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Jul 6, 2010 01:13 PM

Bolinas: Markets Nearby?

I'm headed to Bolinas next week (will be there 6 nights) and don't know of any markets nearby where I could by fresh fish and meats. I know of the two in Bolinas and of course oysters in Marshall...but are there any smaller markets or groceries I should know about?

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  1. There is plenty of great food to be found in Bolinas, you don't need to worry about that. What you should worry about is wine or beer, which can be overpriced and poorly selected in Bolinas.

    Prayer Flats farm has a stand along the road to Bolinas at the intersection of Olema Bolinas Road and Horseshoe Hill Road near the plant nursery. Very fresh produce. One day a week (Tuesday?), Star Route Farm has a stand a bit closer to town on Olema Bolinas Road.

    In town, the general store/market, Bolinas Market, has a butcher counter. Dianne is the butcher, and you should be sure to chat her up about what she has if you don't see things you want in the case. She often has more cuts of meat in the fridge that aren't on display yet, or might let you know to come back later in the day if the fishing boats have gone out. When the fish are schooling and the seas are calm enough, Bolinas has several local fishermen who go out and then sell their catch to Dianne. Last time we were up there, she had steelhead that had been caught that day, the time before, halibut.

    Also right in town is the People's Market, behind the library. They are better than the general store for dairy, produce, and bulk goods like nuts. I think they carry La Brea bread.

    If you're in the mood for a drive, you can drive up to Pt. Reyes Station and hit the market in the same building as the Cowgirl Creamery cheese "factory." It has a decent wine shop, Brickmaiden Bread, a cheese shop, prepared food deli, and good produce. We usually stop in if we're going to drive up to Marshall for oysters, though the novelty of the drive has worn off and I keep meaning to see if Dianne at Bolinas Market can order Hog Island oysters for me if given a day or two of advance notice.

    5 Replies
    1. re: SteveG

      Thank you so much! Great to know that Dianne gets fish, perfect! Thanks again!

      1. re: PlePod

        Diane is an expert butcher. She not only can recommend a certain cut or catch...she can tell you how to perfectly cook it and by the way... the fish is locally caught.

        1. re: Jim

          She taught me how to carve a chicken - boneless!

      2. re: SteveG

        Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop, Point Reyes Station (415) 663-8997 for pasture based food.
        Be sure to get some of their eggs they are the best.

        Farmers market at Toby's Feed Barn Pt. Reyes Station

        1. re: SteveG

          Sean Thackery wines are available at the liquor store by the post office. 1-2 bottles per purchase max on Pleiades. They also have Andromeda, Orion, etc.

        2. Also in Pt. Reyes Station is the Palace Market, a more general grocery store with a butcher counter in the back. I probably shop there about once a year, when staying a weekend in Marshall. While meats aren't the quality of Marin Sun Farms, everything I've purchased there was good (and a few things great, though I can't recall anything specific at this point).

          Palace Market
          11300 Shoreline Hwy, Point Reyes Station, CA