Love Apple Farms is a biodynamic farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has become our default brain image of an idyllic garden ever since we visited last year. Renowned fine restaurant Manresa in nearby Los Gatos is the lucky beneficiary of much of the focus of operations, serving its produce exclusively every day. But Love Apple also generously opens its grounds to the public for special dinners, tomato seedling sales, and weekend workshops. If you're looking for a great day trip that will also arm you with solid kitchen and gardening techniques, this is your heaven on Earth, not too far from home.
This weekend features two workshops taught by notable local authors Andrea Nguyen (Asian dumplings; Oct. 20) and Pim Techamuanvivit (harvest pies; Oct. 21) as well as an artisan ice cream primer by Penny Ice Creamery's Kendra Baker (Oct. 21). Future instructionals include winter vegetable gardening (Oct. 26), alternative proteins (Oct. 28), and meatless Thai cooking with Techamuanvivit (Nov. 4). Love Apple frequently adds to its course calendar.
Workshops generally run from $55-125 and can be purchased in advance via PayPal through the Love Apple Farm site.