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Fruits and Vegetables

Posted September 2022

Underwood Family Farms
Underwood Family Farms

Underwood Family Farms One Too Many Pumpkin
  • One Too Many Pumpkin
  • Lumina Pumpkin
  • Baby Orange Pumpkin

Underwood Family Farms Mini Pumpkins
Mini Pumpkins
  • Mini White Pumpkins
  • Mini Orange Pumpkins

Underwood Family Farms Pumpkin Fun Facts
Pumpkin Fun Facts
  • Pumpkins originated in Central America.
  • The name pumpkin originated from "pepon" - the Greek word for "large melon."
  • Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats,\ They used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.
  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filing.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  • Pumpkins are fruit.
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkins are used as feed for animals.
  • Pumpkins can be planted any time from mid-April to August. To be ready for October 31, plant by July 12.
  • Pumpkins can be transplanted or direct seeded.
  • The World Record for the largest Atlantic Giant pumpkin ever grown was by Beni Meier in Pfungen, Switzerland. It weighed 2,323.7 lbs.
  • The largest pumpkin pie every made was over five feet in diameter and weighted ove 350 lbs. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs, and took six hours to bake.

Underwood Family Farms Pokemon Pumpkin
  • Pokemon Pumpkin
  • Sugar Baby Pumpkin

Underwood Family Farms First Responders
Underwood Supports our Ventura County First Responders
Each year, we give back to the following organizations
  • Ventura County Sheriff Explorers
  • Ventura County Sheriff K-9 Unit
  • Ventura County Sheriff Bomb Squad
  • Ventura County Sheriff SWAT
  • Ventura County Search and Rescue
  • Ventura County Sheriff K-9 Search & Rescue
  • Ventura County Sheriff Foundation
  • Thousand Oaks Police Volunteers in Policing
  • Ventura County Fire Widows & Orphans Fund
  • Ventura County Fire Education
  • Antique Fire Engine Club
  • Thousand Oaks Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)
  • Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Foundation
    • Safe Passage
  • Ventura Police Department K-9 Unit
  • Oxnard Police Department K-9 Unit

Our Ventura County First Responders keep us safe on the farm and in our community

Underwood Family Farms Animal Center
Animal Center
1994 marked the beginning of the development of the Animal Center at Moorpark. Eventually school tours, birthday parties and farm camp became part of the farm experience. Also included In the activities were the animal show, petting coral, farm animal interaction, and other farm related entertainment.

Underwood Family Farms Sunflowers
  • Sunflowers

Underwood Family Farms Sunflower
  • Sunflowers

Underwood Family Farms Vitamin C
Q: Which super fruit has the most Vitamin C?

The Strawberry
Underwood Family Farms The Strawberry

Underwood Family Farms Blue Lake Green Beans
  • Blue Lake Green Beans

Underwood Family Farms Yellow Wax Beans
  • Yellow Wax Beans

Underwood Family Farms Somis and Moorpark
  • Original Farm Market opened in 1980
  • Farm Stand features fresh fruits and vegetables, specialty jarred products and flowers
  • Animal Center with Goat Ramp, Sandbox & Wooden Play Equipment
  • PYO Mandarins - January - May
  • PYO Blueberries - Memorial Day - mid-July
  • PYO Blackberries - June - August
  • PYO Raspberries - June - October
  • Specialty Gift Baskets
  • Open year round - 7 days a week


  • Opened in 1994
  • Changed named from Tierra Rejada Family Farms to Underwood Family Farms in 2002
  • 50 acres open to the public
  • Farm Stand features fresh fruits and vegetables, specialty jarred products and flowers
  • Animal Center with animal and educational displays, play structures, games, rides, and more
  • PYO fruits, vegetables and flowers
  • Birthday and Corporate Parties
  • Educational Tours
  • Easter and Christmas Events
  • Summer Farm Camp
  • Fall Harvest Festival
  • Open year round - 7 days a week

Underwood Family Farms Black Eyed Peas
  • Black Eyed Peas

Underwood Family Farms Cucumbers
  • Cucumbers

Underwood Family Farms Lavender
  • Lavender

Underwood Family Farms Texas Sweet Onions
  • Texas Sweet Onions

Underwood Family Farms Tomatoes
  • Pink Japanese Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Pineapple Pie Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Celebrity Tomatoes
  • Mister Stripey Heirloom Tomatoes

Underwood Family Farms Tomatos
  • Cherokee Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Yellow Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes

Underwood Family Farms Pear Tomatoes
  • Red Pear Tomatoes
  • Yellow Pear Tomatoes
  • Orange Gem Cherry Tomatoes
  • Chocolate Cheery Tomatoes

