farms and orchards

Swanton Berry Farm

Visiting Swanton Berry Farm – A Slow Coast Berry Yummy Stop

A jar of Swanton Berry Farm‘s olallieberry jam is all you need at breakfast to wake up with a smile. A visit to Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport is all you need to appreciate this stretch of California coast dubbed the Slow Coast - as in, how to take our sweet time to find what’s good […]

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Picking Apples in Santa Cruz

Picking Apples in Santa Cruz

Apple harvest 2011. Photos by Frog Mom Back-to-school usually means apple season and last week I was dying to pick fresh apples off the tree to make apple pancakes. However Bay Area u-pick apple farms usually mean a Sonoma trip around Sebastopol or Healdsburg and I was too lazy to go across that big red […]

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Camping Report: Kids’ Breakfast Ideas

Camping Report: Kids’ Breakfast Ideas

Time for breakfast! Photo by C.G. The picture above show a French mom’s dream breakfast for kids: fresh fruit, whole grains and a touch of indulgence. You got your vitamins, proteins, fibers and lipids too. Since we go camping a lot, breakfast is always a meal I like to get right. After all, isn’t breakfast the […]

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After-School Sweets and Treats

After-School Sweets and Treats

The scoop, the real one. Photo by Scream Sorbet That I have a sweet tooth is an understatement. My Twitter profile has “chocoholic” in it. That my kids like to participate in sugary adventures is nothing short of very true. Particularly after school when they look at me like they haven’t been fed in 2 hours. […]

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‘Tis the Season to Pick Chestnuts in the Santa Cruz Mountains

‘Tis the Season to Pick Chestnuts in the Santa Cruz Mountains

On Halloween morning, our family drove down the Santa Cruz Mountains to Skyline Chestnuts, one of our favorite fall season farms. Late October and early November are supposedly the best time to pick chestnuts, a rare treat whose short season only lasts from mid-October through late November. If you don’t squeeze in a visit by Thanksgiving […]

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