For fresh flavors, look no further than these San Luis Obispo County food and drink makers.
Here are a handful of companies to watch in 2018 that offer everything from locally raised meat to microgreens to cocktail mixers.
California Bee Co.
This San Luis Obispo company specializes in hand-harvested raw honey that tastes like it’s “right from the hive.” Owner Jeremy Rose sources the sweet stuff from more than 800 hives in about 15 locations between Santa Barbara and Santa Clara counties; he sells seasonal honey varieties, honeycombs and beeswax as several local farmers markets and stores.
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The specialty microgreens from Gracious Greens in Grover Beach bring a pop of visual interest to dishes, and pack a whopping punch of nutrition. You can find the greens at various farmers markets and select retail locations throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Want to craft an amazing cocktail? Simply mix one of Root Elixirs’ nonalcoholic flavored sodas, made in San Luis Obispo, with your favorite liquor. The company just added a refreshing new flavor — cucumber elderflower — to a lineup that includes ginger beer, grapefruit jalapeno and strawberry lavender.
SLO Bitter Co.
Spirits from Re:Find Distillery in Paso Robles make up the base of SLO Bitter Co.’s small-batch bitters — highly concentrated alcohol flavored with roots, spices and other botanicals perfect for perking up cocktails. Charred cedar and blackstrap bitters are perfect for a smoky Manhattan, while grapefruit and chili brings a new spicy dimension to margaritas.
Based in San Luis Obispo, SLO Veg is a subscription-based service that delivers a box of assorted farm-fresh produce right to your door or a local pick-up point. You can even add local honey, olive oil and fresh fish to your order.
Sunshine Bottle Works
This Paso Robles soda maker debuted in early 2017 with three flavors — cream soda, root beer and Spezi, a blend of cola and orange soda popular in parts of Europe — and quickly spread to more than 60 retailers throughout San Luis Obispo County. A spicy ginger beer is due out soon.
The Larder Meat Co.
Love meat? The Larder Meat Co. delivers steaks, chicken, pork chops and more to your doorstep every month. The San Luis Obispo company sources its products from local farms and ranches, ensuring that your bacon or breakfast sausage is coming from animals that are healthy, humanely-raised and hormone-free.
Katy Budge is a freelance writer from Atascadero. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.