A farmer’s market and so much more!
Windmill Farms isn’t your ordinary farmer’s market – this fun, colorful and eclectic farm is open to visitors every day, rain or shine. The old fashioned barn and windmill grace the side of the road just off the 101 freeway on Thompson Road in Arroyo Grande. Approaching the Farm, visitors will see old fashioned western wagons and a nearby field with sunflowers and corn growing high. Walk through the vine-covered archway and enter into a magical world with brilliant blue pottery surrounded by potted roses of white, red and yellow. Brightly-colored ceramic flowers and little toadstools accent the green foliage of the plants alongside fountains and statuary. Benches situated on the gravel pathways offer a place to rest and take in the peaceful scenery or glance at artwork featuring whimsical cows and chickens. The garden at Windmill Farms specializes in succulents and beautiful garden décor – statuaries, fountains, iron trellises, garden arches and a large selection of pottery.
Fruits, vegetables & gift items
When Lorna Kirk and her husband bought the property in 2000 the site was a blank canvas. Starting with the building of small barn, they expanded the structure to enlarge the capacity of all the barn has to offer. Inside, find a myriad of items – from the pesticide-free fruits and vegetables to an eclectic and colorful assortment of gift and culinary items. Assorted gift items, crockery, natural lotions, soaps, fragrances, and oils, cards, tableware, decorative art, collectibles and more are available for purchase; gift baskets are also available. Shelves are stocked full of a wide variety of gourmet foods, sauces, jams, preserves, breads and mixes. “We source our gourmet foods from all areas, with an emphasis on supporting local sources,” Kirk said, adding “and you can sample anything you might be interested in before buying.” Looking for a special gift for that certain someone? Find unique offerings at Windmill Farms whether it be gift items, gourmet food, coffee, and tea, or succulents, dish gardens, pottery and garden art.
Take time to enjoy the simple life
Enjoy a bit of the simple life and make sure to pay a visit to Windmill Farms. Take a moment to sit in the garden with a cup of gourmet coffee and a delicious berry scone. No farm would be complete with animals – and the ones here are a must-see for the youngsters and the young at heart. Outside in the Critter Corral visitors can walk through and pet or feed the goats, sheep, donkeys, turkeys, and chickens as well as miniature horses and donkeys. The goats in particular strike interesting poses as they reach over the fences to beg for your attention.
Windmill Farms, located at 1275 N. Thompson Ave. in Arroyo Grande, is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call (805) 489-1000 or visit windmillfarms.org for more information.
–Ruth Ann Angus