HOME > Chowhound > San Diego >
What have you made lately? Share your food adventure
TELL US

La Costa Farms Stand: only produce now

Leucadian Apr 5, 2008 10:45 AM

For years, the fruit and vegetable stand on La Costa Blvd and Saxony Road has been a great source of good produce and specialty items. I stopped by this morning for some just-picked-this-morning stawberries (excellent, by the way).

Unfortunately, they had a visit from the Health Department, and now can only sell produce. No tamales, no bread, no chocolate dipped strawberries, not even honey. My favorite fix (apart from the strawberries) was a bag of El Nopalito chips, and some cooked salsa (Rojo's?), plus a few tamales. Not a big loss for me, since I can get them at El Nopalito, but a huge adjustment for the fruit stand. Apparently they are required to have a kitchen in a permanent building.

The produce is still there, and it's consistently good, so I hope they can survive this latest wrinkle in the health code. It will be a shame if we lose them.

  1. m
    mayache Jun 8, 2010 07:16 PM

    This yelp review http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-costa-farm... implies the produce there isn't local. Anyone know the straight dope?

    1. l
      lesPaul Jun 8, 2010 05:19 PM

      Mark my words--they will be coming after your backyard gardens very soon, so everyone should support La Costa Farms as much as possible.

      1. toodie jane May 2, 2008 08:41 AM

        Did you see in the news that new state legislation is being introduced to allow related food sales at farmstands w/o bathrooms and triple sinks? Let's hope it's not too late for these folks.

        2 Replies
        1. re: toodie jane
          Leucadian May 2, 2008 02:46 PM

          No, and I couldn't find it in a cursory search. Do you have more details? That would be good news.

          1. re: Leucadian
            l
            littlestevie May 2, 2008 03:25 PM

            It was in yesterdays UT in the business section, I think you can find it on their website. The only thing that I am not sure of is about products that should be refrigerated, i.e. fresh salsa.

        2. l
          LisaSD Apr 15, 2008 02:29 AM

          I liked the sourdough they brought in...so moist. Yeah, I will just have to go down to El Nopalito and get my chips and salsa there. What a shame!

          1. e
            Ela0427 Apr 9, 2008 02:10 PM

            AHHHHH what a bummer.... i got some great challah there before.

            1. l
              littlestevie Apr 7, 2008 10:15 AM

              I am in the same boat as you, I can just trek to El Nopalito and pick up my chips and salsa. but whaa? I don't see the difference between them and a farmers market, and the farmers markets seem to be still selling the things that are verboten at the La Costa farm stand, and the farmers markets might be selling things that are even more delicate to handle, such as oysters.

              1. toodie jane Apr 7, 2008 09:36 AM

                wow--that's strict! I would think that they should be able to sell anything as long as it's commercially produced and packaged. Honey?! (I can understand on the tamales) Were they selling it in old margarine tubs?! WTHeck?

                Our local veg grower sells all sorts of packaged food. Maybe they could branch out and carry more products from certified kitchens.

                1. dockhl Apr 7, 2008 09:28 AM

                  So their wonderful salsa....no more?? :(

                  (I do love their corn and strawberries, though!)

                  1. d
                    DougOLis Apr 7, 2008 09:04 AM

                    They still have the strawberries though right?

                    Show Hidden Posts