don’t panic, it’s organic

farming organic

Total Escape has been online 21 years this month!
The unique, independent, outdoor travel resource for California, Off the Beaten Path.

October marks another anniversary for this outdoor web site, specific to the small towns and back roads of California. Cool weather is here, winds are picking up, leaves on the trees are changing color (if they have not been toasted by the triple-digit heat waves this past summer). See Autumn Aspens in California.

stay on trails

coastal farm

Celebrate this 21st year for Total Escape, by getting more involved in outside recreation, more often and focusing on a healthier body. Which means eating right; organic food (as much as possible) and getting plenty of fresh air and physical exercise.

Other ways for positive change:

don’t litter / pick up trash
clean out the camp fire pit
don’t pollute waterways
use biodegradable soaps
grow only by organic methods
don’t move firewood
educate others on outdoor ethics

tread light outdoors


Autumn is harvest time for many foods! Since the state of California is a world leader in food production, we have an abundance of food growing, all year long, all over – from the north mountains to the southern deserts.

During the summer months, you can easily find fresh fruit at highways stands all over the golden state. Several vendors are close to freeways, like the ones south of Bakersfield, but most farm stands are located on county road or state routes. Highways, paved and easily accessible for the masses.

Some family farm stands are tucked way back in neighborhood streets and may take more navigation to find.

Farmers Markets are great, but seasonal schedules and winter closures puts these locations on a temporary basis half the year. Most produce stands that are open year-round, are well worth the stop. Shop locally and support your local CSA (community support agriculture) program where available.

below are just a few places to find farm stands:

N San Diego County: La Costa Farms @ La Costa Road, lagoon, near I-5

Central Coast: farm town of Arroyo Grande, bordering Grover Beach. Farm stand on The Pike. Avila has a Barn, right near the 101 freeway.

US Hwy 101, N of Gaviota State Park, exit @ Nojoqui Falls for “Classic Organic” (pictured at top)

Agriculture Watsonvillle has fresh food stands along Pacific Highway 1.

Castroville and Gilroy are both farming towns w/ produce available. I-5 exit for Hwy 152, San Luis Reservoir leads west to “Casa de Fruta” which has an RV Park for camping on premises.

Imperial County has numerous local farm stands.

along 2-lane Hwy 70 – Marysville to Oroville

along 2-lane Hwy 99 – Chico to Red Bluff

winter hikes

mountain biking


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