Where the Foodies Flock in Northern California

Picnic Ring Mountain [Marin County, California]

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, through the fog and into sunny Marin County. In this bucolic corner of the world you’ll find towering redwoods, basking elephant seals, famous mountain biking, world-class parks and a thriving focal point for the locavore movement. 

If fresh foods are your passion, Marin County should be at the top of your bucket list. From nationally recognized local cheese producers to pick-your-own pumpkins, the food here is fresh, local and sustainable. Dreaming about fresh fruits and veggies, homemade breads, organic milk and just-caught seafood? Here’s what every foodie needs to know when visiting Marin County:

Cheese [Marin County, California]

Where to find that cheese. Marin County cheesemakers have turned fresh cream into masterpieces of all shapes, sizes and flavors. You could be noshing on a wedge of Camembert, or trying a range of farmstead varieties. Whether your taste runs from sharp to mild, adventurous to selective, there are enough Marin County creameries to go around.

Sample the tastes on the Sonoma-Marin Cheese Trail. Wind your way through Marin County’s fertile farm fields, gorgeous ocean headlands and tall redwood forests for stops at local creameries. Along the route you’ll find nationally recognized Cowgirl Creamery offering demonstrations and tours at its facility in Point Reyes Station. 

Oysters at Larkspur Farmers Market [Marin County, California]

What to eat fresh from the sea. The answer is simple enough: Everything. Each day Marin County fishing fleets trawl the waters of the Pacific. While you’re biking, hiking or enjoying the scenery, they are hard at work fishing for your dinner. If you’re walking along a local waterfront, you may see the day’s catch being hauled to shore. In a few short hours, those oysters could be on your plate along with a citrus splash of lemon. 

How to do pick-your-own-produce. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned pro, there’s always something fresh and in-season to pick in Marin County. At local farms you can experience the sweetness of freshly harvested blueberries, stain your fingers crimson with spring strawberries or help bring in the autumn apple harvest. Pick pumpkins and learn about the history of local farming and ranching operations. Your kids can pet horses, or feed goats right from their hands. While you’re on the farm, you are experiencing the beating heart of Marin County’s local agricultural movement.   

Desert at Frantoio

Where to drink. Marin County’s local bounty doesn’t stop with your dinner plate. These fertile hills and valleys grow the grapes that eventually fill your wineglass. For a look and taste of local winemaking operations, stop in at Trek Winery. Taste by the glass or shop for olive oil, wine and other gifts. Plan ahead for a visit to Heidrun Meadery where local bees produce the honey that makes mead so perfectly sweet.

Where to buy local. If a visit to the homestead isn’t on your itinerary, your next best bet is the Marin Farmers Market on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Farmers and artisans from all over the region have their wares and fares on sale. Beautiful pyramids of local tomatoes, fresh honey, lettuce, radishes and more are laid out for you to purchase. As local shoppers know, there’s nothing tastier than a meal grown just minutes away in the rich California soil. 

Are you hungry for a local meal? Check out the FREE Marin County Visitor Guide for all things fun, fresh and delicious. 

Content provided by Visit Marin 

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