We are a small, biodynamic family farm located East of Paso Robles, CA. We offer a wide variety of produce, orchard fruits, as well as nursery plants, and we also raise sheep and lambs. We are deeply committed to the principles of biodynamic agriculture, and we also strive to be an active part of our community here in the Central Coast. We are open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 10am-6pm, for produce sales and tours. We also offer overnight camping in our orchard and host many events throughout the Spring and Summer months. Check back on the website often for updates on events, special promotions, and general goins-on at the farm. Thanks for supporting local Agriculture!
Re-posted from www.theplentyblog.com
with the kind permission of Brooke Hoehne
Yesterday was my first day volunteering at Wind Rose Farm. I woke up so grateful for the sun because I had a cold and sleepless night. I don’t know that I’ve ever been consciously grateful for the sun, but there I lay watching the world go from grey and black to gold and green and found myself a little weepy over the grace of morning.
Bill and Barbara Spencer are the organic farmers here and they know so much about the earth I feel like such robot. Like I’m this piece of machine that lives in between concrete walls and am never human enough to touch the earth. When I was wrapping bundles of rose scented geranium – which will be used to make rose ice cream at a restaurant in Santa Monica – Barbara asked me what I was looking for in my time at the farm. I didn’t really have an answer except I knew I wanted to experience something new and develop an appreciation for nature and thus God. Her response, “well, a little dirt should help you get there”. Dirt. Yes of Course.
Together Barbara and I bounced around from one greenhouse to another and then on to other gardens. We were bundling lettuce, thyme, rosemary, sage blossoms, Sicilian oregano, arugula blossoms, chocolate geranium, Portuguese kale, apple mint and so much more. I’ve never been so aware of scent and how many rich smells can come from the earth. I’ve never been so aware of my ears and the silence or the sound of wind in the trees and infinity birds. I’ve also never been so aware of how much my body could hurt, it feels good to work hard and sleep hard, but also I should probably do a little yoga in the morning.
What must it be like to be such a genius like God, making things that smell like arugula – and little bushes that taste like thyme – and red ladybugs that protect lettuce leaves? This whole system relies on the system and it works when we let it. Concrete and gushers are such a sad imitation.
Barbara talks to her plants sometimes and I’m obsessed. “So these arugula blossoms can be used in a salad with the leaves and – oh hello there mustard, we need to have a talk you are much to big.” I’m into it. If I lived, worked with and loved plants every day I probably would too.
I was invited into their home for a spinach and egg frittata in which all the items were sourced from the farm or from surrounding farms that they had direct relationship with. Butter, eggs, flower, roasted garlic, feta cheese, spinach all from a couple mile radius. Bill made a comment about the farming industry and politicians chief concern being cheap food “but with the disease and health risks that go with this industrial farming we really have the most expensive food in the world” – word.
In other news I bottle fed a little lamb. And if your question is, could I possibly get more hippie than this post, it’s too soon to tell…but probably, yes.
Garlic isn’t JUST Garlic!
Come join Chef Evan Funke formerly of LA’s Bucato Restaurant as he take us on a culinary adventure celebrating the savory & fragrant characteristics of over a dozen different varieties of Windrose Farm garlic!
You will be greeted by owner/farmers Barbara & Bill Spencer with a glass of bubbles as you take a scenic walk about this working farm enjoying the sights of the season’s most exquisite produce. As you join us back on the lawn, we will gather around the farmer’s table to enjoy a delicious 4-course meal showcasing our glorious garlic.
This twilight Windrose Farm dinner begins at 5pm and includes local wines paired with each course.
Cost is $95/pp — Windrose Farm Club members receive $5 discount off each ticket purchased through June 30th!! Use “Windrose Farm Club” as the coupon code when you check out online.
Event Location: 5750 El Pharo Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446 – Click here for directions
Saturday’s Festival Supper by Salt’s Cure and Eat Your Drink cocktail Chef Matthew Biancaniello at Windrose Farm.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience these Chefs preparing and presenting our locally grown honest food & beverages. The evening kicks off with a farm tour and toast to the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, the beneficiary of the weekend’s proceeds, to then be followed by a multi-course meal paired with amazing herbal concoctions, fabulous wines and live music.
4:00 pm – Farm Tour & Grand Opening of the Farm Stand (gate opens at 3:30 pm)
5:00 pm – Flights & Bites
6:00 pm – Festival Supper
Tickets are limited! $160 per person. Buy yours at FARMsteadED
Are you a Windrose Farm Club Member? Use coupon code “Farm Club” for a $20 savings on the Saturday Supper!
(Hint! Become a member by updating your subscription preferences!)
Make a weekend of it and come camp under the stars in the apple orchard! More details available under Heirloom Tomato Fest CAMPING …
Come for the traditional Heirloom Tomato Tasting of over 40 varieties, stay for the local chef’s and vendors that will be preparing bites of their favorite recipes using Windrose Farm’s tomatoes and tasty produce.
Art inspired by the Farm will be on display and for sale benefiting the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation.
The Farm Stand will be open & selling much of the flavorful fare you will be grazing on throughout the afternoon.
Gates Open at 1:30pm
Festival Hours: 2pm – 6pm
Want to make a weekend of it? Come camp at the Farm under the stars in the apple orchard!
For more details on camping, click here: Heirloom Tomato Fest CAMPING
The cost of this event is $35.00 per person. Purchase tickets at FARMsteadED.com
Thank you for not bringing your dogs – we have enough of our own!