Putting Local on the Menu

We help buyers get to know local farmers and provide them training and support to get more local on the menu!

How to Purchase Local Food Easily
A FREE 1-hour workshop for all Nevada County Food Buyers

Mon. January 23rd from 1-2PM
Heartwood (237 Commercial St., Nevada City)
Workshop led by Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose, Lead Chef

Differentiate your business by purchasing local food, enhance the local economy and increase your bottom line today giving your clients, residents and customers the tastiest and freshest food around!

RSVP to Miriam@sierraharvest.org today and learn how to get more local food on your menu!

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We work with institutions, restaurants, caterers, and others who want to source more seasonal, local food or plan cost-effective seasonal menus.  Contact miriam@sierraharvest.org to learn more about our upcoming buyer and producer mixer events and learn more about how we can help you meet your goals.

Annual Producer – Buyer Mixer was a huge success!

Three cheers to more than 50 buyers and producers (representing 16 businesses and 16 farms/ranches) who met face to face at our Annual Mixer to create new connections to sell and source more locally grown farm and ranch products thereby building a strong local food movement!  The energy and enthusiasm for building the relationships permeated the event and we are excited to see how these new partnerships unfold giving customers and clients everywhere more choices for local food!

  • Producer - Buyer Mixer guests at Watershed at the Owl - (Photo by Sandra Boyd)

Also check out these opportunities:

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The Nevada County Food & Farm Directory is now available!
Customers and food producers can now search online for local farms and ranches by location, products, and more.  If you are a farmer, post or update your profile here

Sell “Tastings” for Harvest of the Month!
Sierra Harvest purchases 9000 ‘tastes’ of locally grown fruits and vegetables to the schools through the Harvest of the Month program. What could we buy from you? Share your ideas by filling out the form on this page!

What Others Are Saying About Buying Local

Did you know the Food Bank of Nevada County is committed to supporting the local food system by purchasing from our local farmers while bringing the healthiest and freshest food possible to thousands of their clients? Read more about how and why they are doing it. Here’s what others are saying about purchasing directly with local farmers:

“I love the knowledge the farmers have at Mountain Bounty Farm; for me it was a great educational moment.”   Curtis Glenn, Manager Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Nutrition Services

“Just want to say thanks!  We picked up two cases of basil and cilantro today from Sandra, fresh from this morning, all lovely and at a great price. Looking forward to a nice local collaboration with Higareda Family Farm. Good job!” Beth Moore, Wild Eye Pub

“I went to Jim’s (Nevada County Free Range Beef) to pick up over 10 pounds of TriTip. It was a great experience and feels awesome to support his family farm.  Thanks for the guidance and encouragement to keep it so local.” Martin Bullo, Sierra Nevada Camp Chef

“The kiwis were well received … actually, a ‘first ever’ experience for some clients. Working with Cecilia at Wild River couldn’t have been easier.”   Ray Moore, Interfaith Food Ministry Procurement

Have you thought about making a policy at your place of business for prioritizing local? Check out our Sierra Harvest’s Procurement Policy as an example.

Together, we can all put more Local on the Menu!

Contact Miriam Limov, Farm Institute Associate for support in purchasing local products at miriam@sierraharvest.org.