Having farmed for the last few decades Veteran’s Day provokes thoughts of life altering events that have or have not happened. For me moving from a big town school to a small, meant spending an extra year in high school and being one year older at “draft” time. This afforded the opportunity to serve as a Marine “reservists” for six years & to stay and work “State side”. So many little things have major consequences in life and on the farm.
Each day we make decisions that have effects felt by our environment, some short term and many long term. As with life, the life of the farm is the whole of a great many interactions that we play some roll in. So for me looking back this Veteran’s Day I know I am blessed with fortuitous events that have come into play with all that is Windrose Farm today, and tomorrow. That today I honor all those who served over seas and pray events have treated them well, knowing many have had a hard times then and now.
WINDROSE FARM HEIRLOOM TOMATO TASTING PARTY
Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Windrose Farm
Make your reservations soon!
Tomato Tasting from 1- 4 PM
$25 per person, $18.75 for Farm Club members*
Join us at Windrose for the 10th annual Tomato Tasting Party. Taste and
learn about our famous heirloom tomatoes. We’ll have artisan pizzas from
Full of Life Flatbread Pizza made in their wood-fired mobile pizza oven,
farm tours, and live music. Admission Fee includes two free beverages, your choice of a selection of Firestone beers and local wines.
Purchase Heirloom Tomato Tasting Tickets here: http://wftomatotasting2012.eventbrite.com
Elegant Country Dinner on the farm 5:30 – 9PM
$120 per person, $96 for Farm Club members*
Chef Clark Staub and his staff will start with a tomato tasting served with a special tomato-inspired cocktail followed by a sit-down dinner. Each of five courses will be paired with a wine from Tablas Creek Winery. Join Bill and Barbara for this elegant dinner with white linen and china under the stars. Limited availability so please reserve soon!
Purchase Elegant Country Dinner Tickets here: http://wfelegantdinner.eventbrite.com
*Farm Club Members: check your email for the promotional code that you will need to enter when purchasing tickets to receive your discount. If you do not enter this code, you will not receive your discount. Any questions please email us at email@example.com
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Come find out why Windrose Farm’s sustainable grown
produce is a favorite among Los Angeles restaurants such
as Gjelina, Rustic Canyon, Melisse, and Lucques as well
as local restaurants Artisan and Villa Creek and fine dining
restaurants such as Per Se in New York! Discover the
reason Chef Clark Staub’s restaurant in Los Alamos has
been called “visionary” by Edible Santa Barbara magazine.
It’s all about fresh, local, farm-to-table food at its very best!
We have never had this many grapes on our vines, and from what our neighbors are saying, sounds like it could be a great year for grapes all around. Each season brings unexpected surprises, this is a welcome one.
These are photos of an experimental interplanting of Basil and Lettuce. Normally we would never be able to have such pretty lettuce in July, but the Basil shades it quite nicely. We are constantly conducting informal and intuitive experiments like this, especially with our greens as we attempt to extend the season into the hot summer months.
Freedom and the Farmer in us all!
Today is the 4th of July, last night I finished the wonderful documentary by Ken Burns on Thomas Jefferson, and then hearing the folks from NPR read his Declaration of Independence, I am moved to contemplate what it portends to us and world we live in.
Those freedoms and the liberties so eloquently stated by Mr. Jefferson, clear, precise and immutable, require each of us to ponder our very personal set of responsibilities to assure they remain and continue to impact the world with all the goodness they exemplify. The phrase “there’s no self government without self control” comes to mind and what that means, for it is painfully clear this simple rule has not been adhered to. Here on the farm natural forces guide us in the realm of the governance of all we do. Those natural forces are not very apparent in the industrial corporate world, though at some point we all will come to know their importance. Our current economic capitalist system has a fundamental flaw, its dependence on unending expansion and very low cost inputs; fuel, labor, minerals, water, etc. Each of us knows this cannot be. We live on this ONE blue orb in an extremely vast universe, all we have is here and we must in time come into balance with its limits. So today on July 4th lets consider more carefully what REAL freedom and liberty means for us all. Simply stated it is self control and a clear commitment to our communities and sharing the resources we utilize, and the goal of BALANCE with our natural world.
Here’s to you and your family in our mutual endeavor towards sustainable foods, communities, nations, and world.
Yours with Love & Kindness
We recently had the pleasure of having a tour group from Southern California visit us for lunch and a farm tour. Chef Charlie from Atascadero catered an amazing meal using our salad greens, beets, potatoes, mustard greens, and herbs. Bill, Barbara and Melissa shared their experiences of farming and agrarian life. Here is a slideshow from the event:
Earlier this week a few families visited our farm as part of their Memorial Day weekend. We had a whole gaggle of splendid kids who played with puppies and picked carrots… perhaps some future farmers!