Sweet Pea Bakery


Sweet Pea Bakery is the sweets & treats vendor at Rutiz Family Farms…among other places. Kelli Smithback has a passion for baking which is quite evident in her offerings….







She has a LOT of cookie choices….everything from Snickerdoodles to Thumbprints and more. The ones below are called Bleeding Hearts, a cookie she developed as a nod to the Twilight phenomenom. They’re so delicious! Reminiscent of a Pop Tart but made with whole wheat flour and homemade raspberry jam. So really, nothing like a Pop Tart.


One of Kelli’s friends, Kirsten, went to pastry school to learn breadmaking and brings loaves of freshly baked breads to the farm stand.




Doesn’t it all look scrumptious? And I can’t think of a better way to shop for produce and a few treats. It’s much more pleasant to be outside on a farm than inside a flourescent supermarket!

Well, that’s the end of my calorie laden post. Let’s all get on the treadmill, shall we?
PS. My next post will have nothing to do with food. Promise.


  1. It looks fantastic – I love baked goods and I love baking..! πŸ™‚

  2. Fabulous! Mmmm, that bread…

  3. How cute is that? OMG, I wouldn’t leave until I weighed at least 300 pounds! Darling! Your photography amazes me too my friend! xoxo

  4. Johnny Curtis says:

    These photos made my mouth water and crave for pastries.

  5. Hey…you were in my neck of the woods πŸ™‚ It is such a lovely quaint farm. They have an awesome selection of gorgeous fruits/veggies. I am a huge fan of farmers markets and supporting our local growers! Your photos are amazing Heather πŸ™‚

  6. How I wish I could live near something like this, I would go weekly to stock up on goodies πŸ™‚

  7. How wonderful to showcase such a great farm and market…There is a grass roots movement that is very evident here in BC as well to continue to support the farmers❀ …they have a great advocate in you!

  8. Looks sooo delish I wish I was there!

  9. Mmmmm….all delish!!

  10. Yummy! I would love to have been there too, but, since I’m off carbs and sugar recently, I think the temptations would’ve been impossible to avoid. It all looks AMAZING!

  11. heartandkeeper@gmail.com says:

    Hi Heather, I am going on a road trip with my sisters next week and we will be driving right through Arroyo Grande!! I can’t wait to stop by and purchase some goodies for our trip as we continue up to Oregon!!
    Thanks as always! Linda

  12. The baked treats looks out of this world and I guess it is just best that I can’t reach them from here! Love the photos!

  13. thank you for your wonderful posts about great places to visit in southern california. i recently moved back to the orange county area and i love reading about wonderful, family-run places that i won’t other know about, if it weren’t for you!

  14. I love the size of those cookies! Wow! And doesn’t she look so sweet back there. Thanks for the awesome photos.

  15. Food looks sooo good! Love hearing about places that have venues such as these! Would just love to go there and buy it all! Pam

  16. All I can say is YUM!!!! So pretty and inviting, I think I might have to sample one of each ;))

  17. Oh….Yum! I should have waited until after dinner to catch up with your blog, Heather. : ) I’m really wanting one of those Bleeding Hearts! Those look fabulous!

  18. Oh my gosh! I’m craving to cookies and it is mouth-watering.

  19. Everything looks so yummy and the photos enhance your products so well.

  20. Everything looks so delicious and her display is very pretty in its simplicity. What a great spot to shop and you are right, way better than a supermarket.