Looking for a Locally Grown OC Pumpkin?

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.

Harvested Pumpkins1) 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 though which 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.

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Spring Celebration May 15th at Newport Beach Farmers’ Market

May 3rd, 2011 by Stacey Blaschke

One of OC’s newer farmers’ markets,the Newport Beach Farmers’ Market, www.newportbeachfm.com,  is holding is holding a spring celebration on Sunday May 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The days events and festivities will include:

  • Cooking demos
  • Kid zone
  • Live jazz band
  • Raffles
  • Give aways
  • Yummy samples

Vendors at the market during various times of the year include: Arnett Farms *, Beyond Bok Choy *, Ha’s Apple Farm, Hopkins AG, Lynne’s Honey, Maldonado Flowers, Menos Farms, McGrath Farms *, Pudwill Farms *, Sahu Subtropicals *, Tenerelli Farms *, Valley Center Growers and Winchester Orchids.


The market is located at Lido Marina Village 3400 Via Oporto in Newport Beach.

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Orange Farmer’s Market Opening Day on May 7th

April 19th, 2011 by Stacey Blaschke

Orange Home GrownSlow Food Orange County and the Grain Project have been supporting the good people at Orange Home Gin the City of Orange to help get their dream of a Saturday Farmers and Artisans Market off the ground, and it is becoming reality on Saturday, May 7th! The market will be held at Chapman University’s Historic Villa Park Orchards Packinghouse lot at the corner of Cypress and Palm Avenues from 8am – noon. Please come out and show your support for this highly-anticipated market, you will be sure to see some other SFOC friends.

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