Small California farms began forming farm trails grower associations in the 1970s to attract customers and compete with large commercial operations.
Members of the California farm trail groups sell everything from oysters at the seashore to Christmas trees in the mountains.
PHOTO: JUANITA BROWNE
TOP: Orchard owners find they can make more by selling their fruit right on the farm rather than shipping it to distant markets. BOTTOM LEFT: A visiting family walks in among an orchard's apple trees. BOTTOM RIGHT: A grower inspects one of his trees.