Gary Gilligan

Mountain fruit is healthy and delicious

When autumn days in the Placer County foothills are warm and the nights are cold, mandarin growers anxiously await the first blush of color on their fruit. Just before Thanksgiving ...

Mountain Mandarin Festival needs more volunteers

As the Mountain Mandarin Festival has grown from several hundred visitors to 30,000 visitors, the need for volunteers has multiplied.  Festival manager Gary Gilligan says that ...

Auburn Home Show keeps it fresh, friendly

14 home show   Auburn Home Show keeps it fresh, friendly Weekend event at Gold Country Fairgrounds could draw 25,000   14 home show 027.jpg Gus Thomson/Auburn Journ ...

Mandarin Festival turns 20

Given an exceptional crop and a mercifully dry forecast, Mandarin Festival organizers believe the event’s 20th year will be one of its best. The gates open at 11 a.m. today ...

Auburn Spring Home Show just in time to lend inspiration for summer projects

Benjamin Franklin once said “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” At the Spring Home Show happening this weekend ...

Rain thins festival crowd but doesn’t dampen yen for mandarins

The skies were gray but on the ground at the Gold Country Fairgrounds netted bags of bright orange mandarins and umbrellas in an array of hues provided plenty of color for the Moun ...

Ripe, round and red: We give you the tomato

The great tomato/to-mah-to debate is a thing of the past, as popular vernacular long ago adopted the former pronunciation (the gaudy, haughty and “bougie” notwithstandi ...

Foothills seeing orange: Mountain Mandarin Festival returns to Auburn

Thousands of mandarins will make their way from the field to the fairgrounds this weekend, enticing citrus lovers with not only the fruit itself, but also an array of food, beverag ...

Placer County chefs share their mandarin creations

The 18th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival kicks off Friday, Nov. 18, and chefs from Placer County and beyond will compete for the coveted Best of Show title in the festival’s re ...

Placer GROWN: Something sweet’s on the horizon this month

We are so fortunate to live in a year-round fruit growing region. Just when summer fruit has become only a memory, our orchards are coloring up with persimmons and citrus. Persimmo ...