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pt reyes/marshall california.....good markets for provisioning

cathy WATERMAN Aug 3, 2012 12:59 PM

heading up to marshall for a week in early sept with my family to relax and cook and look around this beautiful area....we are in a rental house and would love recommendations for local provisioning. the farmers market in pt reyes is on saturday and we arrive on tuesday...would love to know good markets and or organic farms that sell to the public. fruits, vegs, grains...
and recommendations for good bread as well. does anyone know if chad robertson's bakery, the bay village bakery is still operating? maybe under a different name?
thanks alot.

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  1. wolfe RE: cathy WATERMAN Aug 3, 2012 01:26 PM

    Point Reyes Station, Brick Maiden, Cowgirl Creamery, Bovine Bakery.

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      cathy WATERMAN RE: wolfe Aug 3, 2012 01:50 PM

      thanks wolfe. have noted the available postings but havent found reference to grocery stores or farms in the area. though just found reference to wildflour bakery in freestone that sounds great. we dont mind driving...

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        rubadubgdub RE: cathy WATERMAN Aug 3, 2012 02:54 PM

        Wildflour is awesome (and I'm someone who usually doesn't like bread) and a nice drive out. If you're out that far, it may be worthwhile to drop down into Bodega Bay to see if Lucas Wharf wholesale market has any local salmon. In season they are our fave stop for the best live crab. They are behind the restaurant and retail store/fish fry shop, prob best to call ahead (707) 875-3562.

        Closer to PR, if you drive to Bolinas, Gospel Flat Farm has a lovely honor system farm stand. Some online direx say: After you make the left that has no sign from Highway 1 onto Olema Road you will see a sign for organic produce and flowers.

        Of course, stock up on oysters, clams, mussels at Hog Island in Marshall.

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          cathy WATERMAN RE: rubadubgdub Aug 3, 2012 07:14 PM

          thank you...will for sure try out the farm stand and hog island....we are staying in marshall so that will be really cool.

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            pamf RE: rubadubgdub Aug 3, 2012 10:33 PM

            Wild Flour is incredible, breads, scones, biscotti, everything was beyond delicious. They also serve coffee and have a garden with some tables if you want to sit there for a bit.

            But call and check their hours and days when they are open before you make the drive, and they were cash only when I was there about a year ago.

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              cathy WATERMAN RE: pamf Aug 4, 2012 08:38 AM

              thank you....it sounds worth a drive....and i did check their hours and they arent open mid-week???? will call for sure.

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                alfairfax RE: cathy WATERMAN Aug 4, 2012 08:58 AM

                Wildflour is certainly good, but not in Pt Reyes/Marshall neighborhood.

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                  cathy WATERMAN RE: alfairfax Aug 4, 2012 10:37 AM

                  i know they are a drive but we're willing to drive for something special......
                  thanks for the response.

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            wolfe RE: cathy WATERMAN Aug 4, 2012 09:37 AM

            The link showed the Palace Market for provisions. I do not see Marin Sun Farms mentioned for meat so i'll toss it in.
            Was that Chez Madelaine all those years ago?

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              cathy WATERMAN RE: wolfe Aug 4, 2012 10:40 AM

              thanks for the reply......being vegetarians, will skip the meat stops and let the carnivores in the family get their fill at places like stellina......any other restaurant recs in the area would be great. we are going to st helena for lunch one day......maybe a market there....in fact, i think dean and deluca might be there and that's always fun.....

        2. Robert Lauriston RE: cathy WATERMAN Aug 3, 2012 02:26 PM

          Palace Market in Point Reyes Station is big and pretty well stocked. http://www.palacemarket.com/

          Tomales Bay Foods a block or two away is West Marin's answer to the Rockridge Market Hall or Ferry Building. Owned by Cowgirl Creamery (or vice-versa).

          Brick Maiden took over the old Bay Village, they're wholesale only but I imagine either Palace or Tomales Bay Foods sells their stuff.

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            chefj RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 3, 2012 04:09 PM

            One comment about the Palace they carry mostly local produce when they can, which is nice.

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              cathy WATERMAN RE: chefj Aug 3, 2012 07:16 PM

              that's what i'm looking for....can't wait.
              thank you.

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                j mather RE: chefj Aug 4, 2012 08:50 AM

                Also, Palace carries fresh salsas and guacamole made by one of their kitchen staff. It is really tasty to have around the cabin, and I always bring some home with me too.

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                  cathy WATERMAN RE: j mather Aug 4, 2012 10:40 AM

                  i love that....thanks, i can't imagine a meal without an avo.

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                cathy WATERMAN RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 3, 2012 07:14 PM

                perfect....just what i am looking for. thank you robert.

              3. Robert Lauriston RE: cathy WATERMAN Aug 3, 2012 02:58 PM

                I'm not sure if it's seasonal, but you can dig clams in Tomales Bay.

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                  FishTales RE: cathy WATERMAN Aug 4, 2012 09:48 AM

                  Cowgirl Creamery has a great selection of cheese, fresh bread, crackers, wine, & a deli counter.


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                    cathy WATERMAN RE: FishTales Aug 4, 2012 10:41 AM

                    that will be one of our first stops.....a few of us are non-dairy but the others will go nuts here.

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                    cathy WATERMAN RE: cathy WATERMAN Sep 11, 2012 10:35 AM

                    just returned from a week in the pt reyes area and thought i'd add my thoughts.
                    in pt reyes, palace market is good for basics and they stay open late, cowgirl creamery store next door is pretty limited but had some great take out food (chicken and smoked salmon).
                    perry's in inverness is pretty great as a takeout deli....
                    we loved wildflour bakery in freestone...the biscotti were fabulous and the people who work there couldnt be nicer.
                    everyone who eats oysters loved the marshall store.....not so much nick's up the road.
                    and the hike through the tulle elk preserve out at pierce point is off the chart.....and so is the drive to the lighthouse.
                    loved stellinas. delicious food and excellant service.
                    thanks all of you who helped me. i appreciate the time you took.

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                      cathy WATERMAN RE: cathy WATERMAN Sep 11, 2012 10:40 AM

                      forgot to say that we took a fabulous drive on joy lane on the way back to marshall from freestone and wildflour bakery and picked up some delicious pesto from an honor system table in front of a house. it was a gorgeous drive that ended up in bodega bay.

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