On Sunday, Nate and I walked to the farmer's market. He stopped a moment to chat with one of the people working at the Underwood Family Farms stand (which we patronize every week), and she mentioned that the selection at their you-pick farm was really wonderful right now. Nate asked if I wanted to go next weekend...but then we realized that I would be gone for the next two weekends!
In a fit of spontaneity, we left the farmer's market, walked home, got in the car, and drove the 45 minutes to the Underwood Family Farms. It's a gorgeous drive to Ventura County, the chapparal-covered Santa Monicas making way for the golden grass covered and boulder strewn mountains surrounding the Simi Valley, each range seemingly taller than the last.
We made it to the farm, and the bounty did not disappoint.
Tomatoes and peppers of all sizes and colors were the true stars of our yield, though we also picked some eggplant and raspberries.
Sun-warmed and so, so sweet!
We made fried green tomatoes, and a batch of spicy pickled green tomatoes!
Obviously after such an amazing haul, we had to make some delicious snacks for Tapas Sunday! Stay tuned to see what we ate...In the mean time, if you are in the Los Angeles area, I can't recommend a trip to Underwood Family Farms enough!