Well, it's April and the produce stand at Hacienda Hay and Feed in Carmel Valley is open for the season!
With working dogs to help unload the hay....
new baby chicks......
..... fresh sweet peas, amazing handmade salsas and guacamole, and even fresh fish, the produce stand at Hacienda Hay and Feed is always a fun stop, and one not-to-be-missed on your travels through Carmel.
Owner Jo Murilao, a native Californian and long time restauranteur, opened the produce stand three years ago in partnership with Hacienda Hay and Feed....
(if you ask, he'll help you come up with an idea for dinner....)
and makes available some of our area's beautiful offerings; peas, pears, lettuce, dates, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, beets, zucchini, onions, and much more.
The mango-papaya salsa is good enough to eat straight out of the tub (but Jo recommends picking up some fresh halibut, baking it and topping it with the mango-papaya salsa. I guess that would work too.) and the pico de gallo salsa is made fresh each day with heirloom tomatoes, you are not likely to find better salsa anywhere.
How to get here:
Travel about 5 miles east on Carmel Valley Highway off of Highway 1 in Carmel, CA. You will see Hacienda Hay and Feed on the right.
Open April through end of September
9am - 6pm Monday - Saturday
9am - 6pm Sundays
Fresh Fish Available Thursday - Saturday
(halibut, swordfish, scallops, prawns, and salmon)
Stop by and say hello to Jo (and the turtles, pig, goats and emu in the back)
Thanks for this great tip. I have been missing out! Fresh sweet peas… my favorite and I cannot wait to pick up some the amazing fresh, mango-papaya salsa the next time I drive to the valley. Love your blog!