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“Go Organic!”
Review of Fairview Gardens

Fairview Gardens
Ranked #6 of 31 things to do in Goleta
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Owner description: Come visit the farm! Founded in 1895, Fairview Gardens is one of the oldest organic farms in southern California and preserved for all to enjoy. Fairview Gardens is a non-profit organization and plays a unique role in the community, providing its neighbors with food, educational events, and a connection to the land. Pack a picnic, visit our farm stand, and take a self-guided tour through our fruit orchards and open space. Bring a camera and get ready for some delicious fun.
Santa Barbara, California
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88 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Go Organic!”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Fresh from the fields nearby, it doesn't get any more healthy than this. They have the best cauliflower, in season. And strawberries to die for. yum.

Visited January 2012
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Huntington Beach, California
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64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Self Guided (Self Motivated)”
Reviewed 22 October 2011

There is an array of beautiful crops that greet visitors as soon as you exit your automobile. Unfortunately, the beauty of the farm doesn't expand beyond the beautiful frontal crops. The remainder of the farm consists of odd looking yurts which people live in, an eerie farmhouse, free range chickens, and less than glamorous vegetation. It was ultimately a disappointing experience as it was completely self guided, and the guide was about ten pages of helpful information, in Spanish.

Visited October 2011
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Santa Monica, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“10 Acres of food as an Artform.”
Reviewed 13 April 2010

I recently attended a Sunday lunch and tour at Fairview Gardens. The farm is small, all organic, and the staff seems more like a family than workers. The menu was extensive, as orchestrated by local chef Erik Stenberg. 90% of the fare was grown on their property and supplemented with food (such as dates and raisins) from other local farms. Some menu items were Raw Kale-walnut date salad; Lemon-marinated kohlrabi with fava beans; and Roasted beets with farm eggs, olive oil green onion, and candied lemon peel!

The conversation during the meal was stimulating, and I found I was in company with many like-minded individuals. We exchanged thoughts on food preparation all the way to food politics. Additionally, I am a raw foodist and found there to be plenty for me to eat in the meal (as well as vegan options- everything was vegetarian).

I had an incredible time and am looking forward to more farm Sunday lunches. I hear there is acoustic music in mind in the future, as well as another diverse menu.

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Thousand Oaks, CA
1 review
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“Great food, warm people and rich earth.”
Reviewed 13 April 2010

We attended an open house recently and were treated to a tour of the farm's Organic growing practices, tasted fresh veggies and berries from the field and then enjoyed a spectacularly delicious meal of fresh picked food off of the farm. Eric was our Chef and Toby Mc Partland showed us the dirt. We joined with others invited to visit who regularly purchase from their Farmer's market stand on Wednesdays in Santa Monica. I'm a committed customer now - even though I'll be driving 40 miles to get there.

Don't forget to buy some thing fresh to take home from the Farm Stand which is always available on the honor system.

Chuck
Thousand Oaks, CA

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Santa Barbara
1 review
“Local, Sustainable Organic Foods at a Beautiful Urban Farm”
Reviewed 13 April 2010

Fairview Gardens produces some of the most amazing food in the Santa Barbara area. If you are concerned with where your food comes from, environmental issues, or food security and sustainability, you should make a stop at the farm--either to bum around and check out the produce and goats or just to buy some delicious seasonal organic foods!

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