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Interesting Farm or Dairy's to visit on trip to Santa Barbara

LaurenZ Oct 6, 2008 10:24 AM

Hi All,

We are driving up from San Diego to Santa Barbara over Veterans Day weekend and would love to make the drive more interesting by stopping at neat organic farms or dairy's that sell cheese along the way. Anyone have any suggestions? We don't mind heading off the beaten path. We want to make our drive as interesting as possible.

Thanks for any suggestions!

  1. Chowpatty Oct 6, 2008 10:36 AM

    This would be on the first leg of your trip, but between San Diego and L.A. is Winchester Cheese, which is just off the 15.
    Of course there's the famous Chino Farms, closer to the 5, but they're very expensive. Closed Mondays.

    1. mnosyne Oct 6, 2008 11:26 AM

      In the area between San Diego and Los Angeles, I've visited (a few years ago) a buffalo ranch, a hydroponic farm and a mushroom farm. Between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, near Somis, I think, I visited another quite different mushroom farm, and there are apple ranches near Ojai. I'm sorry I can't remember the names.

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        Bjartmarr Oct 6, 2008 10:36 PM

        You should be able to find a couple by doing a search at localharvest.org.

        1. Kitchen Queen Oct 6, 2008 10:42 PM

          Not a cheese/dairy farm but, Underwood Family Farms is a great place to pick -ur -own fruits and vegetables. You can picnic there and visit farm animals too. www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com If you go, go only to the Moorpark location. While there, you can stop to enjoy the Reagan Presidental Library or at Moorpark College, you can visit their mini-zoo, open every weekend.

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            cls Oct 7, 2008 07:00 AM

            You may want to go a bit North of Santa Barbara for the best choices. Check out this Sunday's LA Times magazine for one spot.

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