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 Farmer’s Market. Known for our citrus, the early spring-time air in Ojai is heavy with the fragrance of blossoming trees. Ojai’s Mediterranean climate has proved superior for avocados as well, and many of the Valley’s California Certified Organic Farmers specialize in both crops.
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, prepared delectables and much more. Not just a mere farmers’ market, this is a weekly event. The 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.
Friends 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 Hwy is open to visitors on Tuesdays and Fridays only, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. You’ll also find them at the Sunday Farmers’ Market.
On the East end of the valley, seasonal fruit is 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, 3277 Ojai Avenue.
Rainbow Bridge Natural Foods Store and Westridge Market are two premium gourmet grocers that offer seven-day access to the best, fresh seasonal offerings – and their deli counters can’t be beat for picnic fare.
Vegetarians and natural food enthusiasts will want to stop at Rainbow Bridge for eclectic fresh salads and hot dishes from the deli counter. Located behind the Arcade at 211 East Matilija Street.
Local and organic produce is also available at Westridge Market. Noted for its fresh produce, premium meats, cheeses and wine, the deli features hearty gourmet fare. On summer weekends follow your nose to their barbeque stand located outside the store at 802 East Ojai Ave.
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