery and Brewery Co.Ike’s Quarter Cafe’Flour Garden Bakery Johansen RanchSummer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli, Flower Essence Services, Alice De Lite, Stagetech West, Legacy Ranching and Love Train!

  • 2019 - dancing to Love Train at Soup Night - Jason Scallin Photographer

All photos by Jason Scallin of 11:eleven photography!!!


Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at the Miners Foundry, Nevada City from 5:00-8pm

Gather up your friends and family to meet local agricultural artisans and learn new ways to buy produce, meat, flowers, milk, cheese and more. Enjoy hearty soup using farm fresh ingredients and bread followed by music and dancing to Love Train, a local soul and groove band with live horns! And Sierra Harvest and Nevada County Arts Council are proud to be part of the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, and to offer its Soup Night & Agrarian Art during California’s Inaugural Arts, Culture & Creativity Month with an Agrarian Art show spotlighting the following local Nevada County artists: Yvon Dockter, Randy Griffis, Karel Hendee, Ron Kenedi, Lori Lachman, Paul Steege, and Katie Wolff.

Children’s activities included in the festivities – color a chef hat and face painting with Alice De Lite!


5:00 – Meet farmers, grab a drink, peruse Agrarian Art show, mingle

5:30 – Soup and Bread Served and meet your local farmers!

Minestrone Soup (BriarPatch Food Co-op) – vegetarian, gluten & dairy free
Butternut Squash Soup (Three Forks Bakery and Brewery Co.) – vegetarian & gluten free
Sausage Potato Soup (Summerthyme’s Bakery and Deli) – gluten free
White Bean and Kale Soup (Summerthyme’s Bakery and Deli) – vegetarian, gluten & dairy free
Soup – (Ike’s Quarter Cafe’)
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (Emily’s Catering & Cakes) – gluten & dairy free
Beef and Black Bean Chili (Emily’s Catering & Cakes) – gluten & dairy free
Cornbread – Summerthyme’s – vegan & gluten free
Assorted breads – Flour Garden Bakery and Artisan Lavinia
Murcott mandarins (BriarPatch) – organic

6:30-8:00pm – Dancing

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Price: $10 for everyone 10 and above.  Free for children 9 and under.  Tickets will be sold at the door if not already sold out in advance. Purchase online safely through paypal or come to our office to pay by check (313 Railroad Ave., Suite 201, Nevada City – Monday – Friday 9:30am – 4:00pm)

Please bring your own bowls, spoons and cups. Local beer and wine along with non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for purchase.

Enormous gratitude to all our sponsors and food donors:  BriarPatch Food Co-opThe Lee & Dunn Group at Baird, Jon Lee & Janice Dunn, Three Forks Bakery and Brewery Co., Ike’s Quarter Cafe’, Flour Garden Bakery Johansen Ranch, Summer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli, and Flower Essence Services.

the Love Train - Nevada County Band

The Love Train – Jonathan Lyerly – Vocals, guitar, Karel Hendee – Bass, vocals, Tim Bulkley – Drums, Phil Kember – Trombone, John DeBoer – Trumpet, and Jerry Grant – Saxophone

Love Train is a 6-piece dance band that taps into the same gold vein of 60’s soul and R&B as the Blues Bros and the Commitments. Belting out soul hits from Wilson Picket, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, the O’Jays, Sam and Dave, Stevie Wonder and many more, Love Train delivers a powerfully funky vintage soul groove that WILL get you dancing!

Volunteer for the Event

Meet Your Local Farmers

Artisan Lavinia – Dorian and Carmina Matei

artisan lavinia - 2019Artisan Lavinia, a local micro bakery, was established in 2014 by Dorian and Carmina. They have since resisted the pressure to expand, and instead focused on quality: everything the bakery produces is seasonal and organic; all grains are milled freshly in their stone mill; all products are raised by a wild sourdough starter and baked in a wood fired oven; the bakery has no electric mixers as everything is done by hand. A few of their specialty products include: hearty, whole grain country loaves, 100% rye bread, sourdough gluten free bread, ancient baguettes, whole grain pasta, sourdough brioche, olive oil cakes, fruit tarts and many other seasonal baked goods.

