Jan Thompson

Newcastle Produce rides the farm-to-fork wave

As customers walk through the front doors of the bustling Newcastle Produce on a cold winter day, strong aromas hit them with welcomed warmth, and their exclamation is always the s ...

Versatile garden star peppers summer menus

They can sweeten omelets, spice up salads or add fire to salsa. And when it comes to taste, “all peppers are flavorful if you let them ripen,” said Jan Thompson, owner ...

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 ...

Sweet or savory —winter squash is true comfort

When those dreary days of winter seem never ending, it’s nice to know there’s a bright orange piece of heaven to perk you up. Pureed in soups, baked in a pie, or diced for sal ...

Specialty foods shop savors 10-year anniversary

A local shop that has become a favorite for chefs, cooks and foodies is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. Newcastle Produce is known for its locally grown fruits and ...

Tasty Morsels: Holiday tart gets extra crunch from area-grown walnuts

This is the time of year to load up on walnuts. Though it’s a time-consuming proposition, it’s kind of a fun to gather in the kitchen to shell the little treasures. And if you ...

Tasty Morsels: For a great tasting treat, just think purple

Having just returned from a visit to my younger brother who is a priest in Corsica (the Mediterranean island where Napoleon Bonaparte was born), I was a little stumped on what grea ...

Belt-tightening, ‘tweaking’ keep eateries afloat

A slowing economy and rising prices have local restaurants feeling squeezed but coping. At The Big Salad in Downtown Auburn, owner Danielle Nelson said she’s seen costs go up ab ...

Get ready to eat your way through Loomis’ Eggplant Festival

Those finding themselves in Loomis on Oct. 4 have the chance to eat more eggplant in one day than most will likely eat all year. The Eggplant Festival, hosted by the Loomis Basin ...

State of bee-ing

Fall to spring is queen-breeding time in Newcastle for beekeeper John Miller. The owner of Miller’s Honey Farms & Mandarins cites the mild winter and elevation as positives for t ...