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Agriculture Adventures


Tehachapi Apples
Let's face it; almost all of us want to taste what the locals enjoy when we travel to a new location. So, we're sharing with you some of the very best home-grown and home-produced treats in the area. Admittedly, not all of these may fall under the strict definition of 'agritourism,' but if they are locally produced favorites, they are here. We're even tossing in a cattle drive. Note: Some of these locations fall outside the confines of the Santa Clarita Valley.

For more ideas to satisfy your tastebuds, see our Restaurants section.


TASTEBUD AND TUMMY TOURS

Bakery Jazmin's Bakery

661-799-2915, Newhall
This great little bakery serves up authentic Mexican breads and pastries alongside French specialties. If you have a favorite family recipe and don't have time to bake the cake, talk to Owner Juan Tomas Bernabe; he'll probably make it for you.
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Wine
Santa Clarita Valley is said to be the "gateway to the wine country." And with good reason. Our very own Agua Dulce Vineyards should be your first stop in exploring the wineries of California.

Agua Dulce Vineyard (20 minutes)
661-268-7402
Located near Vasquez Rocks, this little winery has earned numerous awards in national wine competitions. It's a 90-acre, fully operational vineyard and winery, featuring daily wine tasting and tours, a gourmet gift shop, and wine sales. You'll find Sangiovese as well as more common varietals. Educational wine classes are offered.
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VENTURING OUTSIDE OF THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY...

Giessinger Winery (40 minutes)
805-524-5000
Located in Fillmore, about thirty minutes from Santa Clarita. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting, French gourmet sandwiches, and gift items. Be sure to sample the port, which stands out along with their other delicious wines. Note: When visiting Giessinger, don't miss the other agritourism stops along Hwy 126 noted below.
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Produce
Lombardi Ranch
661-296-8697
Located just south of Vasquez Canyon Road on Bouquet Canyon Road, this market is open mid-summer to late autumn. They are well-known for their delicious veggies and wonderful autumn events.
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Farmers Markets
College of the Canyons
(off Valencia Blvd near Interstate 5)
Sunday mornings, 8:00 am to noon, this market runs all year long and features seasonal produce, eggs, flowers, bakery, and ready-made foods. Certified organic.
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Newhall Farmers Market
(off San Fernando Road in Newhall)
Thursday evenings from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Check the website, as they close down in the winter months. Seasonal produce, flowers, bakery and ready-made foods.
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VENTURING OUTSIDE OF THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY...

Stone Fruit
The Littlerock area gets chilly nights which are perfect for cherries, plums, peaches, apricots...and apples. Scroll down to the "Los Angeles" section of this site for individual farms.
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Blum Ranch
661-947-2796
(30 minutes)
Peaches, pears, lilacs, honey and almonds can all be found here in Acton. Unlike the Santa Clarita Valley, Acton receives hard freezes, which produce some of these nostalgic favorites for those of us who've relocated here from 'back east.' ('Back east' is defined by many Californians as any state east of California.)
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Cherries
Leona Valley, just under an hour from Santa Clarita, is home to twenty orchards.
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Apples, Raspberries & Lavender in Tehachapi
(1 hour)
The ranches you will find in this rural community will tantalize all of your senses. Culinary delights such as apple crisp, pumpkin bread and pressed cider accompany fresh produce, lavender products and other gift items. Check the Tehachapi Growers Association website (above) for details on product availability and hours. Be sure to stop in at the Apple Shed for one of their five Eggs Benedict dishes, lunch or a bakery treat. Their country store is lots of fun and the place is guaranteed to be hopping with hungry visitors. Pack some snacks from your stops in Tehachapi and take time for a picnic while viewing the Tehachapi Loop Best viewed from Tehachapi-Woodford Road about 8 miles west of Tehachapi, this 19th century engineering marvel attracts curious spectators from miles around. Civil Engineer William Hood solved the 'unsolvable' problem of building the railway through the extremely steep section of mountains to the Tehachapi Pass. Look for a path leading up to an unmarked overlook, which offers the best view. Bring a lunch, camera and binoculars.
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Citrus
(30 minutes)
Travel west on Hwy 126 through the citrus-growing communities of Piru and Fillmore. Produce stands dot the side of the highway, located on the literal fringe of the groves. You'll find California-grown oranges, lemons, limes, olives, veggies, nuts and flowers. Watch for seasonal strawberries, pomegranates and figs. Check SCV farmer's markets if you don't want to make the drive.
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Strawberries
(one hour)
Head on over to Oxnard to find more fruits, veggies and flowers sold by local farmers. Roadside stands may be found along Hueneme Road, Gonzales Road, Rice Avenue, Victoria Avenue, and Harbor Boulevard. Pick up a Produce & Flower Stand Guide at the Oxnard Convention & Visitor's Bureau (200 W. Seventh). You'll also find Oxnard strawberries at our local farmer's markets.
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Honey

VENTURING OUTSIDE OF THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY...

Bennet's Honey Farm
(40 minutes)
3177 E. Telegraph Road, Fillmore
800-521-2889
So fresh the bees are still buzzing around the little storefront! It's located just off Hwy 126 in Fillmore. Check to see if you can get a behind-the-scenes tour on your visit and see how the honey is processed.
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Ostrich Farm

VENTURING OUTSIDE OF THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY...

Indian Point Ranch
(1 hour, 15 minutes)
661-822-9131
Drop in or call ahead for a tour. Gift and antique shops on property. Groups of twenty or more may opt for an ostrich burger barbeque package.
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Seafood

VENTURING OUTSIDE OF THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY...

Seafood
Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard
(1 hour)
805-985-4852
From the ocean to the tank to the chef to your plate, all in the same day--now, that's fresh! Shellfish, sushi, and other delicious items available at numerous restaurants. Watch the sunset over the water for the perfect end to a delicious day.
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CHRISTMAS TREE AND PUMPKIN TOURS

Nancy's Ranch
661-255-6943
Whether its the perfect pumpkin or Christmas tree, Nancy is sure to have it. Located on Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia. Open select months.
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Lombardi Ranch
661-296-8697
Located just south of Vasquez Canyon Road on Bouquet Canyon Road, this market is open mid-summer to late autumn. Special events run during the autumn months.
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ADDITIONAL AGRITOURISM OPPORTUNITIES

Savor the Flavors of Santa Barbara (1.5 to 2.5 hours)
Whether you want to reproduce the Sideways tour or create your own through lavender fields, orchards, wineries and an ostrich farm, everything you need is right here. This tour guides you through Santa Barbara County.
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The Small Farm Center,
University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Locate other agritourism throughout the State of California. Database is easy to use.

Ag Adventures of the Central Coast
Eat, sleep & play on a farm; go on a cattle drive; or pick your own produce.

Winery Tours of California
Californians know great wine isn't found just in the Napa Valley. Visit this site to find a list of wine regions throughout California. (Select "Activities & Attractions" then "Food & Wine." You'll find the links from there.)

California Fairs, Farm Shows and Farm Trails Sites
Courtesy of the California Farm Trail Federation


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