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farm & food tours

Nature's Bounty

Ojai Valley’s rich citrus growing heritage and preference for locally grown and organic produce are yours to enjoy during your visit or to take home from area grocers, farm stands, or the Certified Farmers’ Market. Known for our citrus, especially the Ojai Pixie Tangerine, the early springtime air is naturally perfumed with the uplifting fragrance of blossoming trees. Ojai, California’s Mediterranean climate has proved superior for avocados as well, and many of the Valley’s California Certified Organic Farmers specialize in both crops.

Farm and Food Tours

Two distinguished olive oil ranches are located in Ojai, California.  Learn about the history of the award-winning Ojai Olive Oil while taking a tour and tasting at the ranch. Regalo Olive Oil offers ranch tours and tastings as well.

Sunday mornings everyone gathers at the Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market for the choicest fresh fruits and vegetables, local jams and honey, olive and walnut oil, free range eggs, fresh flowers and succulents, prepared delectables and much more. Not just a mere farmers’ market, this is a weekly event. The live music and people-watching are part of the fun. Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – rain or shine – behind the Arcade at 300 E. Matilija Street. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Friend's Ranches - a small, family operated grower for five generations - specializes in a wide variety of avocados, honey and citrus fruits – including Pixie Tangerines. Be sure to sample the fresh-squeezed juice! Friend’s Ranch Packing House at 15150 Maricopa Highway is open to visitors on Tuesdays and Fridays only, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. You’ll also find them at the Sunday Farmers’ Market.

Frog Creek Farm offers a bounty of pick-your-own lavender for a short time in the summer.  Don't miss the season to pick your own fragrant lavender! The bucolic setting offers a perfect photo opportunity! Saturdays and Sundays in June and July.

Eating Ojai Food Tours offers an up-close glimpse into the exciting culinary scene in Ojai, California.  Held on selected weekends throughout the year, guests will meet chefs, restaurant owners, and sample the best of Ojai’s creative cuisine.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are available at Boccali’s Pizza & Pasta. This popular local eatery grows its own tomatoes, basil, eggplant, peppers, onions, and garlic for restaurant use. On weekends during the summer they sell their excess bounty, plus seasonal citrus, at their own Farm Fresh Produce Stand. Visit Boccali's annual pumpkin patch during the fall. As an extra bonus, Boccali’s has their own boutique vineyard; their wines are available at the restaurant.  3277 Ojai Avenue.