Grocery Geek Hits the Central Coast

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One of my favorite places in the world is the Central Coast of California. I went to college and met FishPapa in Santa Barbara where he grew up. My sister lives just over the hill in Solvang and my father-in-law in nearby Santa Ynez. For five years we lived a little farther north from there in Paso Robles and two FishBoys were born in San Luis Obispo. If you know your California geography, you know that these are some fun towns on the Central Coast, about halfway between LA and San Francisco. If you’re California-ignorant, just trust me.

We spent the past week meandering up the coast, visiting family and friends. Our final destination was Monterey. (More on all that next week.)

While I didn’t do any major grocery shopping this week, I did make a fun Grocery Geek pledge at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. (You’ll have to play the video to see what I’m talking about.)

We also stopped twice at our favorite apple place. Thankfully, I didn’t need to get hot, sweaty, or buggy in order to come home with a load of delicious apples. Gopher Glen offers 60 different varieties of farm fresh apples, and you can taste before you buy. Oh my!

The store is obviously filled with all sorts of amazing food items in addition to apples and other fresh produce. We stuck to just apples. The price wasn’t the cheapest I see back home in San Diego. But $1.00/pound is a pretty great deal for apples fresh from the tree. We came home with 60 pounds.

Yes, yes, we did.

We chose some of our favorite varieties such as Spitzenburg and Jonagold which aren’t usually available in the grocery store. I’ll be storing as many as I can for fresh eating and then the rest of my weekend will be spend making apple pies and applesauce to freeze. Yum!

Have you geeked out on groceries lately?

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  1. Oh! That is an EXCELLENT price. 🙂 Cant wait to go to Tehachapi in a week or so and take the kids to actually pick em off the tree. Its so much fun. 😀

  2. I am California ignorant. But I completely trust you. 😉 I love those kind of stores.

  3. I grew up just outside Monterey and miss it dearly! The central coast of CA is just gorgeous and revitalizing! My best friend was from San Luis Obispo and we went down there all the time, it’s such a beautiful and fun place. Those who are CA ignorant (including my own hubby) think that all of CA is like LA and San Fran, but there is an amazing and rich farming community and low key lifestyle tucked in the middle in the Central Coast. I hope you enjoy your trip!

  4. Andrea Cervantes says

    I am so jealous that you lived there and have family there! I love all of the CA coast but I think the central coast is my favorite, too! Good for you! Wish I could go to that place to buy fresh apples!

  5. Been there. Love that.
    Makes me want to plan a return trip!

    P.S. Your blog continues to be an inspiration and encouragement. Thanks so much!

  6. Jonagold is absolutely my FAVORITE apple! I just bought 2 bushel this morning. I’m definitely thinking there are going to be some apple dumplings on our table (and freezer;)) in the very near future.

  7. TallyMichelle says

    heeheehee…I had no idea there were 60 apple varieties, and I am soooo CA geography ignorant…not only do you teach your children, you teach your readers as well! ; )

  8. LOVE that section of California! My family drove up the Pacific Coast Highway for my high school graduation present–being from the east coast, I didn’t know how gorgeous scenery could get! That central coast was by far my favorite part of the drive. Thanks for bringing back memories associated with those cities! 🙂

    And I just made applesauce and apple butter using my apple peeler too. Hubs loves using the device–and eating the results!

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