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Gold Coast Strawberry Stand SANTA MARIA changes look!

toodie jane | Apr 2, 200611:09 AM

Gold Coast Farms becomes "Gold Coast Marketplace and Costa De Oro Wine Tasting Bar."

I live locally, and wanted to let people know from out of the area that times are a-changin' for Gold Coast Farmstand. I stopped in last week and got the scoop, so thought I'd alert folks who might think the stand is gone.

Gold Coast Farms has had the little red hut open during strawberry season (Feb-Sept) at 101 and Blosser Rd in Santa Maria for about 20 years. It's operated by two SM valley farming families. They sell the most flavorful commercial berries I've ever had(Chandlers), and fresh sweet corn, both yellow and bi-color, which they sell out every day! They also offer other fresh-picked seasonal produce from their farms like broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, summer squash, spinach, etc.

Every time I stop to get berries or corn I hear someone remarking how they can't drive by without stopping, or so-an-so said they HAD to stop there, etc. Word gets around about a good place!

BUT--if you haven't been by recently, you might not know that the property where the stand is has been bought by a developer! New buildings have been put up and Gold Coast Strawberries is moving into one AND will now feature a wine tasting bar (don't know if they will charge for tasting) and a gourmet food section. I asked the manager if they'll keep the old fruit-shaped signs, but she didn't think so. Unfortunate, because the new buildings are owned by the developer who tends toward the flashy yet hard-to-read variety of signs. Then he clutters up the place with a zillion fluttering flags and other distracting icons like anchors and anchor rope. Let's just say that graphic design is not his forte. Hunter's Landing Coffee is his business in the small center.

The location of the center is a small triangle wedged into the intersection of Blosser Rd overpass and 101. (it's the interchange where Costco, In 'n Out, Mc D's, Red Lobster, etc., sit on the west side of the freeway. Northbound, take Blosser Rd exit to the stop sign, and proceed directly across Blosser. Southbound, take Blosser exit and turn right to pass In 'n Out, then turn right on Blosser, go over the freeway and turn right at the bottom of the overpass. Gold Coast farmstand, er, Marketplace, is the building closet to the freeway. They will have a drive-up window for get'n go. I can't wait to try their wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I believe they grow these in the Foxen Canyon area, but not positive. I checked their new website, but it's not up yet.

p.s. Ditch has gone to the doggie play yard in the sky, but new pooch mascot Rosie is fitting in very well. She even looks like Ditch!

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