Saturday Nov 22 2008 comments Pounds and Mounds of Mandarins By: Photos by Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal -A +A In from Sacramento, Sylvia Bender stacks sacks of mandarins into her friend, Mohsen Abrishami's, arms. While her son, Josh, 3, snacks on a mandarin, Jennifer Lyons, right, chats with Ashley Foley of Blue Goose Produce about the mandarin trees' growing season and upkeep. With the Big Game between UC Berkeley and Stanford on television, Josh and his mom Jennifer Lyons decided they couldn't miss out on the mandarins. "It's a wholesome festival," said Lyons as Josh, 3, enjoyed the highlighted fruit, which he said tasted "like pears." With the fairgrounds packed with mandarin enthusiasts from all over Placer county and surrounding areas, Linda Stander hands out mandarin wedges as samples from Miller Honey Mandarins while her boss, John Miller (left) sells bags of the citrus fruit to eager customers on Saturday. With dad Damian Burt in tow, 18-month-old Kirra Burt snacks on mandarin wedges given to her by Lynn Pascua. Mary Evans tries the mandarin gelato from Colossal Gelato at the fairgrounds on Saturday. Gordon Poulsen of Willow Creek Ranch talks about the subtle differences between mandarins--which range from tart to sweet depending on soil and microclimates-- from different growers. Mandarin gelato is just one of the mandarin-themed food you can try at the Mountain Mandarin Festival, which continues through Sunday. Other popular items include whole chocolate-dipped mandarins and mandarin cocktails. With a displaced toddler waiting for a train ride, Morgan Thyken of Auburn pushes around a stroller filled with the day's purchases. With a mandarin tree from Blue Goose Produce in hand, Carol Martin, of Diamond Springs has the perfect house-warming gift for her boss, who is moving to a house but leaving his beloved mandarin tree behind.