Hana Fields in Costa Mesa is bursting with swathes of bright yellow sunflowers that are currently in bloom. Hana Fields is Tanaka Farms’ newest location drew in crowds of plant lovers last year, and they’ve just opened for another season.
Sunflowers are native to North America and these crops have been harvested by indigenous tribes for centuries. At Tanaka Farms, you’ll not only be surrounded by these cheerful beauties, but you’ll also be able to continue a 4500-year-old tradition by harvesting a few for yourself.
Wander through acres of land and pick from various colors like the crimson ProCut Red sunflowers that can grow up to 6 feet tall towering sunflowers, or the Mammoth yellow sunflowers that can go up to 12 feet in height. They can produce up to 2000 seeds which you can harvest once you notice the back of the face turns yellow, the leaves dry up, the center will also begin to bulge and the flower droops from the extra weight.
Along with these dazzling sunflowers at this Costa Mesa farm, there’ll be zinnias, herbs, bunnies, chickens, and more to make you seriously consider trading in your sneakers for a pair of boots. Peak bloom tends to last for two weeks, but there will be several happening throughout the summer if you miss it.
Tickets cost $5 for entry and $15 for a U-Pick bouquet. Guests are required to make a reservation online, bring cutting utensils and drinking water.
Here are the time slots available for June:
June 11 and 12: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
May 18 and 19: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
May 25 and 26: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Hana Field by Tanaka Farms, 427 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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