Size is not everything at this wonderful little farm stand in Rancho Sante Fe, California. Just north of San Diego, Chino Farms is a family-run farm that has been in business for over 30 years. Tucked in the countryside east of Del Mar, Chino Farms sells its just-harvested produce to any and all who stop at their roadside stand. Chefs and home cooks alike patiently stand in line to choose their produce. If you dine in any of the area's best farm-to-table restaurants, you can be sure your veggies are from Chinos.
Since we were there as tourists, and unable to return to our kitchen to prepare a farm-fresh meal, we satsified ourselves with baskets of wild strawberries to nibble on as we drove down coastal route 101 on our way to the beach. In the evening, back at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, we were lucky enough to enjoy a meal at A.R. Valentien where we were told the chef uses fresh produce from Chino Farms.