Blue House Farm is an organic farm in Pescadero just south of Half Moon Bay, CA. They grow all sorts of veggies, fruits and cut flowers and I’m one of their lucky CSA box members! Last May, I got the chance to visit the farm and snap some photos. I was excited to meet the farmers that grow the delicious produce in my farm box and see where it was all comes from. It exceeded all my expectations. The farm is simply beautiful, tucked between rolling hills and surrounded by oak and sequoia trees.
Now in their twelfth growing year, Blue House Farm supplies their farmers’ markets, CSA, farm stand, and wholesale accounts with beautiful produce year-round. They specialize in strawberries, tomatoes, leafy greens and peppers, growing diverse varieties that have gained them a cult following throughout the Bay Area. I for one am especially fond of their Early Girl tomatoes and Seascape strawberries! YUM. Their farmers' market schedule can be found here and they have a new farm stand on La Honda Road that's open on Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 5pm. If you're in the area, be sure to check it out! It's the perfect pitstop before heading to the beach.
History of Blue House Farm
Blue House Farm started in 2005 on 4-acres and has grown to more than 60-acres in just over 10 years. When I met owner Ryan Casey, he had recently been awarded a long-term agriculture lease on POST-owned farmland in San Gregorio that will eventually more than double their arable land. Peninsula Open Space Trust (or POST, as it's more commonly known) is an inspiring organization here in the Bay Area whose sole mission is to protect open spaces, farmland and parks in and around Silicon Valley. According to POST Director of Land Stewardship Daniel Olstein, Ryan “has a deep commitment to creating a thriving sustainable local food system and is a leading voice among a growing number of ecologically-minded farmers on the coast." (Source.) Having POST's support is a legit gold star in my book.
When I arrived to Blue House Farm on what was a pleasant overcast morning, I was greeted by Nichole Mikaelian, the farm's CSA Manager. She led me towards the back of the property where farmhands were working diligently to turn the topsoil and harvesting carrots for the week's CSA boxes and farmers' markets. I wandered through corridors of raspberry bushes and rows of baby kale bursting from the rich earth, admiring the lush greens and stillness of this picturesque coastal valley.
Heading back towards the old barn, I came upon the flower crew, busily cutting delphiniums and bachelor buttons. On top of their varied selection of fruits and veggies, Blue House Farm offers a seasonal bouquet as an add-on to their weekly CSA box. You can also find their organic flowers at their farmers' market stalls, Bi-Rite Market in SF or on Goodeggs. Having a party? Getting married? You can buy flowers in bulk directly from the farm for DIY arrangements. NEAT.
After just a few hours on the farm, I was so inspired by all of the hard work that was going into growing such delicious produce and proud to be supporting a small organic farm through my CSA membership. I highly recommend you find your own local farm to support (link here)—and then go and meet your farmers! There is something quite profound but so obvious about seeing where the food you eat comes from. It felt a little bit like coming home.
Many thanks to Ryan and Nichole for having me! And another massive thank you to the whole crew pictured above including Lucky the farmdog for all their hard work.
Note: This post was originally written in July 2016 and expanded upon in January 2018.