Visit to Kiler Canyon Farms
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Kiler Canyon Farm, an idyllic expanse of fertile vegetable beds, pasture, and oak-covered hillsides just outside of Paso Robles, California. I was invited by a friend of mine who is one of two interns on the farm (thanks Rory!). The family that tends and owns the farm gave me a tour and welcomed me into their home. When I imagine farming on my own land in a beautiful and rural place this is what I picture.
The vegetable beds were diverse, planted to the gills, and thriving. A vegetable CSA is the basis of the farm but the family also keeps a few healthy dairy cows, chickens, and pigs. The best loaves of bread that I have seen since I have lived in the US came out of the farms wood-fired oven shortly before I arrived. On top of the bread I had a gruyere-like cheese that had just come out of the cheese cave where it had been ripening for a year.
I left the farm with a gallon of fresh milk from the farm’s Jersey cow. The milk was topped by a thick layer of golden cream for which the Jersey cow is famous. I guzzled the majority of the gallon and made yoghurt with the rest.
If you live near Paso Robles or Atascadero (or have a friend that does) you can (and should) eat the incredible food grown organically by Kiler Canyon Farm. You can do so by purchasing a share of the harvest through the farm’s CSA - http://kilercanyonfarm.com/csashares.html. All of our food should be grown by people like this.