California’s state parks are great places to share meals and memories. Picnics and roasting marshmallows are two activities that come to mind when thinking about state parks, but there are many other food experiences as well! From historic mills to delicious produce, state parks are great places to learn the history of food production and agriculture in California.

That’s why CSPF thinks that California’s state parks are great places to ..."Eat Your Heart Out"

While there are many to choose from, here are a few of the state parks where you can “Eat Your Heart Out”:

  • Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park: Built in 1846, the park features a water-powered grist mill, which still grinds grain today.
  • California Citrus State Historic Park: Visitors to the park can learn about the role of citrus in California’s history and participate in scheduled pick and taste tours to sample fruit off the trees!
  • Olompali State Historic Park: In addition to containing a historic “kitchen rock” where early people ground flour, the park contains the oldest English walnut orchard in California.
  • San Buenaventura State Park: You can shuck and grill your own organic sustainably raised oysters right on the beach thanks to Jolly Oyster, who sells sustainable farm-raised clams and oysters at the park.
  • Santa Inés Mission Mills: Take a guided tour of this state park and participate in annual olive picking events offered by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, who also offers cold-pressed olive oil made from trees at the park.
California State Parks Foundation

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