Califonia Bountiful

On location: Plumas and Sierra counties

July/August 2019 California Bountiful magazine

What makes this area distinctive? Find out!

Plumas County, organized in 1854, takes its name from one of its most stunning natural features: the Feather River (Rio de las Plumas in Spanish). Beckwourth Pass is the lowest pass across the Sierra Nevada and was an important route for early miners. Neighboring Sierra County, named for the mountain range, attracted many prospectors to the Yuba River during the Gold Rush. Today, both counties offer a wealth of outdoor activities. Cattle, hay and timber are the dominant agricultural pursuits.





Kristin, Jane and Dave Roberti, Loyalton

Dave Roberti's great-grandparents came to the U.S. from Switzerland in the late 1800s and made the Sierra Valley their home, back when small dairies dominated the scene. Today, the Robertis run about 500 head of Angus beef cattle and grow hay and alfalfa. The extended Roberti family has been active in Farm Bureau for decades: Dave serves as president of the Plumas-Sierra Farm Bureau and his mother, Helen, is its manager.





Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail

This annual autumn event brings visitors to a variety of working ranches and historic barns, where they get to meet the farmers, ranchers and animals—and check out the work of the region's many artists and sculptors along the way. Some of the barns date back more than a century. This year's event occurs Sept. 28.




Greenhorn Ranch, Quincy

Always wanted to saddle up a horse? This former Gold Rush goat ranch might be the place. Besides giving would-be cowpunchers riding lessons, Greenhorn Ranch offers fishing, family vacations and a mountain venue for events such as weddings and retreats.



La Cocina de Oro, Downieville

This "kitchen of gold" serves Mexican-inspired fare including burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and salads using ingredients from farms in neighboring Nevada County and elsewhere in the region, as well as local, line-caught fish.




Pangaea Café and Pub, Quincy

Pangaea goes out of its way to support Plumas County farmers, using in-season vegetables, grass-fed beef from local ranches and other ingredients to create burgers, wraps, sandwiches and salads.


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