Some of the best, locally produced hummus and Mediterranean salads you will find anywhere! Farmers markets and local grocers carry their products. Slow Money SLO recently provided coaching, financial analysis and peer to peer lending to help Baba Small Batch purchase a packaging machine. This increases their production capacity and eliminated the need to outsource to a co-packer outside SLO County! For more details on their products and company story go to


Elemental Herbs is planning some new products, expanding their staff and has recently opened a new facility in Morro Bay, allowing them to bring their warehousing and distribution back to SLO County! Slow Money SLO provided assistance in early 2015. Find out more about their All Good Organic products at


These entrepreneurs are a recent local food and drink businesses funded with Slow Money SLO peer to peer loans. Reef Points makes a great dry, hard cider and has a second product coming out soon. Check out their mention in Wine Enthusiast magazine, links below!  This is not your typical cider, definitely worth a try if you are dining at Sidecar, or you can find it at many other restaurants and groceries across SLO County.


Black Diamond Vermicompost provided us with a great education on vermicompost and how her business has grown over the past few years, by business owner Cristy Christie. Also, Stefanie from Farm Fuel spoke about their natural pesticide and fertilizers from organic materials, for small and large farms. Nicki Anderson updated us on the happenings and upcoming events at the SLO City Farm, including their children’s garden!


Here is an update from Virginia that I received in March. Vert Foods launched in October 2012 with a vision to provide nourishing foods to individuals and families in SLO County. Our image was similar to a farm box but instead of being filled with veggies and fruits, it would be packed with ready to eat prepared meals using nutrient dense cooking foundations.

With the help of SLOW Money SLO, Vert Foods was able to establish our company and get a kitchen in cooperation with the SLO Grange Hall. We are now 60 days into our official start and are serving over 25 families and hosting events throughout SLO County. Vert Foods looks forward to furthering our vision by expanding into teaching classes, a cooperative kitchen and space, where the mission of providing nourishment and joy will thrive.

Stay up to date on Vert Foods events at and check out this recent press! Vert Foods in Santa Maria Times


The first loans provided by members of the Slow Money San Luis Obispo chapter have been made to The Natural Foods Co-Op in San Luis Obispo, The Co-op has been serving the local community for more than 30 years. Specializing in locally sourced food and with on staff experts, they provide a full service grocery plus many other items. Currently located on St. Francis street off Broad, south of downtown San Luis Obispo, the Co-op has signed a lease on a space just down the street and will soon receive approval for their construction. The new location adds on site parking, more than double the space and the opportunity to provide a wider selection of food choices.