Tour Winfield farm and Pigs with optional lunch at Industrial Eats

Nestled in the Santa Ynez River valley about three miles west of Buellton on Highway 246, Winfield Farm is dedicated to top quality produce that tastes good and is produced in harmony with nature.

Owned and operated by Bruce and Diane Steele (Bruce does the farming, Diane does the paperwork), Bruce seeks out heirloom seeds to grow amazingly flavorful fruits and vegetables. "We’ve been in operation since 2003, sharing the bounty of our garden with local restaurants as well as the community (our customers span the valley from Los Olivos to Lompoc, and some dedicated customers drive all the way from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles)

We specialize in strictly fresh, naturally grown produce (no herbicides, pesticides, fumigants or copper), planted with care and hand picked each day. Our farm stand is open in season.

We are now the only breeders of purebred Mangalitsa Wooly Pigs in southern California. These curly-haired “lard” hogs are sometimes mistaken for sheep. A heritage breed, Mangalitsa (also spelled Mangalitza in the UK and Mangalica in Hungary) was a favorite of Austro-Hungarian nobility in the 19th century, prized for the tender texture and ruby-red color of its meat, with a high fat content enhancing its robust flavor. By the late 1900s, however, thanks to intensive farming practices and the fashion for lean meat, Mangalitsas faced the brink of extinction."
http://www.winfieldfarm.us/

Afterwards some of us might want to get an early lunch at "Industrial Eats" which features craft butcher meats, wood fired pizza and local produce, wine, beer and coffee. Check them out on facebook or www.industrialeats.com

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  • Nancy O.

    We not only got an up close visit with the pigs, including appreciation for scratching their backs, we also got to see Bruce jump the fence after picking up a baby pig... much to the pig mom's dismay. A clear demonstration of why wild animals tend to leave the pigs alone. Learning that Bruce is also a sea urchin diver, we heard a clear and disturbing explanation of ocean acidification and what it means for the future of local seafood, particularly shellfish. The meal at Industrial Eats provided a stunning example of food prepared with attention to quality, texture, and flavor. Best brisket I have ever tasted. Warrants another visit while there's still brisket on the menu.

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Tatiana

    A very informative tour, thanks Gerri! We enjoyed the day on the farm and the lunch afterwords with the foodies and locavores alike a lot!

    March 16, 2014

  • Barbara Z.

    Thank you Gerri! I could listen to Bruce's stories all day long! He's so passionate about all he's doing. A true local hero. And the hairy pigs were so sweet.

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Bruce S.

    Farming can be lonely which for an extrovert proves challenging. I couldn't do it without support, my wife, loyal buyers like Jeff and good folks like those who stopped by yesterday. Helps me push forward. Thanks all

    4 · March 16, 2014

  • Melissa B.

    I had an amazing time. Thanks! Best Saturday I have had in ages...:)

    March 16, 2014

  • Britta M.

    What a fantastic time! I loved everything that is going on at Winfield Farm! Bruce is a hero! Industrial eats was really great food aswell.

    March 16, 2014

  • Mary Anne A.

    A very informative and fun day! Lot's of great people and conversation.

    March 15, 2014

  • Bruce S.

    Gerri and all, I'd like to join you for some of your future adventures. Glad Lucy( the sow )didn't catch me before I made it over the fence.

    3 · March 15, 2014

    • Donn L.

      I'm glad she missed, lol! Educational though!

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • Gerri F.

    Bruce's passion for farming with the least amount of fossil fuel is impressive. It's obvious that he truly cares and is a wonderful model for small scale farming. We enjoyed learning about history and environmental issues not to mention those cute pigs. Thanks Bruce for recommending Industrial Eats where we satisfied our desires for fresh tasty local food.

    3 · March 15, 2014

  • Sally T.

    Farm tour was wonderful -- did not participate in Industrial Eats

    March 15, 2014

  • Bruce S.

    It is a beautiful,warm, blue sky, spring day . Look forward to showing everyone around today. The hills are green and the drive should be nice. Technically one week till spring but we need to enjoy what four inches of rain have done for the views. Please park by the boat.

    March 15, 2014

  • Gerri F.

    Car pool meeting at Sears upper parking lot leaving at 1:00

    2 · March 14, 2014

    • Mary Anne A.

      I would love to get a ride out there! I'll help with gas.

      March 15, 2014

  • Nancy O.

    Gerri, do you mean early dinner... since early lunch would be before, not afterwards.

    March 15, 2014

  • Bruce S.

    Cat, I assume you are a vegan but there are no organic farms that can operate without manure from farm animals to supply nitrogen . If you would have come to my farm I could have shown you my efforts at farming some areas without using any fossil fuels... No tractor,no gas tillers just my little battery powered tiller that can be charged with solar. I also use a shovel , a hoe, and lots of time on my hands and knees.
    I sell everything I grow within 3 miles of my farm, I am very dedicated to locally supplied food and I am lucky enough to have buyers like Jeff at Industrial Eats that support my efforts. And no I don't use pig manure on produce but I do depend on chicken manure... p.s. Film away

    2 · March 4, 2014

  • miss d.

    Do you think they would mind being filmed during the tour?

    February 25, 2014

  • Kendy R.

    I would go if I wasn't going to be out of town.

    February 25, 2014

  • Cat R.

    There's nothing sustainable about exploiting animals, so I won't be attending this.

    February 25, 2014

  • Marisue

    I'll be out of town or I'd be there.

    February 17, 2014

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