Underwood Family Farms Carrots
  • Orange Carrots
  • Yellow Carrots
  • Maroon Carrots
  • Planet Carrots
  • Rainbow Carrots

Underwood Family Farms Carrots

Underwood Family Farms Purple Carrots
  • Red Carrots
  • Yellow Carrots
  • Purple Carrots

Underwood Family Farms Corn Stalks
  • Corn Stalks

Underwood Family Farms Patty Pan Squash
  • Patty Pan Squash

Underwood Family Farms Yellow Zucchini
  • Yellow Zucchini

Underwood Family Farms Green Zucchini
  • Green Zucchini

Underwood Family Farms Crookneck Squash
  • Crookneck Squash

Underwood Family Farms Who We Are
Who We Are
  • Two locations for the public to visit - Somis and Moorpark
  • Participating in 15 Farmers' Markets
  • Farming in Ventura and Kern Counties
  • Specialty Harvest Gift Baskets
  • Pick-Your-Own Produce
  • Annual Harvest Festival
  • Special Events including Easter and Christmas
  • Educational Farm Camp
  • Two Retail Markets with Farm Animal Centers
  • Birthday and Corporate Parties

Underwood Family Farms Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red Cherry Tomato
  • Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes
  • Yellow Pear Tomato
  • Orange Gem Tomato

Underwood Family Farms The Early Years
The Early Years

The County was founded on oil and farming. Oxnard grew from the sugar beet industry. Ventura County was the home of the lima bean. Oranges and lemons supported many local families. It is still the heart of the lemon industry. It took a lot of men and horses to till the fields in the old days. Many acres were needed just to feed the animals that did the work. The stationery bean threshers required 45 men. Today 3 men harvest many more sacks a day. The field crops of old have evolved to the orchards, vegetables, and berries today..

  • Cutting Lima Beans on Goodyear Ranch
  • Barley Machine
  • Ventura County Fair Teams of Horses and Wagons
  • Bean Threshing in Oxnard
  • Wagon Load of Walnuts
  • Picking Oranges
  • Sugar Beat Harvest
  • Stockton Plow
    Plowing land on Hartman Ranch (what is now the City Hall of Camarillo)
  • Harvesting Scene, Combine Header and Thresher

Courtesy of Museum of Ventura County

Underwood Family Farms Is Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable
Q: Is Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable?

It is a Fruit. All Fruit have seeds.
Underwood Family Farms Is Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable

Underwood Family Farms Barn

Underwood Family Farms Watermelon's Superpower
Q: What's Watermelons Superpower?

Underwood Family Farms Watermelon's Superpower
Improves blood flow to muscles, helping to keep you strong!

Underwood Family Farms Mini Red Seedless Watermelon
  • Mini Red Seedless Watermelon

Underwood Family Farms Red Seedless Watermelon
  • Red Seedless Watermelon

Underwood Family Farms Red Seeded Watermelon
  • Red Seeded Watermelon

Underwood Family Farms Yellow Seedless Watermelon
  • Yellow Seedless Watermelon

Underwood Family Farms Assorted Eggplant
  • Assorted Eggplant

Underwood Family Farms Bell Peppers
Bell Peppers
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Purple Bell Peppers

Underwood Family Farms Bell Pepper

Underwood Family Farms Our Team
Our Team
Our team works dally, year-round to provide fresh produce to our customers and community. From the fields to our 2 Farm Markets and the 16 Farmers' Markets we visit, they make sure our homegrown seasonal fruits and vegetables are available 7 days a week.

During the pandemic, our farm never shut down and our team worked tirelessly to ensure our community had access to the freshest, local produce stralght from the fields. We honor them for their hard work and for continually bringing food from the fields to our tables.


  • Galia Melon
  • Tuscan Melon
  • Ambrosia Melon
  • Sharlyn Melon

Underwood Family Farms Classic Eggplant
  • Classic Eggplant

Underwood Family Farms Peppers
  • Cherry Bomb Peppers
  • Green Jalapeno Peppers
  • Jalapeno Pepper

Underwood Family Farms Pacilla Peppers
  • Pacilla Peppers

Underwood Family Farms Anaheim Peppers
  • Anaheim Peppers

Underwood Family Farms Red Norland Potatoes
  • Red Norland Potatoes

Underwood Family Farms Farm Markets
Farm Markets
Underwood Family Farms began selling at outside Farmers' Markets in 1970.

The Somis Farm Market opened in 1980 with one employee who picked the produce and then sold it. It was open 3 days a week for limited hours and never on weekends. Within 5 years the stand was open 7 days a week, The 1990's brought two remodelings and greater variety of produce and product. In 2003 blueberries were added leading to other u-pick berries also.

