Although Southern California is best known for sandy beaches and breathtaking oceans, it also has some pretty amazing farms that deserve a little attention. Especially when you need to get away from it all, there’s nothing like taking some time to head out to the country and experience life at a slower pace on a local farm. Here are 10 farms in SoCal that will help you capture the charm of life out in the country. You may never want to go back to the city again.
1. Tanaka Farms in Irvine
Tanaka Farms is all about responsible farming and focuses on using Responsible Farming Methods to produce fruits and veggies that are grown without chemicals.
A trip to this farm is perfect for a day of berry picking with the family or taking a free wagon ride to check out the lush, green surroundings.
2. Farm Sanctuary in Acton, CA
45 minutes outside the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, you will find this 26-acre farm that serves as a sanctuary for rescued farm animals. The farm offers tours on Saturdays and Sundays so make sure to sign up to see this farm in action as it is an incredibly heart warming experience.
3. McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo
A certified organic family farm in Ventura County that believes in the value of bringing fresh, seasonal produce to the community. Spend a day at the farm picking your own produce or pick up a few things at the onsite farmers market to take home.
4. San Diego Golden Hop Farm in Fallbrook
This quaint farm grows hops for the local craft beer industry. You can support this local farm and feel good about drinking a nice, cold brew to support the farmers. In addition to growing and selling hops, this farm also hosts harvest parties and Agri-tours. Sounds like a fun place to hang out in the country.
5. Willowbrook Apple Farm
This old fashioned farm is only an hour outside Los Angeles and Orange County. You'll have to wait for the fall for Willowbrook to open, but those juicy looking apples are well worth the wait. Not only can you pick your own apples, but you can make your own apple cider while you're there. Yum!
6. Providence Cherry Farm in Beaumont
Look at the gorgeous cherry trees in bloom. Just one of the many things you will enjoy at this organic orchard in Beaumont.
7. Hidden Haven Farms in Jamul
Going to Hidden Haven Farms is like stepping back into the past. Become one with the farm and learn how to do activities like beekeeping, milking a cow or riding a horse, as part of their special programs and services that introduce farm life to the general public.
8. Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark
Spend a day at the farm and pick your own fruit and veggies, shop at the onsite farmers market, or take a guided farm tour to learn more about the farm lifestyle.
9. Suzie's Farms
There are 70-acres to enjoy at this family owned organic farm 17-miles south of San Diego near Tijuana. The farm hosts festive activities all year long to bring the community together. This coming weekend, on April 30th, is the final Saturday to enjoy Strawberry Jam -- a U-pick event where you get to pick your own strawberries.
10. M&M Peach Ranch in Lake Hughes
Add peach picking to your farm tour, which begins in August, and pluck fresh peaches off the trees at this organic peach farm in Lake Hughes.
Peach pie, anyone?
These local farms in SoCal are the perfect place to recharge and rejuvenate. Head out to the country and spend some time picking your own produce, say hello to the farm animals, and take in the peaceful surroundings of the countryside. It’s wonderful to try new things, especially here in Southern California. What a wonderful place to live!