Farm-to-Table Treasures Serve Up Gourmet Garden-Fresh Gems 6

Locally grown goodness served in style

Numerous local farms delight in sharing their bounties through farm-to-table efforts throughout Malibu, Pacific Palisades and surrounding areas. These sustainable endeavors share common ideals, such as serving dishes made with organic produce grown by farmers in their own backyards. Many pride themselves on sourcing their ingredients from local ranchers and fishermen who practice sustainable agriculture.

Here’s a glimpse of several local farm-to-table treasures you’ll definitely want to check out:

Saddlerock Gardens

A family-owned establishment, Saddlerock Gardens grows organic and sustainable produce and offers a variety of community activities, including farm-to-table dinners hosted by local chefs. For dinner, guests are served a 5-course meal, including vegetables grown in their onsite organic garden. Dinner is a combination of family platters and buffet style, with wine pairings for appetizers and main entrées.

Saddlerock Gardens

31727 Mulholland Highway, Malibu

424.346.0041 |

Malibu Wine Hikes

The 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu is the site of Malibu Wine Hikes, which are popular for private groups and special event outings. The 2- to 2.5-mile hikes end with a complimentary wine tasting. Saddlerock Ranch is also home to a giraffe, camels, zebras, llamas, alpacas, water buffalo and more. Its newly created sizable organic garden will host farm-to-table events in the future.

Saddlerock Ranch

32111 Mulholland Highway, Malibu

424.346.0041 |

Malibu Farm

Malibu Farm offers two farm-to-table endeavors on the Malibu Pier—the Malibu Farm Restaurant at the start of the pier, and the Malibu Farm Café at the end. This locally-owned business prides itself on “super simply prepared” food made with mostly wheat flours and whole grains, veggies and fruits. Items served directly from the farm include eggs, persimmons, figs, lemons, pomegranates, apricots, Asian pears, carrots, beets, asparagus and fresh herbs. Malibu Farms also buys items, such as strawberries, oranges, kale, chard, basil and tomatoes, from farmer Larry Thorne of the Thorne Family Farm; and potatoes and carrots from Weiser Farms. All arugula and lettuces come from Maggie’s Farm. The Malibu Farm Café is a casual counter service restaurant offering indoor and outdoor seating, and the Malibu Farm Restaurant is a full-service restaurant with a full bar.

The Malibu Pier

23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Café: 310.456.1112, Restaurant: 310.456.8850 |

1 Gun Ranch

1 Gun Ranch was named after the bassist of Guns N’ Roses, who originally purchased the ranch as raw land. Located in Malibu, 1 Gun Ranch is known for farming “according to biodynamic principles that produce healthy, mouthwatering food.” The farm itself is considered “a living organism,” and thus, all living things on the farm are reused and recycled back into the land.

1 Gun Ranch

22634 Mansie Road, Malibu

310.456.3810 |

Malibu Farmers Market

One of the missions of the Cornucopia Foundation is to develop programs for all ages that teach sustainability through fun, imaginative programs and workshops. To partially fund this mission, Cornucopia established the Malibu Farmers Market in the year 2000. To participate in the Malibu Farmers Market as a food vendor, all items must be handmade or created by the vendor. Find locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, farm fresh and never frozen poultry and meats, almond butter, raw milk, fresh fish and seafood, farm fresh cheeses and wild mushrooms, as well as raw vegan treats. The Malibu Farmers Market takes place every Sunday year-round from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Malibu Library parking lot.

Malibu Farmers Market

23555 Civic Center Way, Malibu


Located in the Brentwood Country Mart in Santa Monica, FarmShop serves up locally sourced, California-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The FarmShop has earned a reputation for its delicious house-made croissants, muffins and cookies, as well as a wide range of charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, produce, wine and beer. FarmShop was founded by Chef Jeff Cerciello, and some of the menu items include coddled eggs made with smoked salmon, mushroom conserva and brioche toast; organic chicken liver mousse made with black mission figs and dried seaweed; and Strauss Farms Grass Fed Skirt Steak. Desserts include the Brandied Cherry Flourless Cake and Tahitian Vanilla Cheesecake Parfait.


225 26th Street, Suite 25, Santa Monica

310.566.2400 |

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen

Friends and suppliers for Rustic Canyon, which offers farmers’ market-inspired dishes, include Clover Organic Farms, Jaime Farms, Kenter Canyon Farms, Weiser Family Farms and Windrose Farm. Founded by Josh Loeb, this wine bar and seasonal kitchen was inspired by a series of dinners created by Loeb inside his family’s treehouse at his home in Rustic Canyon, located in the mountains of Santa Monica. The Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen is considered an extension of Loeb’s efforts. The regularly changing dishes are made with ingredients from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen who practice sustainable agriculture. Menu items have included milo and olive ciabatta with organic butter and California olive oil; chicken liver mousse with stone fruit preserves and pickled Fresno chilies; and grass-fed hanger steak with charred calçot onions and almond-hazelnut Romesco.

Rustic Canyon

1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

310.393.7050 |

Taste at the Palisades

Aligning with the farm-to-table concept, the chef at Taste at the Palisades hand selects all produce from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market to create dishes for your table. In addition to serving these meals in the actual restaurant, foodies can also order online for pickup or delivery. The vast menu includes almond and grape tomato penne, Kobe beef burgers and spicy roasted cauliflower dip, as well as wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, tacos and even a fresh juice bar.

Taste at the Palisades

538 Palisades Drive, Pacific Palisades

310.459.9808 |

The Topanga Table

The Topanga Table, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, offers a varied menu focused on locally sourced, organic ingredients. The “table” is considered a gathering place for people to come together to enjoy delicious food. Menu items include salmon toast with crème fraîche and capers, house made granola with organic yogurt and seasonal fruit, grass-fed steak hash and a shaved Brussels sprouts and apple salad with sheep’s milk feta, walnuts, dates and bacon. House-made accompaniments include jam, garlic aioli, whipped cream and hollandaise. Gluten-
free options are also available.

The Topanga Table

1861 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga

310.752.6241 |