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 ...

Real Food: A dessert to sweeten any occasion

Whenever I think about ice cream balls my mind immediately returns to favorite friends in Boulder, Colorado. Our family moved to Colorado from Minnesota during my high school yea ...

Real Food: Mandarins sweetening winter meals

The slightly warm days and chilly nights of December are just right for fully developing the full flavor and sweetness of Placer County’s Satsuma mandarins. How blessed we are to ...

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 ...

New book serves up ‘Real Food’

Placer County is extraordinarily edible. Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny spent each Monday in 2009 creating and serving dinner for eight in Neft’s Auburn home. Neft, a longtime ag ...

Budget crisis impacts agricultural marketing program

Placer County’s agricultural marketing program is in limbo — a victim of the state’s budget crisis. But the county’s Agriculture Department remains optimistic it can be sal ...

Farmers markets ripe with bounty of the foothills

It has been 20 growing seasons since farmers in Loomis and Auburn decided to form an agricultural cooperative. Today, the flourishing Foothill Farmers’ Market operates two year-r ...

Mandarins’ health benefits creating boom in fruit sales

With Placer County’s synephrine-rich mandarins still being picked off foothills trees, the so-called super fruit is being touted as the holiday gift of health. Joanne Neft, an A ...