Our Slow Food colleagues in the Ojai convivium have shared with us news about the early summer bounty in the Ojai/Ventura area:
K.B. Hall’s 100-year-old apricot orchard in the Upper Ojai Valley is packed with apricots with this year. The farm stand on Hwy 150 between Santa Paula and Ojai (near the Summit) should be open this weekend. There hasn’t been a crop for several years, so don’t miss out.
Also in the Upper Ojai all summer is your opportunity to visit a lavender farm and pick your own lavender at the New Oak Ranch. Throughout the lavender season (most likely through mid-September), New Oak Ranch will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Other days and times can be arranged by calling 805.640.1189. Check out their website at newoakranch.com for the whole story and directions.