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Bill and Barbara Spencer
If you’re the traveler who’s looking for an experience to bring you back down to earth, Bill and Barbara Spencer’s itinerary is the one for you. Their property, Windrose Farm, is a frequent stop for local FARMstead ED classes, and they would be happy to tell you just which farm the veggies on your plate came from. Check out which local spots get the stamp of approval from #TheFarmers!
Breakfast at Kitchenette
Taste: This quaint cafe serves up delicious breakfast, quiches and coffee, or beer and wine at lunch if you need it!
Maverick Tip: Chef Kobayashi prepares his dishes at Kitchenette from locally sourced, high-quality ingredients, so you know you’re getting the best.
Olive Oil Tasting and Tour at
The Groves on 41
Taste: The Groves on 41 makes some amazing flavored oils as well as basic Spanish and Tuscan oils. We like the garlic and citrus infused best.
Maverick Tip: One of Barbara’s favorite things about Groves is that it’s owned and run by women farmers, Jennifer and Karen Tallent.
Tour and Farm Stand at
See: We think Windrose Farms is an incredibly unique and beautiful place and are lucky to call it home. You can wander and explore the farm and see the rolling hills alongside our diverse and semi-well planned crops.
Maverick Tip: When you stop by to visit, pick up some of our cherry tomatoes when they are in season. We like to think of them as “nature’s M&M's.”
Class with FARMstead ED
Do: Take a hands-on class with FARMstead ED to get in touch with your food and where it comes from.
Meet: Lynette Sonne, who will help guide you through interactive workshops like planting your own cocktail garden and cheesemaking 101.
Maverick Tip: FARMstead ED also hosts seasonal table-to-farm dinners where you can enjoy dishes on the farm where the ingredients came from.
Wine Tasting at Tobin James Cellars
Drink: Barbara loves bubbles, and Tobin James Cellars makes a really good, inexpensive bottle of sparkling wine!
Maverick Tip: The Western theme here is really fun and makes for a great place to enjoy a picnic or one of the many special events hosted by the winery.
Breakfast at Fig at Courtney’s House
Eat: Fig at Courtney's House grows their own herbs and vegetables in the backyard, so when you enjoy breakfast here, the tomatoes and greens you see on your plate will be as fresh as they can get.
Maverick Tip: The restaurant is involved as a non-profit, providing the opportunity for young adults with special needs to help in the kitchen and garden.
Tour and Cheese Tasting at
Taste: The avocados that used to grow on this property were rich and creamy, but the cheese that owners Jack and Michelle are producing now is even better than you can imagine.
Maverick Tip: You have to take Jack’s tour of the Stepladder Creamery farm when you visit. It really speaks to the entire philosophy and challenges of what small farmers face.
Tour and U-Pick Experience at
Jack Creek Farms
Explore: The farm has a world-class produce stand, or you can wander and pick your own produce straight from the ground. There are goats, ducks and rabbits to visit, and honey and cider tasting as well.
Maverick Tip: Jack Creek Farms is a 5th generation family farming business. If you have the chance, ask about the story behind the farm and how Joy and Tim (mom and dad) met.
Wine Tasting at Linne Calodo
Drink: Whether you prefer red or white, Linne Calodo produces spectacularly elegant wines.
Maverick Tip: This is another one of those really wonderful wineries that you wouldn’t normally stumble upon unless you knew it was there. The striking design of the building really catches your eye. They often sell out so make sure to grab a bottle or two on your next visit!
Paso Robles Farmers’ Market
Explore: We always encourage visitors to experience the various farmers' markets in the area. You'll find one in Paso on Tuesdays and Fridays as well as one in Templeton, the next town over, on Saturdays.
Dinner at Il Cortile Ristorante
Eat: Using fresh, locally grown produce and authentic ingredients to make their plates, Il Cortile Ristorante serve up beautiful Italian dishes around.
Maverick Tip: We have friends who are our farmers' market customers in Santa Monica, and Il Cortile is always their stop for a lovely dinner when traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you have the chance, make a reservation here next time you are in Paso Robles.