Vital Zuman – Since 1954
It is rare to come across a sustaimable farm in LA County so near to the coast, but we made the discovery. On one of my road trips to the local wineries with my business partner Helen, we stumbled upon this gem of a farm called Vital Zuman on PCH in Malibu.
We went in to see what it was all about and it is amazing. The farm has been in existence since 1954! We met Alan the owner who is a wealth of knowledge of both the native and cultivated plants on his property. He can tell you the nutritional value of most of his crops. His growing season is year round thanks to the good climate in Southern California.
Alan’s parents bought the property in the early 50’s and always kept it a chemical-free agricultural zone. Vital Zuman sits on 6 beautiful acres, the soil has a rich dark color that exudes the full compliment of nutrients that make any plant thrive.
The farm stand has an eclectic bohemian feel. The staff is knowledgeable and willing to go out and pick items for you.
In October we can expect a wonderful array of greens, lettuces and still some heirloom tomatoes.
Squash of all sorts are also available. One interesting discovery that Alan introduced me to were the Rangpur limes that look like clementine tangerines but definitely taste like limes with a wonderful sweet rind.
I will be using these gems in the dessert that I am preparing for our October 24th fundraiser. Vital Zuman squash is truly divine with varieties such as spaghetti, butternut, zucchini and kuri. They also grow wonderful figs and stone fruit when in season.
Vital Zuman is a gem to visit and the product is very fresh and tasty too!