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Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark and Somis
Underwood Family Farms has two locations. The location in Moorpark is located at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, only minutes off the 23 freeway. The Somis location is located at 5696 Los Angeles Ave. Which is several miles from the 23 freeway, and can also easily be accessed from the Lewis Rd. exit of the 101 freeway in Camarillo. Both locations off pick-your-own fruits/vegetables depending on the time of year. The Moorpark location has many more activities, including live animal shows, and a harvest festival in the fall. The hours vary at both locations. The cost of admission to the Moorpark location is $3 per person during the week and $5 per person during the weekend. There is no admission cost at the Somis location.
LAwithKids.com has been to the Moorpark location close to ten times and we have also been to four birthday parties there as well. The farm attracts a huge crowd on the weekends during the harvest festival due to the pumpkin patch and many activities for kids including a corn maze, animal show, pony rides, petting zoo, tractor ride, cow-themed ride and train ride. There are also art projects, a bouncy house, several kinds of tricycles and many animals to feed. Many of the activities have an additional fee. In addition to the pumpkin patch, the farm is also a popular place to be during strawberry-picking season. Madison and Logan have gone to pick strawberries with their grandparents twice and have been very successful.
The Somis location is best known for their blueberries and the season runs from Memorial Day Weekend through mid-July and the farm is open seven days/week. We arrived one hour after they opened and there were already at least 15-20 families there. We waited for the tractor ride to take us out to the location where all of the berries were growing. Right after we arrived at the bushes we noticed that they are all covered in mesh tents to keep birds from eating the berries. There was plenty of clearance though so the tent did not impede our movements as we hunted away for the biggest, blue-est and juiciest looking berries. The farm provides plastic containers to keep the berries in once they are picked and we got to work filling them up. We saw several families with 4 or 5 containers full of big berries leaving just as we got to the bushes. It was a little bit of a learning curve trying to determine which berries were ready to be picked, but Madison ad Logan got the hang of it and found plenty to pick.
After we had spent a while gathering up about a pound of berries we got back on the tractor and headed back to the front of the farm. We browsed through the store which was filled with yummy-looking fruit, vegetables and fresh flowers. Outside the store were several goats and chicken to feed (bring quarters to buy the food) and also a sand pit with toys for the kids to play in.
It was a relaxing, fun time and the kids enjoyed picking their own fruit! We are looking forward to visiting Underwood Farms again soon.