Cosmic Roots Ranch – Ellen Cole and Jesse Olson

Cosmic Roots Ranch was established 2015 by Ellen Cole & Jesse Olson. With a passion to farm, and create a space that the community could enjoy, they chose to primarily raise Mangalista pigs, which is a heritage breed originating from Hungary.  Mangalitsa is considered to be the Kobe Beef of Pork, and definitely lives up to its name.  You can find their pork at their ranch farm stand, and also locally at Mother Truckers & The Ham Stand.  In addition to hogs, they also grow seasonal gardens, and make hand crafted soaps, candles and lip balms, deriving from the lard they refine from their pigs.  They love what they do at Cosmic Roots Ranch, and hope to be a staple farm in the community for years to come.

Early Bird Farm – Drew and Sabrina Speroni

Drew Speroni - early bird farmEarly Bird Farm is nestled in the Sierra Foothills in Nevada City, California. The farm was established in 2014 using sustainable practices to grow the healthiest and most nutrient dense produce. Farmer Drew has a passion for stewardship of the land, supporting a healthy community, and raising a happy, healthy, God loving family. Early Bird Farm supplies local restaurants, bakeries, caterers, distributors and grocery stores with fresh organic produce and stone milled flours.

King of the Woods Farm – Hayley Wingerd and Evan King

Hayley and Evan King - king of the woods farm 2019King of the Woods Farm was started in 2018 and is a small micro farm using low till practices to support soil health. They produce oyster mushrooms by the pound seasonally using no artificial light or temperature regulation. They also produce quality vegetables for their CSA farm box program as well as expanding into small wholesale. Hayley and Evan love providing quality food to the community with sustainable farming methods. 

Lush Leaf Micro Greens – Cairo Cocalis

Lush Leaf sproutsCairo is a die hard plant nerd who can’t stop growing things and who also loves to eat and share beautiful food. Lush Leaf Micro Greens was a natural by-product of these passions.  She is a local organic grower, right here in Penn Valley, and is growing seven varieties of delicious and nutritious greens. They can be eaten right out of the bag, made into fabulous salads, mixed with other salad greens to make them go further or added to all sorts of recipes.  She harvests weekly and delivers to homes and businesses as well as having several centrally located ‘pick up’ refrigerators.  The almost magical melding of flavors in the micro mixes are reason enough to enjoy them but knowing about the incredible nutrient density of these youngster greens makes them thrilling to share.

McClaughry Farms – Gary McClaughry

Honey produced locally and out of area. They love to do business with people looking for one jar of honey to someone looking for 200.

Mountain Bounty Farm – John Tecklin

Mountain Bounty farm 2018Nestled along the Yuba River near Nevada City, CA, Mountain Bounty Farm grows a great variety of exceptional organic produce for our local community. They are the oldest and largest CSA farm in the Sierras, and they put tremendous care and skill into growing superb produce for our members. Farming with love and care since 1997, they aim to provide a reliable local source of the highest quality produce for our area, and to work towards the economic sustainability of our rural community. They also want the farm to be a place of inspiration and beauty, a place to reconnect to food and the joys of food culture. Their farming style and philosophy are very simple. By being very attentive to the land, the crops, and the weather, they can succeed at the very challenging art of growing good food. Their techniques involve time-tested organic farming practices that above all prioritize care for the soil. They make heavy use of cover crops, beneficial insectary plantings, compost and organic soil amendments. Mountain Bounty is certified organic by CCOF, however they see the organic standards as a starting point and believe that a much better job is possible. Their efforts and investments are rewarded with a bounty of exceptional produce and a farm that continues to improve year by year. Their produce is primarily distributed to their 750 CSA members, at the Nevada City farmer’s market, and at Three Forks, Heartwood, Stonehouse, BriarPatch Food Co-op, California Organics, Mother Truckers, and New Moon Natural Foods.

Riverhill Farm – Antonio Garza and Daylin Wade

For over 18 years Riverhill Farm has been providing the community with delicious, organic fruits and vegetables. They are proud to be both stewards of community health, and the ecological integrity of the land. You can find Riverhill at their farmstand/berry U-pick located just a few miles outside of Nevada City, and at the Nevada City Saturday Farmers Market. Their produce is also available at the BriarPatch Co-op, and on the menus of several local restaurants (including Three Forks Bakery and Brewery Co., Heartwood, and Lefty’s).

