Two of Rancho Santa Fe’s Best-Kept Secrets

Chino Family Farm

Even after spending the bulk of my childhood in Rancho Santa Fe, I never really realized how special it is to have such high quality produce right in my own backyard…that is, until today after my first visit to Chino Family Farm!

Chino Farms Sign

When you pull off of Calzada Del Bosque into a small dirt parking lot, you’d never expect to see such a display of vibrant color and fresh fruits and veggies…and the most perfect heirloom tomatoes might I mention.  We can’t wait to make a yummy caprese salad with them tonight!

Chino Family Farms

Be sure to visit their website for hours and their seasonal specials.  Today, we chose heirloom tomatoes and a rainbow watermelon (I had never heard of it…but spoiler alert, it’s not rainbow!  It’s yellow.).  We will certainly be back for more in the coming weeks!

San Elijo Lagoon Trails

For years, I’ve driven by the trail head to San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve off of El Camino Real and La Orilla – but for some reason or another had never explored it!  The lure of an oceanfront walk at Torrey Pines had always prevailed.  The La Orilla trail was prettier than I had ever imagined!  Nestled into the lagoon, the trail is one of the quieter and more peaceful places I’ve been in quite some time.

San Elijo Lagoon 2

At times we were walking on a narrow trail nestled in a forest of hundred year-old trees, and at other points in the trail we were over looking a huge expanse of a marshy swampland (or at least the California-version of it).

San Elijo Lagoon

Happy Sunday!

 


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