You have got to go here…Tanaka Farms – Irvine, Calif.
Isn’t this picture enough to make you want to visit Tanaka Farms? Look at all those awesome pumpkins that you can pick yourself!!!
Tanaka Farms is located in Irvine, Calif., not far off the 405 freeway. If you live in the Southern California area or are visiting, it is worth a trip. Since we don’t really have seasons here in California, going to the Tanka Farms to pick pumpkins makes me feel like it is fall outside – even if it is 80 degrees. Did you catch what I said? PICK PUMPKINS! That is right, you can pick them right off the vine. While some have been picked for those who may not be as adventurous, there are plenty available for you to get your hands dirty…my favorite part! There are orange ones, white ones, green ones…OH MY!
After many trips up and down the rows (and longer than I wish to admit), I finally found my perfect pumpkins. Take your time, have fun! I promise there is nothing like picking your own pumpkins. I was so giddy and excited…it made me feel like a kid again!
So you think the fun is over right? NO WAY…Have you ever seen a pumpkin cannon? Well now is your chance. I know it sounds silly, but it was totally rad (yah I said it!). Seeing a pumpkin shoot into the sky and smash into pieces on the hillside was so much fun. I mean come one, you don’t see that everyday! The only thing that would have made it better was if I got to push the button, but sadly that didn’t happen…hahaha!
My suggestion: stay for at least two pumpkins…you won’t be sorry
Now you think all the fun is over right? NOT EVEN CLOSE! Have you ever picked your own veggies? Well, Tanaka Farms lets you do that too! They have radishes, green onions, green beans and carrots (all organic). I actually got to pick my side dishes – truly farm to table. The U-PICK veggies are $2.99 a pound and well worth it. You can’t get any fresher than that.
Are you ready for more? There is also a corn maze, BBQ, produce stand (with farm fresh fruits, veggies, and more) and a petting zoo. Interested in getting a box of fresh fruits and veggies once a week? Sign-up for the “Community Supported Agriculture” program and your wish is Tanaka Farms command.
As you can probably see pumpkin season is my favorite, but Tanka Farms offers year round U-Pick opportunities: strawberries in the spring,watermelons in the summer and Christmas Trees in the winter.
OK, well I am going to leave you with one more pictures to temp you into visiting Tanka Farms this season…look at my loot!
Tanaka Farms is great! Two thumbs up.