State Route 603 between Plymouth and Shiloh
Windmill Nursery is primarily a greenhouse and has nursery stock. In the spring the nursery offers beautiful hanging baskets, trees, annual and perennial flowers and garden plants available for purchase. In the summer there is produce which includes sweet corn, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, beets, beans, peppers and cabbage. Products are available at the farm Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the market near Alta West Greenhouses and at the Shelby Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Burkholder’s farm-fresh goodies have been used in almost every Farm to Plate demonstration; we couldn’t have done such a good job without the local farmers and vendors like Paul!
Paul was raised on a traditional farm where his parents raised hogs and cattle. Paul added a greenhouse and produce when he began farming on his own to supplement his farm income and support his family. The nursery stock was added to the greenhouse later to fill a need Paul saw within the local community.
Paul loves farming because he likes being outdoors. He enjoys nurturing the plants and seeing what they become. Paul says the rural way of life is invaluable and that a farm is “the best place to raise a family because you have the chance to be and work together.”
He enjoys going to the farmers’ markets because it allows people to connect. They can see new things and take them home and try them out. He also enjoys talking to the “old-timers” who stop by to reminisce about the way things were when they were kids. Connecting with people at the markets makes him feel appreciated for the hard labor that farming entails and helps him see the continuity of life and living on a farm.
Richland County Farm to Plate is a program that occurs as part of the Farmers’ Market in Shelby. A host of partners, supporters and volunteers have joined together to provide this exciting program to link the growers of our local foods with local chefs and with us, the consumer. Cooking demonstrations, featuring items that can be found at the Farmers’ Market or through local sources, will occur on six occasions this summer. Taste testing, recipes and starter kits will be available. There will be healthy activities for the kids, too. Special thanks to the Richland Community Development Group Local foods/Ag sector, the Shelby Foundation and Our Ohio for funding this experience! This is a great opportunity to learn about and support our local food economy, and to be newly inspired to eat healthy and to eat fresh.
To stay up to date, “like” the event page on Facebook. Or contact Fred Cooke at 419-295-6583.