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Hi all, I am very interested in supporting the local farmers during this tough economy. I would like to visit farms, dairies, etc... that are a bit more on the unusual side. For example, some places I would like to visit are goat dairies, mushroom farms, cheese making places, etc...Does anyone have any ideas? This can be in the san diego vicinity area, but if it is really unusual, it can be anywhere in california. Thank you!!!

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  1. there's an emu ranch out in Santee/Lakeside

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    1. re: DougOLis

      That would be Hilliker's and they're primarily an egg ranch (good, fresh eggs!) where emus are also raised. Good call, Doug, and I think it would be a good addition to buttacups's list.

      1. re: phee

        I think I was thinking of A&W Emu Ranch. Are they affiliated?

        1. re: DougOLis

          Don't you know you can't be informing me about businesses in my neck of the woods that I don't even know about?!? ;-)

          A & 'W is news to me, so I have no idea if they're affiliated. Hilliker's has a few emus roaming the grounds, so I guess you couldn't classify them as a "ranch". When you said "Santee/Lakeside", I thought you must have mean Lakeside, as ranches are more prevalent there. Who knew you could raise emus in a residential area so close to Santee Lakes? Obviously, not me!

      2. Dennis at Sea Rocket Bistro does a lot of visiting unusual places, including mushroom farms and cheese makers, if memory serves. Check out his blog, particularly deep in the archives, for ideas. . http://searocketbistro.com/

        1. Gosh I would go to the farmers markets. The vendors are talkative, and you might get leads as to some places to visit.