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Field to Fork: Marin's Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands

Looking for farm fresh kale or fresh artisan cheeses? Organic raspberries or stone fruit? Fresh chard or fresh-pressed olive oil?

A springtime bounty of fresh produce at Marin Farmers' markets
Photos by Ben Davidson/www.bendavidsonphoto.com

You will find this—and much more— presented in delightful seasonal bounty direct from the producers at weekly markets throughout the county. The twice-weekly market (Thursdays and Sundays) at the San Rafael Civic Center is the third largest in the state and is celebrating its 22nd year with more than 190 farms participating throughout the year and more than 300 varieties of farm fresh fruits and vegetables. The market also features 60 gourmet food purveyors and 100 artisans throughout the year selling many other gourmet food items, from specialty smoked salmon, artisan baked bread, honey, jam and hot sauces. This market is not only fun for shopping, on Sundays, there are activities for kids, like pony rides and inflatable jumpies.

So grab a market basket and a big floppy hat (it can be hot in summer), and prime your taste buds for an awesome day at Marin's best farmers' markets just north of the Golden Gate Bridge:

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Farmers' Market
Corte Madera Town Center
Wednesdays: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fairfax

Fairfax Farmers' Market
Peri Park, 124 Bolinas Rd.
Wednesdays: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Larkspur

Marin Country Mart
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing Circle
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mill Valley

Mill Valley Farmers' Market
CVS Parking Lot 759 E. Blithedale Ave. @ Alto Shopping Center
Fridays: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Tam Valley Farmers' Market
Shoreline Shopping Center, 219 Shoreline Hwy.
Tuesdays: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Novato

Novato Farmers' Market
Grant Ave. between Reichert and Machin
Tuesdays: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pt. Reyes Station

Pt. Reyes Farmers' Market
Toby's Feed Barn
11250 Hwy 1
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(note: Open June - November only)

Ross

Ross Valley Farmers' Market
Downtown Ross Post Office, Ross Common @ Lagunitas Rd.
Thursdays: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

San Rafael

Downtown San Rafael Farmers' Market
Fourth St. between B & Cijos
Thursdays: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Marinwood Farmers' Market
Marinwood Plaza, Marinwood Ave & Miller Creek Rd.
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday San Rafael Farmers' Market
Veterans' Memorial Auditorium Parking Lot
Thursdays: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday San Rafael Farmers' Market
Civic Center Drive/Peter Behr Drive
Sundays: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sausalito

Sausalito Farmers' Market
Dunphy Park, 1600 Bridgeway @ Napa Street
Sundays: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Discovering Marin’s Best Farm Stands

Outside of farmers' markets, buying fresh produce direct from a farm is a rarity these days. But there are a handful of farm stands that serve as a great excuse for a drive into Marin's bucolic countryside to pick up just-picked bundles or baskets of organic, sustainably-produced produce and maybe fresh eggs.

Bolinas

Star Route Farms
Fridays, 2-6pm
95 Olema Bolinas Road, Bolinas. For information, see www.starroutefarms.com

Gospel Flat Farm
Always open
Located just before the plant nursery and stop-sign on the Olema/Bolinas Road.

San Anselmo, San Geronimo, Ross and Woodacre

Marin Community Farm Stands are mobile farm stand trucks that represent twenty Marin Organic Farms from the communities of Bolinas, Point Reyes, Inverness, Nicasio, Tomales, Lagunitas and San Anselmo. For farm stand schedule information, see www.communityfarmstands.com.

Novato

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden
Wednesdays, 10am - 3pm
Indian Valley Campus Fields
1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. For information, see
http://ucanr.edu/sites/MarinMG/Community_Service_Projects/Demonstration_Gardens/Indian_Valley_Organic_Farm_and_Garden/

For a complete list of Marin farmers' markets see click here:

http://ucanr.edu/sites/Grown_in_Marin/Field_to_Fork/Farmers_Markets_and_Farm_Stands/Local_Farmers_Market_Schedule/