some of my fondest memories as a child consist of harvesting summer and fall crops. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that enjoyed gardening & growing our own food. If it even resembled a garden, I called it a 'patch.' Strawberries were my favorite. I even had a little patch of my very own!
Me, 1980, in a Corn Patch
Adult life for me and my family is very different. We live in a community of landscaped, tract homes. We do have a few citrus trees & a very productive apricot tree, but it doesn't really compare to the luxury of land and soil to grow crops. Sometimes I miss getting dirty planting & excited about blossoms and produce, talking about bees and ladybugs, and rainfall. There are moments when I would give it all up for a 'patch' for my own children.
Luckily, California is known for its bountiful produce and here are a TON of U-Pick farms around, good ones, if you know where to find them.
Here are some links to some U-Pick farms and attractions that are TOTALLY worth the effort.