a spring visit to love apple farms

If you keep tabs on the gourmet food scene, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the incredibly talented Chef David Kinch and Michelin rated Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos. Aside from being lauded by locals, Chef Kinch is noted in scores of publications and has garnered both national and international accolades for good reason. Dining at Manresa is a memorable experience. Chef Kinch’s food philosophy is clearly infused into each dish, and the source of the foods he chooses to cook with is a key ingredient in his compositions.

Chef Kinch’s choice to use only organic, pure grown produce brings us to Love Apple Farms. Back in 2005 the chef formed a symbiotic relationship with Cynthia Sandberg’s biodynamic farm which delivers a growing list of foods exclusively to Manresa Restaurant including chickens, eggs, honey, vegetables, goat milk, and multiple herbs.

Beyond sourcing a great deal of the ingredients on Manresa’s menu, Love Apple Farms shares their passion for the earth through cooking and gardening classes at their educational center located in the Santa Cruz mountain range. They also sell their farm-grown tomatoes and edible plants in Scotts Valley.


Though the notion was initially piqued by David Kinch, my desire to visit Love Apple was driven by my fascination with farms that started as a child. At the age of five or six, after a visit to a farm in Upstate New York I wrote a poem capturing the details of the experience. From then on, regardless of which farm I visit, I find myself at peace in the garden and in the open fields. Growing up I would periodically visit a relative’s farm where I had the chance to help pick cantaloups and honeydew melons, and even gather fresh laid eggs from the chicken coup. Later I found myself spending several months working in a citrus grove in a beautiful lush valley.

Oddly, as much as I love farms and visiting them, I don’t seem to have much of a green thumb which explains why I don’t have my own garden just yet. That may eventually change thanks to inspiration by Love Apple Farms along with my friends In My Garden Country Edition and The Daily Palette.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and have an opportunity to venture to the Santa Cruz Mountains for a cooking or gardening glass at Love Apple Farms, do. The excuse may be to have a taste of Manresa’s kitchen garden, or like me enjoy a walk through the garden and take a bite of the farm.


For more on Love Apple Farms, Manresa Restaurant and David Kinch visit:

Grow Better Veggies
Manresa Restaurant
Manresa’s Blog


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6 Responses to a spring visit to love apple farms

  1. shira April 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    Do it!!!!! I’m even available to come to the west coast for a consultation… It is definitely possible to create that “on the farm” feeling at home. I have confidence in you!

  2. Orly April 14, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    I’d love to create an “on the farm” feeling at home! Especially if you’re helping. If you’re coming out for a visit, we may just have to get dirty and start an edible garden in my backyard.

  3. Annapet April 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Happy to inspire ;-), and thank you for the kind mention! Love Apple Farms have the kind of tomatoes I like growing, and I am such a garden geek I start my own tomatoes from seeds. Before the season ends, I shally visit them.

    I’m with Shira. Do it!!!

  4. Orly April 24, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    You’ll love Love Apple Annapet. I may just start a garden one of these days… hope you and Shira can come visit and play in the dirt.

  5. Beth (OMG! Yummy) April 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Beautiful photos. I hope I will be able to join you the next time around! Would love to attend a class there!

  6. Orly April 30, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    Thanks Beth for your note! Glad you enjoyed the photos, and it was wonderful tasting, it would be fun to do one together.