Sunday morning Keith mentioned how fun it would be to go strawberry picking, so we decided to pack up and head out to Phipps Country Farm in Pescadero. We called ahead and found out that there would be no strawberry picking because of the drought we've had in California, but that there were plenty of olallieberries!
In typical coastal fashion, it was a bit overcast on the coast, but the drive down Highway 1 was still beautiful. Pescadero is literally a one stoplight town, they really only had one hanging from a wire, and there is a big giant flag pole in the middle of town.
Phipps Country Farm is a cute little place to do berry picking, shop for local produce and visit farm animals. Berry picking is free for children under 5 or over 60, and costs $3 for all other people. The price per pound for the berries is $3.50. You can also buy carrots (10 cents each) to feed the donkey, which you bet your behind we did!
The farm has a lot of charm, including lots of old rusty tractors and a collection of chainsaws. Kind of creepy, but also sort of neat. If you know me, you know I love old things.
Don't you love that black and white picture of Owen? That's the face he made each time he ate a sour berry, which was often since he insisted on eating the white or red ones.
We took home around two pounds of berries, so I'm flash freezing them to turn them into jam or spread of some sort latter this week. We'll see if I get my act together enough for that though!
That donkey sure loves (and expects!) his carrots from passersby! On our way out to the fields he trotted over to the fence and grunted a bit, as if to say, "Where are my carrots? You know that's the deal, right? You walk by, I get carrots.". We got him a few on the return trip. We spent some time checking out the other animals... pheasants, a turkey, roosters, chickens, goats. The turkey seemed aggressive, are they always that way?
After visiting the farm we were all feeling pretty hungry, so we ventured back up Pescadero Creek Road to the main street, Stage Road. There were a few cute shops with crafty things in them, and one or two little bakery / deli type places. We'd heard great things about the Artichoke Garlic Herb bread from Arcangeli Grocery Co., so we stopped in to pick some up. I also bought a Meyer Lemon EVOO and a Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce.
The Artichoke Garlic Herb bread was out of this world amazing! It was fresh out of the oven when we bought it, so it was really warm on the inside and perfectly crunchy on the inside -- with tons of artichokes inside too. We'll definitely be back for more someday!
We spent some time causing general havoc and chaos along the streets. Sorry to all the people we (by "we", I mean Owen) almost tripped or knocked over during our fun. I think someone put sugar in his bread. The Downtown Local coffee house is one of the coolest, and kind of unexpected, places down there. They have coffee (duh) and all sorts of neat vintagey, antiques inside and some cool spots to sit and enjoy your coffee, like the leather chair Owen sat in.
We had lunch at Duarte's Tavern per recommendation of their olallieberry pie! I tried their cream of artichoke + cream of green chile soups mixed together (per the recommendation of Yelpers) and they were incredible! Keith had the tri tip sandwich, which he said was good. Owen had grilled cheese. We loved the pie too!
We were all stuffed and ready for naps following our long, fun day! We love exploring our area!
PS! I'm guest posting to day over on Running from the Law as part of Sara's Photography for Mom's series! I'm sharing some tips & tricks that I've learned in the last few years to get good pictures of my kiddo, so be sure to swing by and check it out -- and while you're there check out the rest of the posts in the series. I've already learned so much from what the other moms have had to share!