Friday marks the only day of the year when it’s socially acceptable to pinch your peers if they are not wearing green — and, yes, we’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day.

Along with the holiday’s traditions of

  • styling shamrock-beaded necklaces
  • putting on Leprechaun-styled hats
  • possibly having a Guinness at McCarthy’s Irish Pub downtown
  • or even wearing the classic “Kiss me, I’m Irish” shirts

… nothing says St. Patrick’s Day more than a delicious and traditional Irish meal.

When thinking of iconic Irish foods, Shepherd’s Pie comes to mind. This hearty dish typically contains ground beef or lamb, carrots, peas, cheese, and — most importantly — potatoes! We say this because lucky for you (pun intended), our farmers’ market crops for March include none other than potatoes.

What a perfect opportunity to embrace your inner festive self and make your own Shepherd’s Pie this St. Patrick’s Day. Swing by your local SLO County Farmers to purchase fresh and local potatoes and have this St. Patrick’s Day be a day to remember.