The Farmer and The Cook

The Farmer and the Cook is an all organic, vegetarian restaurant, store and bakery. Steve Sprinkel is The Farmer and his wife, Olivia Chase is The Cook. We do not cook meat or fish in the store and never have. We have adopted a vegan-friendly menu, featuring a salad bar and daily soups that are usually vegan. We feature Mexican food for lunch and dinner and on the weekends have pizza and farm specials seasonally planned and harvested. We operate a 13 acre CCOF-certified organic farm five minutes from the store. We have been in business in Ojai since 2000.

We operate a CSA in Ojai. Shares in the CSA are $100 per month. Commitment is suggested but not required. Working on the farm is fun, not obligatory. The CSA runs year- round. We obtain local organic fruit occasionally to supplement our vegetable production.

We also attend the Ojai Farmers Market every Sunday from 9 until 1 in the famous Zona Olvidada section of the market on the north side..

Vegans and vegetarians will be interested to know that certified organic soybean bean is our principal fertilizer-we do not use manure-based compost or manure.


Listing last updated on Nov 4, 2013

We began working in the alternative food movement with a mission decades ago. People and community matter more than the scale of production. A commitment to the greater good makes our work worthwhile. We work locally with the Ojai Center for Regenerative Agriculture, Ojai Food for Thought, and nationally with the Cornucopia Institute.

Season:  Year round

Type:  single farm

Since:  2003

# of Shares:  60

Full Share:  $1200.00 per year

Work Req?  No

Schedule and Location:

Ojai Farmers Market
Downtown Ojai
Matilija Street between Montgomery and Signal
Sundays, 9-1

Schedule and Location:

The Farmer and The Cook
an all organic grocery and cafe
339 west El Roblar Drive
Ojai, Ca 93023

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The Farmer and the Cook is truly an oasis for stellar food and community. Their prepared food is always fresh and delicious. They have the world's best salad bar and the Mexican food is amazing.... [more]

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It Kills Me


Today at The Farmer and the Cook, an all-organic farm-cafe and market, I answered the accusations of an irate citizen of Ojai. She was a kind and determined woman, sure of her battle and sure of her target; she wanted to know why Steve (the farmer who is my husband) poisons mothers and children, when he uses bacillus thurengensis on our farm.... [more]

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