Lured by the sight of thousands of colorful winter gourds, we made an impromptu stop while driving through the Santa Ynez Valley last weekend. We found ourselves at Summerset Farm, a produce stand located just north of the towns of Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Los Olivos. Although the Valley is best known as wine country (this is where the film Sideways was set), at Summerset Farm the focus is on organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
The autumn harvest at Summerset Farm includes pumpkins, winged gourds, and turban, hubbard, butternut, banana, delicata, sweet dumpling, and other winter squashes. The farm also has onions, apples, figs, local honey, and a trickle of summer corn and heirloom tomatoes. In addition to the stand in front, visitors may wander through some of the family-friendly gardens in back. During fall, there's a pumpkin patch and a corn maze. In summer, the farm offers a berry maze and berry picking.
The stand is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
Highway 154 & Edison St.
Santa Ynez Valley, CA 93463
(Images: Emily Ho)