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Harvest at Folded Hills Farmstead

Harvest at Folded Hills Farmstead

It was a perfect fall day to visit Folded Hills for their third annual Harvest Festival at the Farmstead.  Not far from Solvang, it was easy to spot a colorful landmark as we drove along the Old Coast Highway.  European White Storks were on top of the barn.  Since the middle ages, in Europe, they were believed to bring protection and good luck to all households on which they made a nest.

 

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Andy and Kim Busch, owners of Folded Hills, had invited everyone in the family to enjoy fun activities from pony rides to meeting the farm animals.

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The Farmstead was about to close for the winter.  From spring to fall it offers baked goods along with seasonal, organic produce from their fields, as well as, other local farms.  It was certainly easy to find some lovely vegetables to add to our dinner menu!

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Outside we found Andy Busch happily sharing facts about the massive and gorgeous Clydesdales.  We learned these two are actually part of the Budweiser hitch.

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Delighted children studied the Kune Kune pigs.

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The goats seemed to be waiting for some action.

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It didn’t take long for numerous children to offer up treats.

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We heard there were pony rides at the far sides of the barn.  Even walking through the barn was an adventure!

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Patiently waiting in the pony ride line we spied the little girls we saw earlier with the Clydesdales.

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We followed them as they prepared for their ride………

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and then watched as one began her journey, but kept watch, over her shoulder, to see that her sister was following.

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Earlier we saw a display of the Folded Hills wines.

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We had not tasted the wines, so when Kim Busch offered her friends a sip we were happy to oblige. Wine and Spirits just named Folded Hills the 2017 California winery to watch.  In addition, they have garnered outstanding reviews from Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni.  Our sips of the Grenache and Syrah were outstanding!  We look forward to attending a proper tasting and learning more about the varietals in the near future.  (My favorite was the 2016 Whole Cluster Carbonic Grenache.  YUM!)

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The day would not be complete without a visit to the pumpkin patch.

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It had been an afternoon of mothers and dads delighted to be with their happy children.  Possibly, for some little ones, it was their first farm experience.  We all enjoyed the warmth extended by Andy and Kim Busch.  It is very obvious they believe in their philosophy, “Sharing is Caring.” It is a magnificent environment they are creating.  Kudos to them!   I am sure we will all be eager, when spring arrives, to visit the Farmstead again and take home the fresh produce.

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