Our Moorpark farm opened in 1994 with u-pick and a small stand offering fresh produce. It is now a Farm Center with an open-air market showcasing all that we grow, along with an Animal Center. and Pick-Your-Own area. Through our educational tours, summer camps, festivals and daily visits, we continually work to encourage our visitors to have healthy eating habits and an enjoyment of farm culture.

Underwood Family Farms Pickling Cucumbers
  • Pickling Cucumbers

Underwood Family Farms Valencia Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Valencia Oranges

Underwood Family Farms Radishes
  • Easter Egg Radishes
  • White Icicle Radish
  • French Morning Radishes

Underwood Family Farms Carrot Superhero
Carrot Superhero

Underwood Family Farms Corn Superhero
Corn Superhero

Underwood Family Farms Pumpkin Superhero
Pumpkin Superhero

Underwood Family Farms Bi-Colored Corn
  • Bi-Colored Corn

Underwood Family Farms Farm Camp & Educational Tours
Farm Camp & Educational Tours
  • Farm Camp offers your Little farmer the opportunity to interact with farm animals and bring home their very own fruits and vegetables picked straight from our fields! They will participate in numerous fun and educational craft projects, farm games and much more!
  • Tours feature an educational presentation from the farmer, a vintage tractor drawn wagon ride around the farm, a shaded picnic area to enjoy your snacks or sack lunch. a visit to our Farm Animal Center, and a farm activity coloring book for every child.

Underwood Family Farms Zinnia
  • Zinnia

Underwood Family Farms Zinnia

Underwood Family Farms Lavender
  • Lavender

Underwood Family Farms:
For more than 40 years, Ventura County’s freshest and most delicious fruits and vegetables have been available at Underwood Family Farms.

You may know about us because of our super fresh, locally grown, California produce, but did you know that we do much more than just grow fruits and vegetables?

We have two locations for you to visit, one in Somis and one in Moorpark as well as our many Farmers’ Markets throughout Ventura and LA Counties. Birthday Parties at the Farm, Pick -Your-Own Produce, Educational School Tours, Specialty Gifts & Products, Fruit & Vegetable Gift Baskets, not to mention our Springtime, Fall Harvest and Christmas on the Farm are just some of the things that make us who we are.

Somis Farm Center
Since we opened for business in 1980, we have offered our customers the freshest and highest quality of vegetables, fruits, and specialty food at our location in Somis. The selection we offer includes jarred products, fresh flowers, pickled vegetables, honey, nuts, juices, dried beans, farm fresh eggs, fresh cut flowers, gifts and unique gift baskets. Make sure to check out our Healthy Harvest boxes, Harvest Gift Basket and Curbside pickup options in our on-line store.

Pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, tangerines & figs are offered by the season. Don't miss our Animal Center on your way to our pick your own fields which is home to pygmy goats, chickens, alpacas and sheep.

At harvest time we offer many sizes of pumpkins for you to choose from as well as corn stalks, gourds, squash and many other items to help you decorate for the fall. Our pumpkin patch has a hay pyramid, corn stalk tunnel and many photo opportunities.

Moorpark Farm Center
Farm Market, Animal Center & Pick Your Own

  • Farm Market
    Underwood Family Farms is proud to offer our exceptionally fresh produce to you from our Farm Market in Moorpark. You are invited to come browse through our wide array of "super fresh" fruits and vegetables.

    There is always someone on hand to answer your produce questions or offer you a taste of our ever-changing specials. The Farm Market also carries many types of superb pickled produce, honey, nuts, juices, dried beans, farm fresh eggs, and fresh cut flowers.

    We also offer gift cards and Underwood gear as well as pickup and delivery options for our Healthy Harvest boxes and Gift Baskets.

  • Animal Center
    Our Animal Center is open! All of our animals are on display including our baby goats, chicks, baby poults, Pete the baby pig, Sassy the mini cow, ponies, alpacas, emus, chickens, ducks, baby turkeys, sheep, bunnies, birds, Chocolate the donkey, our Percherons and Scottish Highland cattle! Play structures & feeding/petting are now open as well as many activities
  • Pick Your Own
    Come pick your own fruits and vegetables on our fully operational working farm. There are no reservations required for pick-your-own. Pull-wagons and wheel barrows are available for use at no charge.

    Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is a fully operational working farm. It can be dusty or even muddy and our summers can get quite hot. Please wear sensible shoes & appropriate clothing and bring water to drink, a hat & plenty of sunscreen. Refreshments are available for purchase at the Farm Market.

    Pick Your Own is also available at our Somis location.

Underwood FarmsUnderwood's also visits 15 Farmers' Markets each week

Underwood Family Farms Sign
Underwood Family Farms

Underwood Family Farms Sign