Just north of Santa Cruz, roughly 15 minutes from downtown, you’ll find a string of colorful coastal farms stands. During fall, sunny blue skies and lush green ag fields are complemented by stacks of yellow hay bales and rows of bright orange pumpkins. Take a peek at our photo tour below and see why these scenic stops make the perfect fall outing.
Farmers’ market regulars will recognize Rodoni Farms, an organic farm known for their pristine artichokes and Brussels sprouts. During the fall, you can visit their picture-perfect pumpkin patch with rows of the festive squash lining a gentle hill overlooking the water.
4444 Cabrillo Hwy, Santa Cruz
Fambrini’s Farm Fresh Produce
Fambrini’s Farm Fresh Produce is a quaint farm stand with some of the best strawberries on the coast. Pop into the cozy barn shop to nab fresh veggies and fragrant lavender bouquets. During the month of October, you can also take home a pumpkin or two.
Roughly three miles south of Davenport on Highway 1
Swanton Berry Farm
You’ll want to pull over when you see the old yellow pick-up truck that marks the incredibly charming Swanton Berry Farm. Swing open the screen door and step into the cozy farm stand teeming with a giddy assortment of strawberries, jams you can sample, pies, cobblers, and warm cider. Once you’ve assembled your sweet haul, plop some money into the honor system till and dig in at the blue picnic tables outside.
25 Swanton Road, Davenport
Post Street Farm
And for those sticking in Santa Cruz proper, Post Street Farm is a local favorite for fall fun. Their festive decorations, large variety of pumpkins, and other seasonal vegetables and flowers, make this urban farm a gem of the season! Make sure your phone or camera are charged – you’ll love all the photo ops at this place!
122 Post Street, Santa Cruz