Friday, January 11, 2013

Getting to know you ...

Dew hangs from the front gate. Across the road is an organic rice field.

We've all heard about the Lundberg's. You know, the organic rice-growing family up the valley a bit in Butte County. And who hasn't heard of the Capay Valley, that hotbed of organic growing on the far west side of Yolo? But how many Sacramentans know about the vast organic rice fields of Pleasant Grove? In fact, how many Sacramentans even know where Pleasant Grove is? Yet it is far closer to Sacramento than either the Lundberg Farms or the Capay Valley. It seems the very existence of the area is something of a mystery to most capital residents, even though the city skyline can be seen from some of those organic rice fields. So, do you give up? Pleasant Grove straddles southern Placer and Sutter counties, north of Natomas and Elverta, west of Roseville and Lincoln, south of East Nicolaus and east of the Sacramento River. It's only restaurant, the Pleasant Grove General Store, sits at the corner of Howsley and Pleasant Grove roads. Nothing fancy, but friendly and filling for a fair price. And usually full of farmers.

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