While many attribute the local food movement to west coast cities like San Franciso, these movements wouldn’t exist without their agricultural periphery – towns like Half Moon Bay. Home to many farms and a culture that embraces eating local meat, produce and dairy, this small coastal town is a haven for fresh farm products. Half Moon Bay farms are selling all the sustenance you need, giving residents the option to truly be living off their neighbor’s land.
Experiencing this unique aspect of the community is one of the many things that draws visitors to the area. If the local food movement is something you’re interested in or passionate about, consider coming to visit some Half Moon Bay farms and the eating at the restaurants they supply, including the Mill Rose Inn. These are some of the places you definitely want to check out in the area.
Potrero Nuevo Farm
This charming farm just a mile inland from the Pacific Coast in the Tunitas Creek Valley of Half Moon Bay is not simply a beautiful spot to visit, but is inspiring as well. Committed to ecological land management, sustainable agriculture, and accessible food, this unique 300-acre farm is doing things right. Through crop rotation and cover cropping, their land stays healthy without the use of chemicals. Devoted to their local community they host a U-Pick Club for local families, and frequently offer farm tours for groups. Growing 40 crops throughout the season, they also raise chickens who help to increase the land’s fertility, as well as produce eggs for sale.
Arata’s Pumpkin Farm
Arguably the most famous among the Half Moon Bay Farms, and a tourist attraction in itself, Arata’s Pumpkin Farm is a staple in this coastal town. Specializing in, you guessed it, pumpkins, this isn’t exactly the place you’ll be headed to pick up your weekly veggie order, but nevertheless encompasses the farm-life culture of the area. A harvest season attraction and home to many Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival events, Arata’s is worth the trip if you like corn mazes and hay rides for some fall fun.
Repetto’s Greenhouse Florist
Another great opportunity to support Half Moon Bay farms is through your home decor budget. If you love to have fresh flowers at home every week or they’re your favorite kind of gift to send, then you’ll love Repetto’s and their spectacular assortment of year-round fresh cut flowers and exotic arrangement options. Whether it’s a special occasion or just time to rotate that mantelpiece, you’ll love shopping at their gorgeous store.
Coastside Farmers’ Market
If you want a more comprehensive picture of the region’s farm scene, then stop by Coastside Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM May through December. Carrying everything from local cheeses and preserves to grass fed beef, and more fresh produce than you can imagine, this is a foodie’s dream. Voted the Best Farmers’ Market in the Bay Area, you’ll be in for a real treat, and can even pick up some gifts to bring home with you.
Exploring Half Moon Bay farms is a great activity when you’re in the area, as you’ll not only see a great, down-to-earth economy, but meet the exceptional people who are devoted to running it.