Califonia Bountiful

On location: Placer County

November/December 2018 California Bountiful magazine

What makes it distinctive? Find out!

Placer County is a visitor's paradise. Spanning valley, Gold Country foothills and Lake Tahoe shoreline, the county offers historic highlights, white-water rafting, world-class skiing and a wealth of farms, orchards, vineyards and wineries to explore.





John and Jason Miller, Newcastle

The Miller family has kept bees for more than a century, getting their start in 1894 when Nephi Miller traded five bags of oats for seven colonies of bees. The honeybees of Miller Honey Farms help pollinate almond, plum and cherry orchards in California in February and March, and apple orchards in Washington, then return to their hives to make honey. When conditions become too dry in Placer County, the bees are shipped to the family business in North Dakota to continue making honey throughout the summer.





Mountain Mandarin Festival, Auburn

The annual festival, held Nov. 16-18 this year, marks its 25th year celebrating one of the county's oldest and best-known crops: foothill-grown mandarin oranges. Enjoy fresh fruit, citrus recipes and food products, artisan crafts, contests, live music and entertainment.




Old Town Auburn

This well-preserved gem of a Gold Rush town offers a charming, strollable downtown with shops, restaurants and cafes, and nearby museums. The annual Old Town Classic Christmas, held Dec. 8 and 15 this year, features carolers, cowboys in period costumes, unique gifts and live music.



Ikeda's California Country Market, Auburn

Fresh-baked pies, old-fashioned burgers and mountains of curly fries have made Ikeda's a mandatory stop for road trippers traveling Interstate 80. The market and restaurant, which began as the farming family's produce stand, still sells plenty of fresh fruit, plus a treasure trove of gourmet grocery items.




Eisley Nursery, Auburn

Wholesale and retail customers of Eisley Nursery see red this time of year: some 28,000 potted poinsettias. That's just one specialty of the independent garden center, which has 45 greenhouses. Ten family members spanning three generations work there, including the founder's 87-year-old son.


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