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Great local fruit farms?


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Great local fruit farms?

MichaelB | Sep 8, 2006 03:33 AM

I'm wondering if there are any under-the-radar places in the area (say, out to 495) that sell their own, or locally-grown fruit of exceptional quality. Whenever I hear people wax poetic about the Santa Monica farmer's market and the 5 different kinds of white peaches, yadda yadda, I get jealous, then I wonder if I'm just missing some sort of bounty here in my own backyard.

I'm really looking for unusual stuff -- the local apricots I was going on about early this summer were an example -- say, greengage plums, or particularly excellent berries, anything that's superior to the local norm (much of which is quite good right now, I'm just looking for GREAT).

For fall fruits I'd nominate a place like Noquochoke Orchards, who have an amazing variety of apples, some good pears, quinces, and a few other old-fashioned things (like macomber turnips). They actually had some damson plums recently, so that was a nice find. Cook's Orchards used to bring more fruits to market, now they seem to concentrate on baked goods. Is Ward's Berry Farm worth the special trip? And are there farms that don't bother to go to the farmer's markets, that just grow small quantities? That's really what I mean by under-the-radar. TIA, and I hope there are some houndish finds out there!

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