I’m not exactly outdoorsy. But we have a local spot, called Tanaka Farms, that I love to visit. It’s a great place to take your family in Orange County to pick your own veggies and fruits. I was recently invited to attend a blogger event there, hosted by Tree Top, and it was amazing. Not only did I get to know the family behind the farm a little bit better, but I learned that Tree Top is a pretty amazing brand. While I was familiar with the brand before, and have purchased their products forever, getting to hear more about their company philosophies and goals really turned me in to a fan.
Tanaka Farms is THE place to go for preschool and kindergarten field trips. Between my two kids, I’ve been on no less than 5 farm tours there. On this occasion, though, I got to experience a Cookout Tour and it was rad. I highly recommend doing this with your kids. It was such a fun, hands-on way, to learn about where food comes from and how the process works. It’s easy enough for the kids to do, but means a lot to the adults as well. Plus the farm is small and family run, so it’s a great local business to support. They also have a strawberry picking tour which my kids love. With a little guidance, they can pick their own basket of berries to bring home with them. If you struggle to get your kid to eat, having them do the work to pick their own food is a great way to get them excited to try new things. It’s the freshest produce they will ever eat. It was here that my youngest learned that he loved green onions, and green beans.Although Tanka Farms is relatively small, each tour uses a motorized wagon to take you around. The tour guides use this opportunity to explain more about the growing process and answer any questions guests have about the farm or the vegetables in general. The farm probably didn’t know what hit them. The tour was slowed WAY down with an over abundance of selfies with vegetables and social media sharing. Influencer events are so fun. I get such a kick out of seeing how each person shares the experience. For the Cookout Tour, we were given baskets and instructed to only pick what we thought we would be able to eat. We went all over the farm pulling things like Swiss Chard and cilantro.
Once we had our bounty, we were taken to stations where we could wash our produce, then cut and season it. Again, kids might need a little help, but it was not difficult.A few minutes later, our meal was ready! The staff at Tanaka Farms prepares your protein (steak, chicken or salmon) and it is served alongside your veggies. The meal is rounded out with fresh strawberries (because Tanaka Farms has THE BEST strawberries) and a fantastic kale salad. It was THE COOLEST! Getting to pick your own meal is something that everyone should do. In this fast paced life, where everything is done for us, getting to experience this was hugely impactful. Plus they served the world’s best chocolate covered strawberry for dessert. And you know I love my desserts. Tree Top was a sponsor of Mom 2.0 where they served their pressed apple juice, muddled with fresh herbs. That may not sound that special but trust me, it opened up a whole new world for me. I’ve never been a big fan of apple juice. The Honeycrisp Fresh Pressed Juice was fresh and tart and paired perfectly with the aromatic herbs. Plus, I realized it would actually be amazing with a splash of something adult-like…let me do a little (or a lot) of recipe testing and then I’ll share it with you. Look for it next time you go to the market (especially if you shop at Stater Bros. or Ralphs!)
Did you know that Tree Top is the only apple juice company to use 100 % apples grown in the United States? The company is more than 50 years old and was started by a group of Washington state fruit growers. They have about 1000 coop members (smaller fruit growers) who work with the company to supply the 50,000 tons of apples processed each day.
Virtually none of the apples at Tree Top go to waste. When you imagine a large company putting out a quality product, you guess that there might be some apples that get turned away. At the very heart of the company is the desire to use all the “ugly” fruit. This means that aside from turning out the most delicious apple juices (and there are several amazing varieties to choose from) and apple sauce, Tree Top is also responsible for providing the fruit we find in other types of products like ice creams, packaged oatmeals and yogurt. Even the discarded skins are ground in to a meal that cattle can use for food.
While their classic products have been a staple with our family since my kids were little, Tree Top knows that it is important to come up with new items as well. They’ve added new varieties of their apple sauce squeeze pouches, including some veggie blends plus cobbler style versions with oats which are a little more filling.
For more information, including recipes and nutrition facts, visit www.treetop.com.
I was invited on an influencer experience by Tree Top, Inc. All opinions are my own and in my opinion Tree Top rocks.