After living in northern California for a number of years I was spoiled, agriculturally-speaking. I paid little mind to the source of my food at that point and it most likely WAS all local. The temperate climate facilitated a laissez faire mood about food-hunting outings. It seemed other than wild mushroom “season” (which always registered an annual noteworthy poisoning), every other ‘pick your own’ excursion seemed available on my schedule, not Mother Nature’s.
From spring through fall there is always something you can pick yourself at the 40 acre farm. In the very early summer I ventured out to pick sour cherries and red currants. The staff at the farm is oh-so-friendly and helpful about picking tips, ripeness instructions and preparation ideas. I always seem to meet people picking too with a plethora of suggestions.
I find the picking very meditative. The warm sun beating down, the sounds of mothers and small children endeavoring to keep more in the box than in the tots’ mouths. The search for the perfect berry taking you from one side of the row to the other. The color of the ripe berries with the sun back lighting the ruby red color (or peachy yellow in the case of the golden raspberries) is enchanting. And like all things homegrown, the taste is unbeatable.
Though I have never attended their Country Harvest Fair I’m sure it will be a warm celebration of the season and the farm’s patrons as is felt every day there.
- Hours: October Tuesday through Saturday 10-4, November Wednesday and Saturday 10-4. No admission fee.
- Country Harvest Festival: Saturdays only 10/6, 10/19 and 10/23 (admission is charged for this event and includes musical entertainment as well as a number of activities.
- Don’t forget sunscreen and a hat if you plan to be out picking in the prime of the day. They sell water bottles in the farm store if you forget to bring your own. Feel free to bring a picnic or snack to enjoy all the farm has to offer.