The popular event has expanded to three days this year, July 14-16, offering attendees more behind-the-scenes peeks at local agriculture. Tourists and townies, community members and agricultural enthusiasts will travel the SLO County Farm Trail to tour, taste and learn. They will come in droves, excited and interested to truly connect to our local agricultural experiences. The energy for discovery is amazing, the smiles infectious, and of course, the animals adorable. This year two new events are added to the 3-day weekend, a Friday Night Farmer’s Marketplace at Paso Robles City Park will kick-off the event and Shepard to Chef, a Saturday night fete at Rêves de Moutons, curated by Chef Rachel Ponce and Chef Justin Lewis will celebrate the new Black Market Cheese Company and local fare.
Open Farm Days is a self-guided journey of over 20 farms and ranches throughout San Luis Obispo County, many of which are not generally open to the public. Farmers and purveyors will open their gates to host farm tours, workshops, demo’s, tastings and unique agricultural experiences. Guests will blaze their own trail to learn how to milk a goat, observe busy bees in their hives, stroll through fresh flower fields, sip hard ciders and local wines, graze on locally grown groceries, taste exquisite olive oils, hand-craft aromatic & creative take-a-ways to remember the day by, tour the very fields their lunches were harvested from, cuddle with lambs, become educated gardeners, and so much more. Come relax at picnic spots, shop at pop-up markets, and enjoy tastings of food and potent potables.
Open Farm Day’s participants included AmByth Estate, Adelaida Botanical, Clearwater Color Nursery, Couleur de la vie, Dallidet Adobe & Garden, Giving Tree Family Farm, Gopher Glen Apple Farm, GreenLove Elixir, The Groves on 41, Hambly Farms, Hartley Farms, Irish Oaks Ranch, Kelpful, Kindred Oak Farm, Lazy Arrow Adventures at Camatta Ranch, Life Elements, Mighty Cap Mushrooms, Niner Estate Winery Chef’s Garden, Olea Farm, Our Global Family Farm, Rêves de Moutons, Sierra Honey Farm, SLO Creek Farms, Taddo’s Tallow, Talley Farms Fresh Harvest, Tiber Canyon.
Friday Night Farmer’s Marketplace at Paso Robles City Park
SLO County Farm Trail farmers, makers and friends will gather to show-off their locally grown and made to kick off the 3rd annual Open Farm Days Weekend. Meet local farmers & makers who grow our food and make our life essentials and creature comforts. Plan your farm trail adventures for the weekend, try your hand at the Farm Supply roping dummy, challenge a new friend at corn hole, play marketplace bingo for prizes, SHOP LOCAL!
Shepard to Chef
Join us for a summer evening of savoring, sipping and grazing with Black Market Cheese Company and Chefs Rachel Ponce and Justin Lewis at Rêves de Moutons as we celebrate the completion of their new dairy! Be greeted with a glass of bubbles at the barn, then take an evening tour with owners/dreamers Evan & Kristy Bishop, who will share their story, sheep-dreams, and farm life! Enjoy farm fresh cocktails and local wines at perfectly paired grazing vignettes around the property, highlighting locally grown and raised products from the SLO Co Farm Trail. This is certain to be a truly “ewe”nique agriCULTURAL evening experience "where elegance and farm life meet!” – Evan & Kristy Bishop, owners / dreamers / farmers, Rêves de Moutons and Black Market Cheese Co.
For a limited time, save on general admission tickets for the SLO Co Farm Trail’s 2023 Open Farm Days. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the SLO County Farm Trail, and The Great AGventure. Tickets and information for all of the SLO Co Farm Trail’s Open Farm Days events are available at farmstead.com. General admission price for the 2-day event is $55, but for a limited time, (until May 31) you can receive $5 off at check out. Children under 12 are free.
Imagery - Brittany APP
FARMstead ED: Bringing folks together with our locally grown via agricultural experiences and gatherings. San Luis Obispo County local, Lynette Sonne, founded FARMstead ED nearly 10 years ago to serve as a conduit between visitors and farmers; educating folks on the importance of sustainable practices, local land, and craft. Sonne organizes opportunities for both tourists and townies to learn about everything from meat to mixology via educational workshops & gatherings held at local farms, ranches and other production-related venues.
TOUR – TASTE – LEARN on the SLO County Farm Trail. Sonne’s agricultural roots started growing again with the SLO County Farm Trail three years ago, connecting agri-enthusiasts with ranches, farms, and purveyors of San Luis Obispo County with a printed and on-line trail map and the county’s first ever Open Farm Day in 2021. Visit our website atwww.farmsteaded.com for a copy of the SLO Co Farm Trail map and to learn more about our local family farms.