Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand Market & Organic Cafe

If you live in the US and you consume organic produce, most likely you are familiar with Earthbound Farm. I personally love their organic arugula, spinach, and mixed greens. 

During a recent trip to Carmel By The Sea, we came across the Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand, located just down the road from the original 2.5 acres farm.

As we walked into the Farm Stand, we learned from one of the employees that Earthbound Farm was established in 1984. Over two decades later, the company employed 150 growers on 30,000 acres. By 2015 nearly 50,000 acres were in production.  This is the largest producer of organic salads in the US.  It was the first company to produce pre-washed  and packaged salad greens on an industrial scale.

Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand was established in 1992 as an outdoor seasonal farm stand to sell fresh and delicious Earthbound Farm organic produce. In 2003, they expanded the Farm Stand and opened an Organic Café (at the time, it was just the third certified organic kitchen in the country).

The market offers beautiful organic produce, flowers, earth-friendly gifts and locally-produced specialty organic packaged foods.

The Organic Café features hot meals, sandwiches, smoothies and a great salad bar fully loaded with all Earthbound Farm produce. 

We ordered colorful and organic fresh juices, salads, and dessert.

This raw vegan blueberry cheesecake was surprisingly light and not too sweet. Perfection, in my books!

The surrounding property is wonderful. You can enjoy your meal on their outdoor patio too!

Feeling like an ant in this gigantic chair – with my “sole” sis Wendy

You can also take a tour of their organic grounds or pick your own fresh herbs from the garden and berries from their patch. Since we arrived late in the day, we didn’t have a chance to do this but I am pretty sure we’ll be back next year.  This is a lovely place to stop on your way to Carmel By The Sea ( it’s just 10 minutes away).

For more information about the Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand, click here

Spring is here!

“It was one of those March days, when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade”. -Charles Dickens

And so I went to Chino Farms and its Vegetable Stand in Rancho Santa Fe, looking for fresh produce and inspiration. This is what I came across: Vibrant radishes and beets in beautiful reds, pink and purple hues. Stunning peppers in three shades of yellow and orange. Mustard greens, lacinato kale and lots of greens. A beautiful explosion of colors!

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Happy Spring, everyone!
~ From SunshineandKale
“Colors are the smiles of nature” – Leigh Hunt

About Chino Farm

Chino Farm is a small, local, seasonal, family owned vegetable farm.  They sell to the public as well as to some local renown restaurants like  Chez PanisseGeorge’s at the CoveMille FleursDolce Pane E Vino and Market Del Mar to name a few. They are located at 6123 Calzada Del Bosque, just off Via de la Valle.  Their hours of operations are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.  Their website is Chino Family Farm

Rancho Bernardo Farmers Market

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The RB Farmers Market opens every Friday from 9 am to 1 pm. It’s located in the Rancho Bernardo Winery. They have a good selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables. They also offer fresh-cut flowers, home-made salsas, hummus and spreads, organic breads, few handcrafted items, green drinks and crepes. This farmers market is the perfect size and not overcrowded. They have few but very selective vendors.

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I love this zucchini blossoms.  I have never cooked with them but I recently came across a couple of recipes that uses them, including  a Cashew (Vegan) Cheeze Stuffed Squash Blossoms from Vegan Appetite. I purchased a bunch to give it a try.

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I also tasted the GreensPlease’s Green Green Green. It was earthy and very VERY … take a guess … GREEN!

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I purchased an interesting item, a Spanish Rasca Ajos or garlic grater. It’s a hand-made hand-painted ceramic grater. It can be used with garlic, chocolate, ginger, etc… Chef EJ, the owner, showed me videos of the Spanish artisans making these pieces of art. He informed me that he just returned from Cordoba, in Southern Spain, where these are made.  I paid $20 for this grater plus a garlic peeler and brush.  If you want to learn more about this product, check his website: Buy Garlic Grater

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My final stop was Cassie’s Crepes. They offer several vegan options. I ordered their Green Garden with garlic, mushroom, avocado, tomato, spinach, caramelized onions, cucumber, yellow squash and fresh pesto sauce.  It was the perfect brunch! If you are not into veggies, don’t worry. Everyone else around me was ordering crepes with fruit and chocolate.

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This was my first visit to the RB Farmers Market. I have been to the Rancho Bernardo Winery several times so I didn’t stop by the Village Shops or the Tasting Room afterwards but I truly recommend it. I wish I worked closer to this place. I could have breakfast at this Farmers Market every Friday!

Address: Bernardo Winery 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte San Diego, CA 92128.