Saturday, October 23, 2010


  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.


Toms Farms/Pumpkins:

Oak Glen/Apples & Berries:,

Cherry Valley/Cherries:


Santa Barbara/Blueberries:

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