The weekend of the Windrose Farm tour we were blessed with beautiful weather, sunny, with a gentle breeze, and clear evening skies. Who could have asked for more?
We met on Saturday afternoon at beautiful Windrose Farm, where we were greeted by Farmer Bill. We then relaxed under the 300 year old oak tree, drank wine, sampled locally made raw sheep and goat cheese, and got to know one another.
Barbara arrived fresh from her day at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market, and by that time we were all busy devouring the sausages that Bill was grilling. There were 25 of us, and we fit perfectly around the tables set for a family style dinner under the stars. Dinner included an enormous salad, grilled vegetables, grilled baby potatoes with garlic, grilled lamb and beef, accompanied by more local wine, and finished off with fresh melon, everything grown organically and local to the area.
After a leisurely dinner, Jordan set up his telescope and gave people a tour of the stars, and there were lots of them. In fact, we were able to see the Milky Way! Then those of us who were still able to stay awake lay down on blankets to watch for shooting stars, and we saw some really bright ones burning across the sky.
The following morning everyone returned for a formal tour of Windrose Farm led by Bill, while Barbara prepared a delicious lunch for us featuring fresh heirloom tomatoes, sweet white corn, and haricot verts.
After lunch, produce was available for purchase, and those who wanted to visit the fromagerie which had provided us with the cheese were given directions and a map to guide us on our way. Still, it was difficult to leave, it was another beautiful day, and the hospitality of the Spencers is unsurpassed. But the good news is this: It was such a great time that we have decided to make the Windrose Farm tour an annual summer event. So, if you missed out this year, hope to see you there next summer!