Fall makes us think of eating. Indulging. Enjoying life. With cooler temperatures, shorter days, and the holidays approaching it is fun to hunker down for an evening in enjoying delicious nibbles, or adventure out for a day of exploring great sips and eats. There are so many fun things to try that are grown, raised and produced right here in this beautiful place we call San Luis Obispo County.
Farm to Fork, Sea to Spoon-
Our rolling rural countryside fills the nooks and crannies of our county. Production of strawberries, wine grapes, lettuces and various other crops year round, serves us a bounty of local produce to choose from. Over 15 local Farmer’s Markets display this wide selection. Closer to home, our Sycamore Mineral Springs Garden provides a variety of lettuces, radishes, squash, and tomatoes for our local restaurants to serve onto your plates. Of course, with the coastline as such as an essential part of our location, we are lucky enough to indulge in what the sea has to offers us, from fresh fish markets like Tognazzini’s or Grassy Bar Oyster Farm, both out of Morro Bay. Fresh farm and seafood finds are so accessible to us.
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2. Crafted in SLO-
SLO Crafted finds have grown exponentially. You don’t have to look far for a Beer Trail, Distillery Trail or Winery Trail here in San Luis Obispo County. With over 300 wineries from the far North of our County in San Miguel, all the way down to the Edna Valley in the Southern region, the list of picks are just waiting to tantalize your palate. Distilleries are serving up everything from Grappa, fruit brandy, and coffee liquors. A few of our favorites are CalWise, Krobar and Re:Find. Find some delicious cocktails in our restaurants incorporating some of these tasty creations. And of course, one can’t leave Beer out of the mix. Some of the lesser known, are Libertine, 7 Sisters and Bang the Drum. Spend a Fall weekend exploring all these fabulous sips!
3. Creamy & Cheesy-
Who doesn’t like the sound of that? Fall calls for comfort food. And comfort food comes in many forms. Salted Brown Sugar Ice Cream screams Fall! Negranti Creamery serves up this tasty flavor along with so many more. Bring on the cheese with Stepladder Ranch and their beautiful cheese selection. You can not go wrong with any pick, from their goat cheese to their Paso Vino. It is a perfect wine and cheese evening or picnic accompaniment. It also finds a gorgeous place on a holiday cheese display.
4. Sweeten Up! -
Fall elicits the scents of spiced cider and baking apple pies. You can find your perfect apples by exploring See Canyon or Gopher Glen Farms. Varieties for baking, snacking or juicing are all available. Want to leave the work to someone else? Pick up your tasty treat from Avila Valley Barn or Apple Farm Bakery.
5. Go Grazing -
Our rural location allows for us to select from a wide range of grass fed, organic meats and poultry. Raised without growth hormones and never receiving antibiotics you can find truth in what you are eating when you purchase these items through these local ranchers. Enjoy grass fed, grass finished beef from Templeton Hills Beef Ranch. Bee Wench Farms in San Luis Obispo offers pasture raised pork, chickens and turkeys. Find local meat delivered with Larder Meat Company. They source from a network of farms in San Luis Obispo County in order to promote healthy eating and family farming. Think of including picks from these choices on your holiday dinner tables, or support by joining their clubs and having their goods shipped to you back home.