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Fall Harvest Visit to Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark

Underwood Family Farms is in Moorpark, but its bounty and beauty make you feel like you’re in the Midwest. The pick-your-own crops include zucchinis as large as your forearm, peppers in every color of the rainbow, and several varieties of tomatoes. Yes, real tomatoes—the kind with taste. Food doesn’t get much fresher than this! And that’s just the start of the fun during Underwood’s Annual Fall Harvest Festival.

In case you pick more than you can carry—and you will—don’t worry; the farm provides wagons to haul your goodies. Crops vary per month, so check the website for what’s currently in season. This fall, don’t miss their carrots, cilantro, squash, zucchini, lettuce, peppers, green onions, tomatoes, raspberries, beets, and, of course, pumpkins. Just be sure to bring your own clippers and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty—you’ll be kneeling in the dirt. Gloves help too, since many of the plants are a tad prickly.

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The Fall Harvest Festival runs throughout October. Wander through a corn maze, watch pig races, listen to live music, roam the cornstalk labyrinth, feed the animals, hop on a wagon ride, and then check out all the food vendors—hello, kettle corn and cheese curds! The farm store sells already harvested fruits and vegetables, just in case you didn’t find what you wanted in the fields. Definitely more fun than a trip to the grocery store, and the veggies taste better too!

Underwood Farm is located at 3370 Sunset Valley Rd. in Moorpark. From CA-210, merge onto CA-118 westbound, and then CA-23 southbound. Exit onto Tierra Rejada Rd. and turn right toward Moorpark. Turn left onto Sunset Valley Rd., and then follow signs to the farm. Free parking; admission varies by date. Check website for ticket prices and current crop schedule. Fall Harvest Festival lasts through October 31, but the farm remains open afterward. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Leashed dogs are welcome at the festival, but no dogs in the pick-your-own fields.

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