Just two miles from downtown Paso Robles, Mighty Cap Mushrooms will satisfy your umami cravings with an opportunity to learn about and buy artisanal fungi such as blue and pink oysters. Owners Chris Batlle and Ren Gomes offer private tours of the five-acre farm, which currently produces 350 pounds a week for local chefs. One of those chefs, Rachel Ponce, is using Mighty Cap mushrooms for her new dining experience, Pair With Dead Oak, a seasonal restaurant operated out of Dead Oak Brewing Company in Atascadero. Applying her knowledge from working as an executive chef at a local winery, Ponce pairs a beer from Dead Oak and a wine option from a small, regional producer with each food item on the menu.
Follow the bees to Jack Creek Farms in Templeton for a honey-tasting straight from the hives to the farm stand. Savor flavors such as orange blossom, sage, and wildflower, and see if you can detect differences based on what crop the bees pollinated. If you’re in town on a Saturday, stop by the Templeton Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and you’ll find a plethora of produce plus everything you’ll need for a picnic—cheese, salami, bread, and hummus. For the biggest farmers’ market in the county, with plenty of dinner options, head to downtown San Luis Obispo on Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and traverse five blocks of mouthwatering fare including barbecue (gotta try the local favorite, Santa Maria–style tri-tip), tamales, tacos, and desserts such as churros, chocolate, and cookies.