San Luis Obispo, CA (June 2019) - This June, SLO CAL® (San Luis Obispo County, Cali.) visitors can experience local family farming by exploring SLO CAL’s new Farm Trail. Located throughout SLO CAL, the Farm Trail guides visitors to nine local farms, ranches and food purveyors. From handcrafted alpaca goods to organic lavender essential oils, visitors can choose their agricultural adventure and experience all that sustainable SLO CAL has to offer through the Farm Trail.
SLO CAL Crafted workshops, classes and demonstrations are conducted by FARMstead Ed at locations along the trail, such as a YES Cocktail Co. demonstration on how to transition locally grown produce into creative cocktail infusions and a Giving Tree Family Farm class on how to card alpaca fiber. Visitors can buy tickets in advance for classes and workshops or book an appointment to visit the farm. More information about the Farm Trail is available at SLOFarmTrail.com.
Participating farms include:
Chaparral Gardens – Chaparral Gardens Artisan Vinegars developed its first vinegar as an accident in 2005 due to an overabundance of raspberries. Now, Chaparral Gardens develops and sells a diverse variety of delicious vinegars and oils made from organic fruits, vegetables and herbs they grow on-site.
Address: 16422 Morro Rd, Atascadero, CA
Giving Tree Family Farm – For the past 11 years, Giving Tree Family Farms has raised a small herd of Nubian goats, eight alpaca, three potbellied pigs and an assortment of fowl. The farm welcomes visitors who want to learn a new skill such as cheese-making or producing goat-milk.
Address: 6135 Parkhill Rd, Santa Margarita, CA
The Groves on 41 – Karen Tallent and daughter Jennifer planted 4,000 olive trees in 2011 to support their dream of olive farming and olive oil production and have never looked back. In addition to growing and selling olive oils, The Groves on 41 also offers classes every Saturday morning that include a tour and olive-oil tasting.
Address: 4455 Highway 41 East, Templeton, CA
Harmony Lavender – From lavender bath salts to lip balm, Harmony Lavender has focused on the organic propagation, growing, harvesting and hand-crafting of all things lavender since 2009. Harmony Lavender is open daily by appointment only.
Address: 7045 Sycamore Rd, Atascadero, CA
Hartley Farms – Of the 37 acres comprising Hartley Farms in San Miguel, 30 acres are dedicated to a diverse fruit orchard of plums, nectarines, pears, cherries, pecans, walnuts, apricots and grapes. Hartley Farms also offers a beautiful 2-acre garden facility for special events.
Address: 6770 Estrella Rd, San Miguel, CA
Stepladder Ranch – Located just off Highway 1 in Cambria, CA, Stepladder Ranch has been family-owned and operated since its founding in 1871. The farmstead creamery makes and sells fresh and delicious cheeses from Lamancha goat and cow milk.
Address: 4450 San Simeon-Monterey Creek Rd, Cambria, CA
Talley Farms Fresh Harvest – The Talley Family has been farming since 1948 and currently grows, packs and ships 40 different vegetables on their 55-acre farmland. Talley Vineyards is comprised of 190 acres and is located on the hillsides above Talley Farms, and annually produces 36,000 cases of award-winning wine.
Address: 2900 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA
Templeton Valley Farms – Templeton Valley Farms has been dedicated to organic, natural and sustainable farming for over 50 years. The farm currently grows and sells fresh fruits, berries, vegetables, eggs, flowers and honey.
Address: 880 Climbing Tree Ln, Templeton, CA
Windrose Farm – Bill and Barbara Spencer purchased Windrose Farm in 1990. They dedicated their lives to full-time farming in 1995 and are now transitioning to biodynamic farming. In addition to a six-acre apple orchard, Windrose Farm maintains a five-acre sheep pasture and grows tasty tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, green and dry beans, peppers, eggplant and more over 12 acres. The remaining 27 acres carry animal, bird and insect life that support the plants.
Address: 5750 El Pharo Dr, Paso Robles, CA
The new Farm Trail isn’t the only way to experience SLO CAL’s year-round growing season. With hundreds of family farms sprinkled throughout SLO county, visitors can sample fresh oysters at Morro Bay Oyster Company, and enjoy a variety of delicious artisanal goods throughout the county. Farm enthusiasts can also enjoy year-round farmers markets in SLO CAL with fresh fruit and vegetables no matter the season. As a leader in agriculture, SLO CAL offers countless opportunities for visitors to support, experience and participate with local family farms. Discover more adventures at SLOCAL.com.
Media Contact: Madison Quiring | (805) 225-7228 | Madison@SLOCAL.com