Joanne Neft

Foodies preach benefits of eating Placer County grown

Way before the general public gave deeper thought to the source of their food and began modifying their consumer habits accordingly, Joanne Neft was touting the benefits of local f ...

Summer sticking around in Auburn, Placer County

  The final vestiges of the warmth of summer are lingering well into the fall, giving hope to mandarin growers and headaches to firefighters. At Abel’s Garden House on ...

You can capture the essence of summer and bottle it

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on preserving fruits and vegetables. Eating seasonally  doesn’t have to mean doing without when the season i ...

Neft, Kenny still keeping it ‘Real’

Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny love the farmers market. The weekly markets, in Auburn and throughout Placer County, have become community gathering places where families and farmers m ...

Partial to peaches? Late summer rocks

It’s peak time for peaches. Weeks and weeks of basking in the summer sun bring the fruit to juicy, sweet perfection during August and early September. There’s a lot more to pe ...

A day to celebrate traditions

Thanksgiving is a time for family — and extended family — to gather around a table laden with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and an array of other holiday foods. Area resi ...

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 ...