Sierra Gourmet Mushrooms – Lynn Archer

Lynn Archer Sierra Gourmet Mushrooms - 2019The Sierra Gourmet Mushrooms is located in Nevada City on Banner Mountain.  They started the mushroom farm in the spring of 2018 and grow several varieties of gourmet mushrooms for northern California’s finest restaurants, specialty food grocers and farmer’s markets.  Their specialty is Blue Oyster mushrooms and Shiitake mushrooms. They grow all of their mushrooms indoors which gives them complete control over temperature, humidity and light condition allowing them to produce quality mushrooms that look and taste amazing.  The mushrooms are harvested daily and delivered fresh from the farm.   

Soil Sisters Farm – Maisie Ganz and Willow Hein

Soil Sisters Farm is a women-owned farm just outside Nevada City focusing on specialty cut flowers.  They provide lush, local floral arrangements for weddings and events as well as farmer’s market bouquets and wholesale flowers for DIY brides and florists. They are an ecologically minded farm practicing sustainable farming methods for the benefit of the soil, the watershed, and our community.  They will be selling flower CSA shares and maybe some bouquets and calendars.

Starflower Farm Iris Vineyard

starflower farm - iris vineyard 2019Starflower Farm is a small scale flower farm and design studio, located in Grass Valley, CA. Established in 2018, we take pride in using regenerative and sustainable farming techniques to grow a wide variety of specialty cut flowers.  Starflower Farm offers beautiful and seasonal designs for weddings and events, as well as wholesale buckets of flowers for florists and designers. This year we will be offering a 10 week CSA, and our blooms can be found at farmer’s markets and specialty boutiques throughout Nevada County.



Meet Your Local Artists

Thomas E. Devine

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Yvon Dockter

Yvonne Dockter ceramics

Yvon’s artwork is mainly in clay and metal, and sometimes combined. She teaches RAKU ceramics at the Curious Forge as well as other classes. And she displays and sells her pieces at the  Art Works Gallery on Mill St. in Grass Valley.

Randy Griffis

sugar snap pea - randy griffisRandy was introduced to illustrating plants starting with his co-illustration of ‘Feed The Soul’ in 1983. So it goes & grows & flows!

Karel Hendee

It's Planting Time - Karel K. HendeeKarel K. Hendee paints on silk and other fabrics using a resist and dye method.  Then she quilts and embellishes her paintings to add dimension, texture, and character.   She loves to paint inspiration from the natural world and from seasonal experiences in her garden.

Ron Kenedi

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Ron Kenedi​  is an oil painter who is grounded in drawing and bold color. His work as figurative expressionist focusing one commentary. 

Lori Lachman

Lori Lachman photo 2019

Lori grew up with a landscaper as a father and a farmer as a grandfather and has been an avid gardener since college. She loves to photograph the natural world and try to capture the essence of the elements around us and convey it through her artwork using classical and alternative photo processes and up close and alternative compositions.

Paul Steege

paul steege - sweetland pottery

Paul’s pottery reflects forms and textures in nature as well as qualities he has seen and admired in the creations of people.  Values he strives for include simplicity, integrity, and beauty in his Sweetland Pottery.

Chelsea Weisel

chelsea weisel notecardsChelsea Weisel is a fine artist raised in Sonoma County with a passion for food and cooking. The artist creates food-centric calendars, greeting cards, tea towels, and other beautiful hand-painted items. Mrs. Weisel recently partnered with a friend and new mom, Ashlan Falletta-Cowden, to start UpBeet Clothing, an organic baby clothing line focused on the joys of cooking and food puns. 

Katie Wolff

katie wolff - rooster

Katie is a local portrait artist and gets enormous pleasure seeing the happiness on someone’s face when they are presented with a portrait of themselves, their child, pet, home or painting of something near and dear to them.  She has her art at Art Works Gallery at 113 Mill St., Grass Valley.  Katie would be delighted to create a commissioned portrait for you. 

Special thanks to our 2019 Soup Night Sponsors and Donors

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