Berry Picking, Petting Zone, and Train Rides
It’s that time of year again when the weather starts to change and scenic long drives are necessary. Whether you like to go pick apples, visit pumpkin patches, or sip lattes fall activities are on the horizon.
This past weekend I went to Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, California. It’s seems like a great place to get out of the city and breathe the not so fresh (animal droppings) air.
FRESH FRUIT MARKET
At the entrance of the farm visitors can purchase fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, the whole berry family really, watermelons, and of course pumpkins. I arrived a little before 10:00 a.m. and was happy that I went early because of the hot weather.
Weekend admission prices costs $8.00 per person for entry plus the price of tickets if you want to ride the trains, bouncy house, and pony rides.
There’s a cute little area for toddlers and small children to play on a playground. However, this kids corral is a little different as goats are resting overhead on the very own tree house and an old black truck. *There’s also a changing area for parents who have toddlers who are still wearing diapers. For adults there are only porta potties available.
Walking around the family farm there are plenty of animals to see and learn a little information about each species. If you want to feed the animals there are long tubs at to funnel the feed inside the enclosure. Get those quarters ready as it costs .25 cents per handful of animal feed.
THE ANIMAL SHOWTIMES
Three animal showtimes are available during the weekend, they’re at 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. Animal caretakers brings various farm animals to the stage and provide the audience information about their feed, water, and grooming activities.
TRAIN AND PONY RIDES
Two different train rides are available for toddlers and small children to enjoy. Most of the rides costs between 3 to 5 tickets per ride. *One adult can ride for free and accompany a child per train ride. The pony rides are equipped with harnesses so you don’t have to worry about your little one not being able to enjoy this farm activity.
In addition, to the train and pony rides there’s a huge stationary tractor slide and train tunnel for children to climb, have fun and experience.
PICK YOUR OWN PRODUCE
I took a bumpy, and fun ride on a tractor cart out to pick your own produce area. You can choose from berries, mandarin’s, lettuce, hass avocados, tomatoes, and more fresh fruit. Plastic bags are provided for customers and you pay for your produce at the entrance of the farm. *Don’t forget the repellent, there are a lot of bees and other insects because of the live animals.
Most visitors I saw brought their own lunch and sat in the center of the farm on a grass rest area. Underwood Family Farms does sale ice cold drinks, popcorn, and chips if you want to add snacks to your lunch break. However, if you’re looking for nearby restaurants than you’ll want to check out Moorpark Plaza. The plaza has over 35 restaurants and offers everything from Italian to Seafood.
Overall this was a fun outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy. I would recommend that you plan on spending no more than 2 to 3 hours at the farm. *I went a week before the Harvest Festival which has way more pumpkins displays, but there are also a lot more people. Lastly, wear comfortable shoes and clothes because of the hay rides, unpaved ground, and on occasion free chicken who has flown the coop running around.
Underwood Family Farms is located at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA 93021. You can find more information about the produce schedule and Harvest Festival by calling (805) 529-3690 or visiting their website Underwood Family Farms. *Kids under 2 years old get in free, and the admission costs $5.00 per person during the weekday schedule.
What Fall Activities do you have planned for this upcoming season? I would love to read about them in the comments down below.
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