Kendra Aronson—local writer, photographer, designer, and self-publisher—launched her Kickstarter campaign on July 27 to fund The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Simple Seasonal Recipes & Short Stories from the Central Coast of California. The cookbook features 196 pages of 60 seasonal recipes and 40 short stories.

The recipes are organized by seasons (15 recipes per season) and are sub-divided into five categories: breakfast, light bites, lunch, dinner, and dessert (3 recipes per category). The latter part of the cookbook features short stories, interviews, and profiles of farmers, food artisans, and farm-to-table chefs.

In the spirit of a creating a collaborative community-driven cookbook, the majority of the recipes are provided by the food growers and crafters themselves to showcase the true taste of the Central Coast. Participants and contributors include: Artisan, Bautista Farms, Big Sky CafeCal Poly Organic Farm, Domingo Farms, Eclair BakeryEmber Restaurant, Esther’s Garden, Foremost Wine Co.Good Tides BakeryJensen Lorenzen (formerly Chef of the Cass House), Julia’s JuicesLittle Red Hen BreadLos Osos Valley OrganicsLuna RedMama’s MeatballMama’s PreservesMeze Wine Bar & BistroMt. Olive Organic FarmNative Herbs & Honey CompanyNegranti CreameryNovo Restaurant & LoungeOld San Luis BBQ Co., PC Cattle Co., Peppercreek Family FarmRed Barn Farm, Righetti Ranch, Rinconada DairyRobin’s RestaurantRutiz Family FarmstandSally Loo’sScout Coffee Co.Seaside Cafe & BakerySLO Creek FarmsSLO Grown ProduceSweet Pea BakeryThomas Hill Organics, and Y. Hayashi & Sons Farm.

Aronson’s goal is to raise $12k by August 27 to cover the up-front printing costs. Kickstarter is an online funding platform to help bring creative projects to life; financial supporters who back Kickstarter projects are offered rewards in exchange for their pledges. Rewards for the SLO Farmers’ Market Cookbook Kickstarter campaign include pre-orders of the cookbook, market tote bags, market maps, and more. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform. To make this cookbook a tangible printed reality please visit to pledge your support.