Autumn at The Farm

October 8, 2014

The Farm at Fairplex is bigger than ever, thanks to the brand new expansion. If you visited us during the Los Angeles County Fair, you may have enjoyed a tasty flatbread wrap at The Farm Kitchen or taken a break from the heat in the shade of our new dining area.

Los Angeles Urban FarmToday I decided to take a stroll over to The Farm to see what changes are happening with the start of the new season.

As the largest urban farm in Los Angeles, The Farm is full of vegetables, fruits and herbs that are used daily at McKinley’s Grille (our hotel restaurant) and at our Table-to-Farm dinners.

The last time we visited The Farm was for a Fair-y Tale Wedding in late September. While all signs of lace and romance has disappeared, the rustic feel of the venue is very much alive.

Crops that were just beginning to sprout in the summer have grown at an impressive rate! In fact, some of the Farm was nearly unrecognizable from even a week ago:

Farm expansion autumn Sunflowers and peppers populate a large part of the new Farm expansion 

At first glance, The Farm is deceptively calm. Upon closer inspection however, you will find an entire world, thriving with energy: buzzing honey bees, ecosystems and change galore. Throughout the day, our restaurant chefs and staff can be seen picking a number of ingredients for the day’s cooking.

A quick peek at the McKinley’s Grille menu reveals a number of dishes like fresh salads, meats and even desserts that incorporate a number of veggies, fruits and herbs including chocolate mint, burrata squash and other delicious, nutritious options.

The menu switches up each season and it’s fun to see how each new crop is used at the restaurant.

We’re excited to see additional programming grow at The Farm in the next few years, including agricultural and horticultural learning programs, new Table-to-Farm dinner events and of course, activities during the Los Angeles County Fair. For more information about The Farm and McKinley’s Grille, visit

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