Ventura County Farm Day

On Saturday, Oct. 12, nine Ventura County farms held an open house and gave visitors tours of their facilities along with food samples and cooking demos. The Acorn visited two farms, Houweling’s Tomatoes and McGrath Family Farm, both in Camarillo. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM - Anna Rose Tellez, 6, left, and her brother Elijah, 4, of Camarillo react to the different tomatoes on display at Houweling's Tomatoes in Camarillo during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

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SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM – Anna Rose Tellez, 6, left, and her brother Elijah, 4, of Camarillo react to the different tomatoes on display at Houweling’s Tomatoes in Camarillo during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers JUST RIGHT - 18 month-old Shelby Dirro of Simi Valley picks out the pumpkin she wants while on a tour of McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12. Nine Ventura County farms opened their doors to visitors for free tours, taste testing and cooking demos. This is the first year for the event.

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JUST RIGHT – 18 month-old Shelby Dirro of Simi Valley picks out the pumpkin she wants while on a tour of McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12. Nine Ventura County farms opened their doors to visitors for free tours, taste testing and cooking demos. This is the first year for the event.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FIRST EVER FARM DAY - Monica Houweling of Houweling's Tomatoes talks to visitors while on a tour of the Camarillo tomato farm during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

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FIRST EVER FARM DAY – Monica Houweling of Houweling’s Tomatoes talks to visitors while on a tour of the Camarillo tomato farm during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LIKE GRANDPA, LIKE GRANDSON - Elijah Tellez, 4, of Camarillo wore his grandfather's cowboy hat to visit Houweling's Tomatoes during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

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LIKE GRANDPA, LIKE GRANDSON – Elijah Tellez, 4, of Camarillo wore his grandfather’s cowboy hat to visit Houweling’s Tomatoes during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers VINE - Marketing Specialist Kyle Stephenson of Houweling's Tomatoes talks to visitors at the Camarillo farm during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

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VINE – Marketing Specialist Kyle Stephenson of Houweling’s Tomatoes talks to visitors at the Camarillo farm during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Tomatoes from Houweling's Tomatoes are on display at the Camarillo farm during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

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Tomatoes from Houweling’s Tomatoes are on display at the Camarillo farm during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LOCAL FARM - Visitors to McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo walk through a maze of grass during a tour of the farm for Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

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LOCAL FARM – Visitors to McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo walk through a maze of grass during a tour of the farm for Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers PUMPKIN SEASON - Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farm talks to visitors during a tour of his Camarillo farm for Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

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PUMPKIN SEASON – Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farm talks to visitors during a tour of his Camarillo farm for Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers THEY FOUND THEIR PUMPKINS - Sydney Stencler, 11, left, and Ashlie Young, 10, of Girl Scout Troop 3098 carry pumpkins they picked at McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

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THEY FOUND THEIR PUMPKINS – Sydney Stencler, 11, left, and Ashlie Young, 10, of Girl Scout Troop 3098 carry pumpkins they picked at McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo during Ventura County Farm Day on Oct. 12.

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