September 25th, 2013 by Linda Elbert
October 25th, 2013 by Stacey Blaschke
If you looking to buy local pumpkins this year here are some suggestions from a recent OC Weekly story.
1) Westminster High School’s Future Farmers of America program, which sells the harvest of pumpkins and fruit every Wednesday afternoon at the farmer’s market at the Westminster Mall. One day every year, the farm is open to the public during it’s annual Fall Festival. This year, it’s Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They grow six varieties of jack o’ lantern pumpkins, including Fairytales and White Ghosts.
Westminster High School, 14325 Goldenwest St., Westminster. (714) 893-1381.
To get to the farm: enter from Goldenwest Street, turn onto Main Street into campus, and follow it past the football fields until you reach the farm.
2) Tanaka Farms in Irvine welcomes the public daily to pick pumpkins from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no admission fee. A 6-to-8-pound pumpkin runs $3.25, and there’s a sliding scale from there, up to a 30-pound pumpkin. Tanaka Farms, 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine (949) 653-2100; www.tanakafarms.com.
3) South Coast Farms in San Juan Capistrano on the last three weekends in October for a pumpkin “choosing,” and craft activities for the youngsters. They do not grow jack o’ lantern pumpkins, so you can’t take the kids for a pick-from-the-field experience. They truck those in from elsewhere, and you choose from the pumpkins set up in their farm stand parking lot. Pumpkins cost 49 cents per pound. They do grow organic pie pumpkins thought that you can use for your holiday baking.
South Coast Farms, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 661-9381;www.southcoastfarms.com.
For more info and detail see the original OC Weekly story here.
Supper Fundraising Event to Support Local Farmers and the Newport Beach Farmer’s Market, October 20th, 6-‐8:30pm
September 20th, 2013 by Ted Wright
Join the Newport Beach Farmersʼ Market and Le Pain Quotidien Fashion Island for an inaugural celebration of local food and farmers. This special farm-to-table dining experience will feature local chefs participating at the farmersʼ marketʼs chef-to-farmer demonstration series program and local farmers who participate every Sunday at the farmersʼ market.
A three-course family style meal will be provided as well as non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine.
Local chefs will discuss their unique relationship with the farmersʼ market that includes: sourcing ingredients directly from farmers and demonstrating healthy fresh recipes for the local community at the farmersʼ market on Sundays.
Local farmers will provide “table talks” for an in-depth look at what it’s like to grow vegetables in Southern California, the trials and errors of local beekeeping, sustainable cattle ranching, and producing genuine California crushed and pressed extra-virgin olive oil.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please follow this link.