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Seasonal zing 

Minty fresh: Welcome, Mint + Craft! The latest restaurant concept from Robin and Shanney Covey, owners of Robin’s restaurant, Novo restaurant, Luna Red, and Café Fiero, is now open at 848 Monterey St. offering up a casual cafe and artisanal goods mercantile (open daily from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Visit for more information) … Pickled vegetables are the secret to happiness: As you know, you can find new edible treasures every day in your home garden, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box, or at the farmers’ market. Maybe you’ve got too many? Rather than wasting the vegetables that took so much energy to grow, pickle them with the Quick Pickle Kit to enjoy later. This innovative product was developed by Los Osos locals Andrea Wasko and Meaghan Gilbert, who have been developing and launching new cooking products for more than 30 years (get info at

Spring soirees

Good apples: The second annual Central Coast Cider Festival is returning to the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake this May 13. Enjoy cider tastings from the region’s top craft producers, a traditional English pig roast prepared by Chef Jeffery Scott of Vineyard Events, live music by Erin & The Earthquakes and a commemorative 2017 Cider Festival glass ( … Music lovers will rejoice with news that Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen has launched a new jazz brunch for the season. The series runs Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and concludes on May 14. To view the full schedule of performers and to book reservations, go to

The dirt

Dirty deeds: Jump into spring with a trip to the farmers market on April 29 at Tractor Supply Company in San Luis Obispo. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the farmers market at 120 Tank Farm Road will feature homemade and homegrown goods from local farmers’ and crafters, along with gardening advice to help new growers get started. Contact the San Luis Obispo Tractor Supply store at 595-1055 for more details … Road trip! Get your hands dirty this May 13 with a free compost workshop happening from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mussell Senior Center in Santa Maria. Pick up some free compost and check out vegetable plants for sale, too. Plus, you’ll hear some wise words from guest speaker, author, and sustainable gardener Billy Goodnick. Contact Melissa at or 925-2771.

Hayley Thomas Cain talks dirty. She can be reached at

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