Joanne Neft

First day of Mandarin Festival draws crowd despite dreary weather

Sunday is the last day of the 17th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival kicked off Friday at 11 a.m., desp ...

Failed measure spurs donated funds

After the failure of a local measure set to bring money into Auburn schools, some community members are ready to offer donations. Measure L was a proposed annual $59 parcel tax fo ...

Real Food: Squash one of November’s seasonal delights

Nature always provides us with what we need to eat at exactly the time we should be eating it. Thus, we have mandarins in December and January, berries appear early summer, and in ...

Real Food: Fall’s finest in every bite of cake

It’s the season for heartier fall fruit — apples, Asian pears, and St. Nick melons. If you want to experience many different varieties of apples, the farmers market is the pla ...

Hanley a top town advocate

For Kevin Hanley, Auburn comes first, and that’s exactly why I’m casting my vote for his re-election to the Auburn City Council. Kevin’s tenure on the council speaks for its ...

Real Food: Take advantage of local tomatoes

There are plenty of tomatoes at the farmers market, and today’s skirt steak recipe puts them to good use. The presentation for the meat is especially pleasing, thanks to the ri ...

Councilman trip concerned local topics

A recent meeting in Washington, D.C. included talks of Auburn issues. Councilman Mike Holmes said Wednesday he had several reasons for making the trip. “There were two reasons, ...

Real Food: Fresh pink-eyed peas worth the work

Editor’s Note: Joanne Neft is a longtime Placer County agriculture advocate. This is the first in a monthly column. It’s the season for fresh peas and you’ll want to check ...

Another View: Share the bounty

Harvest time is here and the demand at our food closets is tremendous! The foothills are an excellent place to capitalize on the fertile soil, good weather and abundant land with a ...

Local cookbook printed in China

While perusing the “Media Life” column in the May 2 Auburn Journal, I read a passage entitled “Real Food is a real success.” The article dealt with Joanne Neft’s new co ...