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On location: Yuba and Sutter counties

Nov./Dec. 2016 California Bountiful magazine



Known as the gateway to the gold fields, these two counties boast a vibrant Gold Rush history and retain a robust agricultural presence, with walnuts, rice, prunes and peaches among their top crops. The region's lakes, rivers and mountains provide plenty of recreational opportunities, while a burgeoning mecca of boutique wineries, olive oil producers and small farms make Yuba-Sutter a foodie destination.

Sarb Johl, Marysville

Named 2016 Agriculturalist of the Year by the California State Fair, the peach and walnut grower moved to Sutter County from India at age 13. He began farming with his father and today is involved in farming enterprises including walnut processing, irrigation supplies and cold storage. As an agricultural leader, Johl has served on the California Cling Peach Board, Northern California Growers Association and Butte-Yuba-Sutter Water Quality Coalition.

Yuba Harvest Café, Dobbins

The restaurant brings the region's agricultural bounty to the table by incorporating local, seasonal produce into its menu. In addition to serving brunch, lunch and dinner, with pub night on Sundays, the café also hosts wine tastings, olive oil sipping, honey pairings, art receptions and other events.

37th Annual Sikh Festival, Yuba City

East Indian farmers began settling in the Yuba-Sutter region in the early 1900s; today, the region has one of the largest Sikh populations outside the Punjab state of India. The celebration, Nov. 4-6, draws spectators with its parade, food booths and bazaar featuring Sikh clothing, books and other items.

California Swan Festival, Marysville

Positioned within the Pacific Flyway route, the region is a prime location to view waterfowl, including the elegant tundra swans that make their winter home in rice fields and marshy grasslands. The festival, Nov. 11-13, includes tours, presentations, workshops, children's activities and exhibits.

Stephens Farmhouse, Yuba City

From its humble beginnings as a fruit stand for the Stephens family's melons, the fourth-generation business, off Highway 99, is now a roadside store. Patrons will find the farm's own peaches, prunes, melons, tomatoes, cherries and walnuts, as well as jams, pies, dog treats, gift items and more.


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