Tanaka Farms Cookout Tour

I love the idea of growing my own food. Unfortunately, we don’t have space in our home for it. Someday, maybe, I’ll look into small space gardening. In the meanwhile, I like touring local farms and seeing what they have to offer. We stopped by Tanaka Farms for the Cookout Tour.

The Cookout Tour began with a tractor ride, well, a wagon pulled by a tractor anyway. My son was beyond thrilled that he got to get up-close and personal with a tractor; he loves trucks. He still remembers Mr. Rocky, the guy who drove the tractor, to this day. Our guide was knowledgeable and made the tour fun. During the tour, we got a little bit of background info about the farm and the vegetables grown that season.

Each participant got their own plastic bag to fill with hand-picked vegetables. Even my son got his own bag. I have never tasted fresh vegetables before, the kind just picked from the ground. They were awesome! Everything was crisper and just tasted better. We sampled vegetables right from the ground; just dusted them off and ate them. My husband thinks I’m a germaphobe (maybe it has something to do with my background in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) but I didn’t have a problem eating the freshly picked vegetables. My son who doesn’t usually eat carrots, kept asking for more. I think the novelty of picking the carrot and eating it was also a factor, in addition to the carrot just tasting so good.

We walked, we picked, we sampled, and we bagged some more. By the end of the harvest, our bags were full. We went to the prep area where we washed our goodies. Again, my son loved this. He takes any opportunity he gets to play with water. After washing the vegetables, the staff prepped and cooked them. While waiting for our food, we had green salad and fresh corn. The corn wasn’t cooked, just freshly picked that morning, and they were delicious. There was so much food that we took home leftovers. We also got to take home a watermelon.

The Cookout Tour was so much fun. I can not recommend it enough. Needless to say that this is an outdoor activity in a working farm, so I suggest wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes, lots of sunscreen, and maybe a wide-brim hat. To recap: my son rode in a wagon, ate fresh vegetables, and the whole family got some physical activity – I was a happy mom.

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Thanks to Tanaka Farms for sponsoring this giveaway.


  1. kolpin says:

    i learned that during the fall, Tanaka Farms has farm animals that you can feed and pet, a corn maze and a wagon ride that will take you out to the real pumpkin patch where you can pick your pumpkin right off the vine. wow!!
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  2. Robin says:

    I learned that The Irvine Stand opens mid-January where they harvest strawberries along with over 50 other different fruits and vegetables. 😀
    I would absolutely love to win this!


  3. dn says:

    I learned that the cookout Tours are now open and it is a fun way to get the family to eat veggies!
    doris1 at gmail dot com

  4. Am says:

    I learned that Tanaka Farms is the only place in Orange County where you can pick your own strawberries and eat them off the vine!

    ammy15 at gmaildotcom

  5. Linda Huynh says:

    I learned that the Irvine Stand opens mid-January when they begin to harvest their sweet strawberries along with over 50 other different fruits and vegetables!

    linda.n.huynh at gmaildotcom

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