Sierra Harvest Soup Night

Join us for a Local Food Celebration

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!

Children’s activities included in the festivities!


5:00 – Meet farmers, grab a drink, mingle

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

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)

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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., Flour Garden Bakery Summer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli, and Flower Essence Services.

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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!

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Meet Your Local Farmers

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.

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

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

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.

Special thanks to our 2019 Soup Night Sponsors and Donors

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