A Little Slice of Organic Heaven: Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand
Nestled in California’s Carmel Valley, just down the road from Earthbound Farm’s original 2 ½-acre farm, is our Farm Stand. A cherished destination for organic food by locals and out-of-town visitors alike, the Farm Stand is a living celebration of Earthbound Farm’s heritage and mission to bring the benefits of organic to as many people as possible.
The Farm Stand was established in 1992 as an outdoor seasonal farm stand to sell fresh and delicious Earthbound Farm organic produce, when our founders Drew and Myra Goodman outgrew their original home-based operations. A few years later, some old Mission Ranch hotel buildings slated for demolition were moved onto the Farm Stand property and repurposed as a permanent structure for the market. In 2003, we expanded the Farm Stand and opened an organic café (at the time, it was just the third certified organic kitchen in the country), and we stayed open year-round for the first time.
Today, most people come to the Farm Stand to partake in its delicious organic café, which features hot meals, sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, and an amazingly fresh, abundant and ever-changing organic salad bar. Some locals also stop to get select groceries at our market, which offers beautiful organic produce; delicious, often locally-produced specialty organic packaged goods; flowers and Earth-friendly gifts.
But the Farm Stand is more than just a market and café…it’s a destination that provides both an engaging and educational experience. Take a tour of our organic grounds with our resident expert Farmer Janna; or pick your own fresh herbs from the herb garden and berries from the berry patch. Let the little ones discover new foods in the Kids’ Alphabet Garden.
Regardless of the reason for your visit, it’s hard not to be enchanted by the warm, welcoming and knowledgeable staff and end up staying to enjoy the food while taking in the solace and sanctuary of the grounds and the backdrop of the verdant Carmel Valley.
The market and surrounding property (including our gardens) are open to enjoy year-round. To show our appreciation for the community we serve, and those passing through town who want some local flavor and history, we host a variety of seasonal, kid-friendly and educational events and garden tours.