Driving on La Paloma today my family passed a sign for organic u-pick strawberries. Too good to pass up! We drove in and found not so much a u-pick farm as a glorified home garden. The owner has sold to some local restaurants, but recently decided to open up her farm on the weekends to locals. She walks with you through the garden, tells you what is ready to harvest, and you pick what you like. She charges $30 for one grocery bag, or $45 for two. The farm is open 12:30-4:30 Saturdays and Sundays. She lays out your produce on the blanket in the picture below and then wraps it up for you. I had come directly from the farmer's market, so I only bought a little and she charged me $10.
It is definitely worth checking out. I was impressed by the variety of foods grown- cucumber, different kinds of mint, corn, popcorn, quinoa, amaranth, tomatoes, basil, edible flowers, kale, lettuce, arugula, and grapes. In a shed were shallots, garlic, different varieties of heirloom wheat, and beans. The corn below is black popcorn, which will be dried out enough to pop in another two weeks. I also bought borage flowers and nasturtium which I put in a salad. Borage, also known as Bee Plant, has bright blue flowers that taste like cucumber. They were a beautiful addition to a salad this afternoon. If you would like to visit, the address is 501 Paloma Rd, El Sobrante, CA.
I love trying new foods, cooking, and gardening. I hope to share these experiences on this site. Thanks for taking a look!