Down on the Farm

A couple of weeks ago when my son was on Spring Break, I decided to combine a trip to the Costa Mesa Farmer’s Market with one to Centennial Farms, which is just steps away. Both of them are held on the OC Fairgrounds, and both are free, so I rejoiced in the prospect of a day’s activiites that were low on cash output.

For some reason, I thought I had remembered seeing the Costa Mesa Farmers Market billed as one of the largest and oldest in OC. If that is the case, they are in big trouble. There were hardly any stands, possibly twenty max. Only a few actually sold fresh fruits and veggies. There were things ilke peanuts and tamales and cookies, which I wasn’t really looking for. To say I was underwhelmed is an understatement.

Then we walked over to Centennial Farms, which is free to the public from 1pm to 4pm. You can go here to get more information. My son had a great time petting the cows, sheep, pigs, and goats. We chose to stay away from the llamas, who looked a bit cranky. There are also a lot of plants, fruits and vegetables to be looked at, and it was nice to be able to show my son the food he eats in its natural state. The sensory experience of being able to touch the carrot stems and artichoke leaves was great for my son.

So, if you have kids, I heartily recommend Centennial Farms, but don’t plan on making a trip to the Farmer’s Market unless you are already going to be there.

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