Southern California is a great place for farm-fresh food. As people are becoming increasingly interested about where their food comes from and how it was grown, buying high quality food and produce from a local farm is quickly becoming a popular substitute to a trip to the grocery store.
Historically, Orange County was a land of fertile vineyards, orchards, and row crops. Although there is more urban OC than Oranges, Orange County is still home to some great local farms.
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
The produce stand at Tanaka Farms is open year-round with fresh produce from 9am-5pm. The organic produce is picked fresh in the morning. You can call if you are in need of something particular, or to special order their famous chocolate-dipped strawberries. There is always something going on year round. They offer a strawberry tour March through June, a watermelon tour July and August, and in October, you can find a Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms. During the holidays, they provide a great selection of beautiful Washington grown Noble Fir, Doug Fir, Frasier Fir, or Grand Fir Christmas trees.
South Coast Farms
32701 Alipaz Street, San Jan Capistrano, CA 92675
The Farm Stand is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sundays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and is where you can purchase some delicious fruits and vegetables. South Coast Farms have been in the business for 10 years farming certified organic fruits and vegetables in San Juan Capistrano. Their mission is “to provide our community with the best tasting organic fruits and vegetables while farming as good neighbors both to the people we feed and the earth we share”.
Farm Fresh to You
PO Box 391
Anaheim, CA 92815
If you can’t make the trip to your local farm, you can always have the farm deliver. The company “Farm Fresh to You” provides organic produce delivered fresh from the farm to your home or office. According to their website, “Currently over 6,000 families are participating in our family farm’s CSA, Farm Fresh to You. By joining our CSA these families are connecting directly to our farm, Capay Organic, and are receiving regular deliveries of nutrient rich, mouthwatering, organic produce delivered directly to their home or office.”
The company “beachgreens” based in Long Beach delivers organic and sustainably grown produce direct from local Southern California farmers to your home or office in the Greater Long Beach area.
Orange County Family Farm
If you are interested in creating your own farm at home, you may want to check out “Orange County Family Farm”. Their goal is to provide your family with a year-round, at-home farm with fresh, highly-nutritious vegetables, fruit, and herbs. They offer client specific garden plans, nutritional information, soil prep, planting, fertilizing, and crop rotation guidance as well as additional services with garden chores.