Where in Orange County, California to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: March 2015: Harvested local apples are still available at farmers and farmer's markets! And of course, you can cut your own Christmas tree, get one already cut or get a libing one to plant after Christmas - see this page. Make your own homemade ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors)) Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!
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I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".
Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!
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South Coast Farms - ORGANIC, strawberries - usually just 1 day a
32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Phone: 949-661-9381. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Primarily, this is a farmstand and CSA. Call to ask them about the 1-day PYO. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: May 25, 2014, from their website) (ADDED: July 02, 2010, suggested by a visitor)
Comments from a visitor on July 16, 2011: "The ONLY pyo crops offered are: Strawberries, and only at the end of the season, for one day. This year (2011), it was Sunday, July 11th. They also have a pumpkin patch, fresh apple cider and crafts for Hallowe'en. "
Comments from a visitor on July 02, 2010: "Apparently they grow everything organic. They also have a CSA program. I have only been there once, but I am going back to pick strawberries this weekend! $1.25 a pound for organic strawberries! That's a great deal in this neck o'the woods!"
Tanaka Farms - pumpkins, strawberries
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, California 92612. Phone: 949-653-2100. Fax: 949-653-9050. Email: Tanaka Farms - Strawberries, pumpkins and other vegetables and fruits. Corn maze. Guided wagon ride around the farm
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA, 92612. Phone: 949-653-2100 or 949-653-9050. Email: TanakaFarms@aol.com. Directions: 2 miles north of I-5 and I-405 interchange, take I-405 to University Dr - South to Strawberry Farms Rd on corner. Click here for a map to our farm. and another map is here. Bring the family out for an exciting adventure which includes: A guided Wagon Ride around the farm, Learn how different fruits & vegetables grow, Taste different fruits and vegetables, Pick and eat your very own Strawberries. For group reservations (ten or more) or weekday tour times, call : (949) 653-2100 Ext. 204. No reservations needed on the weekends for groups of less than ten. 2014 prices: Adults $17.00, Children $17.00, Children (age 2 yrs old and under) Free. Group rates are available call for details. We also have CSA fundraiser available. (UPDATED: May 25, 2014, from their website) (UPDATED: July 06, 2008)
Comments from a visitor on April 15, 2011: "Further clarification on the "U-Pic" part of the farm. For $15, you get to ride on the tractor, get a tour of the many fruits and vegetables on the farm, and a ONE POUND basket for you to fill up with strawberries."
Comments from a visitor on March 27, 2011: "Tanaka Farms has a CSA program through Farm2Table Connect. There is no membership fee, you only pay for the box of fruits/vegetables. The large box is $30 and the small is $20. They will also donate a portion from each box to participating schools. Visit this website for more info. "
Comments from a visitor on August 8, 2008: "I took my husband & son to Tanaka Farms for their "Pick-your-own- strawberries" we went on a guided wagon tour that included several stops to taste fresh picked produce from their farm, we then had 15 minutes to pick and eat as many strawberries as we could. Our 1 1/2 year old son LOVED it. Sure they were the most expensive basket of strawberries ($13 per basket) my husband or I had ever purchased, but those pictures were priceless !! They also offer a Watermelon tour which we intend to go do as well."
Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
unless they are also listed above)
Village at Orange / Sprouts Farmer's Market- Wide variety of
seasonal fruits and vegetables
1500 E Village Way #2279, Orange, CA 92865. Phone: (714) 464-1060. Open: Thursdays, 9 am to 1 pm (rain or shine). Directions: between Katella & Lincoln on Tustin Street; Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only..More Information. Affiliated with Orange County Farm Bureau Sponsored Certified Farmers' Markets. California certified farmers' markets are the real thing - places where genuine farmers sell fruits, nuts and vegetables directly to the public. Every farmer who sells at a certified market is inspected by the county agricultural commissioner to make sure he/she actually grows the commodity being sold.
(ADDED: March 27, 2011, suggested by a visitor)
Comments from a visitor on March 27, 2011: "Have not been to this Farmer's Market, but I work nearby and always see it in the East parking of what used to be the "Orange Mall" which is now called the "Village of Orange" or something like that. Don't know payment options, just know the day of week and hours."
Local Honey Sources:
Backyard Bees - Honey (retail), Honey (wholesale), Buckwheat
honey, Eucalyptus honey, Orange blossom honey, Wildflower honey, Comb
honey, Raw honeys, Ultrafiltered honey, Other honey products, Tours,
Honey from hives on the farm, birthday parties
2216 N Flower St, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Phone: 8004766105. Email: email@example.com. Open: Contact for availability. Directions: Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Honey is a combination of california natives and ornamentals available in Orange County. Our honey comes from hives that are kept naturally and are never fed or treated. Backyard Bees honey is untreated and unfiltered, left in its natural state. (ADDED: February 24, 2015)
Meats, Milk and Eggs:
Horse Rides and More:
Farm Bed And Breakfasts
Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:
Backyard Bees - Banquets / Dinners, Birthday parties,
Business meetings, Classes, lectures or Speakers, School and educational
groups, Other Private Parties, Lighting, Some Tables and chairs are
provided, children welcome, Honey from hives on the farm, birthday
2216 N Flower St, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Phone: 8004766105. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Contact for availability. Directions: Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Backyard garden available for educational groups, tours, meetings, birthday parties and more. Guests will be able to tour gardens and honey house operations. (ADDED: February 24, 2015)
Resources For Farmers
[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!] [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]
Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes
[ All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]