Marin's Farm to Fork Bounty
Posted in Blogging Marin on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 by MCVB Staff
Do you enjoy a little culinary tourism every once in a while? If you’ve never tried it, it’s worth giving it a shot. Not only does touring local farms around Marin create lasting memories, but savoring delicious meals together with friends and family also fosters community. From farm tours to farmers' markets and farm-to-table restaurants, there are many exciting experiences to enjoy!
The team at the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau decided to come up with a comprehensive guide for food tourists of all levels who want to try out this exciting way of exploring new destinations. Keep reading to learn more about the hidden gems that Marin County has to offer.
Getting Started with Culinary Tourism
Marin Farm Tours
Have you ever wondered how the ingredients you use in your daily cooking are sourced? Exploring a working farm and learning about Agri-Tourism in Marin can give one exciting insights into how much hard work, love, and care go into producing various nutritious components of our diets.
Point Reyes Farmstead
If you’re a cheese lover (one could say you’re a cheesemonger), then the cheesemaking process might be interesting to observe.
Nestled on a pastoral family dairy, The Fork was custom-built with education and entertainment in mind. Here, you can delve into their history, sustainable farming practices, and the art of cheesemaking through a variety of events suitable for groups of all sizes (don't forget to make reservations!).
On the delightful patio, overlooking picturesque hillsides and Tomales Bay, they offer a bountiful cheese-tasting experience with optional farm tours on foot, along with extra delicious bites or meals.
If you are a supporter of sustainable farming practices, this ranch will leave you in awe.
Just 30 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, McEvoy Ranch is spread across a lush 550-acre organic wonderland. They've managed to strike a perfect balance with nature by planting only 15% of their ranch. This way, they can be excellent land stewards for their olive orchards, vineyards, and other fruits, vegetables, and flora thriving on the estate.
Imagine strolling among the Tuscan olive trees, vineyards, natural ponds, hiking trails, and all the native wildlife, creating the most relaxing and breathtaking views you could dream of.
Food and Farm Tours
Since 2012, Food & Farm Tours has become a cherished experience for both Bay Area residents and visitors. The tours offer a chance to immerse oneself in the abundance of Marin and Sonoma Counties through personalized culinary adventures set amidst the finest local farms and restaurants. These farm tours range from savoring artisanal cheese while enjoying the company of cute baby goats and sheep, to venturing behind the scenes on coastal oyster tours and participating in guided pairing sessions at breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Just an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Food & Farm Tours guarantees exclusive and intimate moments that are truly distinctive.
The Haven is conveniently located about an hour and a half north of San Francisco and just a stone's throw away from the Pacific Ocean.
Are you a meat eater? Then you might enjoy a walking tour of the working beef and sheep ranch. Your adventure will start at the Historic Barn, where you'll get a brief background on Marin agriculture and the delicious products you can include in your daily meals.
After that, you will have a wonderful forest hike, enjoying the scent of Eucalyptus trees mixed with the fresh coastal air and a relaxing stroll along the canyon overlook.
Growing tired of farm tours? We could never get bored of our favorite farms, but we LOVE getting to taste the product at some of Marin’s excellent farm-to-fork restaurants.
The Marshall Store
Here, you can enjoy savoring a delightful array of classic dishes, all carefully crafted from scratch and harvested fresh every day. From mouthwatering oysters, hearty clam chowder, and delicious fish tacos to scrumptious sandwiches, smoked meats, and locally sourced cheeses, The Marshall Store has it all!
You'll be delighted to know that they take pride in using seasonal and local ingredients in every dish they serve. Oh, and let's talk about those wonderful sandwiches—they're served on bread straight from their very own bakery! As if that's not enough, they've got some sweet treats waiting for you too. Indulge in soft-serve gelato and gigantic chocolate chip cookies. Trust us, you won't be able to resist!
This is a culinary gem on the bay, just a quick walk away from the Larkspur Landing ferry dock. With style, finesse, and a comforting atmosphere, it promises a full-flavored experience that celebrates the best of Northern California.
At Farmshop Marin, they take pride in utilizing the finest local ingredients to craft dishes that truly capture the region's essence. Whether in a glass of wine, on a plate, or in a single bite, you'll taste the authentic flavors of Northern California.
Hog Island Oysters
Join Hog Island Oysters for their weekly Happy Hour from Monday to Thursday, starting at 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. During this delightful time, you'll get to enjoy discounted beer, wine, and cocktails, along with Chef B's special small plate offerings. Plus, there's always a featured oyster waiting to delight your taste buds!
Now, let's talk about MADCAP—an upscale dining spot with an intimate and casual setting that exudes an urban vibe. The owner and chef, Ron Siegel, brings his passion for organic and farm-raised products to the table, creating a tantalizing tasting menu that changes with the seasons.
Wishing to fill your bags with organic produce? Then a farmer’s market is your go-to destination.
Get ready for a delightful seasonal treat on Saturdays from June 10th to November 4th, 2023! The Point Reyes Farmers Market may be a short-lived affair, but it's bursting with amazing offerings.
As the summer rolls in, you can feast your eyes and taste buds on a bounty of fresh, flavorful warm-weather produce like juicy tomatoes, zesty peppers, and mouthwatering melons. And don't forget to brighten your day with some vibrant blooms from Point Reyes Flowers!
Marin Community Farmers Markets
Marin Community Farmers Markets include three fantastic locations: Corte Madera Farmers Market, Mill Valley Farmers Market, and Strawberry Village Farmers Market.
Their mission is crystal clear. It’s to provide farmers' markets with development strategies that bring to life high-quality, vibrant community marketplaces. Each market reflects the unique culture and lifestyle of its neighborhood, creating a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone.
Whether you're a seasoned foodie or just starting your delicious journey, Marin's got all the temptations waiting for you. So come on down and discover the beauty and bounty of Marin County! It's a foodie paradise you don't want to miss.
For the best places to stay in Marin, visit the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau at visitmarin.org/hotels.