I moved to Orange County in 2010, and have always been fond of Tanaka Farms. It’s a locally owned business that was established in 1940, nestled in between apartment buildings and a golf course in the heart of Irvine. It’s a gorgeous property, and I’m thankful that farms still exist in the middle of metropolitan Orange County.
Back when I arrived in OC, Tanaka Farms had a small-ish market stand where they had a variety of basic fruits and vegetables for sale. They have since expanded quite a bit, and have a fairly large market stand now, complete with fruits and vegetables, home goods and decorations, honey, baked items, and a pick your own strawberry patch.
The farm stand is situated right near the actual farm, so you can look out over the farmland as you shop. In the Autumn, they have a pumpkin patch event that is absolutely HUGE where you can pick your own pumpkin, walk through a corn maze, or take pictures with scare crows. The last time I visited Tanaka Farms was during the pumpkin patch event, and looking at the Spring crops reminded me of my time during the Fall season.
My dad is a pretty big avocado fan, he came with me on this trip.
This is the pick-your-own strawberry patch, where you can pick a pound of strawberries for $5. The farm is right next to Strawberry Fields golf course, so the prevalence of strawberries at the farm definitely makes sense.
They also have a section of baked breads, honey, nuts, and dried fruit.
We grabbed a couple chocolate covered strawberries on our way out, which were super good. It was kind of fun knowing that the strawberries were picked from just a few feet away.
Tanaka Farms is a cute little place that makes for a really nice visit. It really makes me feel like I live out in a more rural area, and I feel really lucky that a space like this exists in the middle of OC.