A brief and restorative jaunt to Nevada City this weekend yielded a clutch of foodie pleasures. I happened to pull into town just as the city’s small but vibrant farmers’ market was in full swing – the well-populated block was packed with a rainbow of late-season heirloom tomatoes and bell peppers, loads of gorgeous squash, carefully bunched-up greens and root vegetables. Dinner that night at snug and friendly Sushi Q included a knockout sushi roll called the Barcelona – a menu item well worth the drive from Sacramento. I then stayed at a haunted bed and breakfast (the commotion I heard in the middle of the night turned out to be an excited group of paranormal researchers, convinced they’d spied a spirit in Victorian garb sailing through the outdoor fountain area), whose sumptuous breakfast repast included a creamy mushroom strudel speckled with chopped bacon, baked tomato halves and warm-from-the-oven scones.
The Nevada City farmers’ market runs through Oct. 31st from 9am to 1pm; http://ncfarmersmarket.org
Sushi Q, 238 Commercial Street, Nevada City, (530) 265-5757
Red Castle Inn, 109 Prospect Street, Nevada City, (530) 265-5135; http://www.redcastleinn.com