It was early Friday morning, summer was approaching, the sun was out and I couldn’t have been more excited for a three-day weekend! Since I live in Los Angeles, I saw this as a perfect excuse to road trip it up to San Francisco to surprise my parents and spend some time with Bay Area friends.
I convinced my childhood friend, Abbie, to come along for the ride. With time on our side, a partner in crime and a fresh playlist to help “Spring into Summer” we had the perfect ingredients for an adventurous weekend. We cruised down the iconic Pacific Coast Highway with the windows rolled down and the wind in our hair until we arrived at one of my favorite destinations, Swanton Berry Farm.
Located just after Santa Cruz near the small town of Davenport, you’ll find the local organic berry-picking field and indoor farm stand. Whether you’re on foot, bike or in a car, this farm’s homestyle strawberry jam, Ollallieberry cobbler, lemonade and berry picking make it a worthwhile detour or adventure all of its own.
Originally founded in 1983, two men shared the same dream to build the first successful organic strawberry farm in California. At that time no one in the farming industry had successfully grown strawberries organically on a commercial scale. By 1987, Swanton Berry Farm became the first certified organic strawberry farm in California. Their hard work shows when you bite into one of there sweet strawberries.
When you arrive at the farm, go ahead and pick your favorite treat and sit and play a board game. Payment is provided using the honor system with the old fashion till (scratch paper provided), You can even grab a journal to read about other roadies who journeyed thru Swanton and share your own story. Swanton Berry Farm invites you to stay, play, and fall in love with the local California culture.
Swanton Berry Farm is located:
25 Swanton Rd.
Davenport, CA 95017
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eleni Hopkins grew up in a home where art and fashion were always the forefront of conversation. A Native to San Francisco, her passion for style, color and texture have made her fearless to take risks in order to stay on the cutting edge of fashion and beauty trends. It was her craft with palettes of color and make-up brushes that prompted her move to Los Angeles and her love for clothing, designers and street trends that have kept her here. With a creative but critical eye, Eleni is excited to share her love for dress up and show readers how to spice up their wardrobe and enjoy their time in front of the mirror.