When the topic comes up that I travel all the way to San Rafael for bootcamp, I get confused looks. It is a 30 minute drive each way on Sunday mornings for me. The training is great and I like the small group. A huge plus is that afterwards I can cross the street and visit the Marin Farmer’s Market. Living in Oakland I feel fortunate that I have the Downtown market on Fridays, the Lakeshore market on Saturdays, and the Jack London Square market on Sundays. The Marin Farmer’s Market on Sundays is held in the parking lot of the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. It claims to be the third largest market in California and has become one of my favorites. It might even be larger than combining the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday markets in Oakland together.
Some of my favorite food vendors in Marin County are present including Marin Sun Farms who sells all types of meat, Cowgirl Creamery selling their delicious cheeses, and Strauss Farms that sell their milk and ice cream.
Today I didn’t get any of the above. Maybe I was feeling a little guilty having just had a good work out. I bought some nectarines, pluots, and plums. I also got some of the last ears of corn and it was only 11am. The vendor from Brentwood claims to have picked them that same morning. They are always sweet and delicious. At 5 ears for $4, it better be.
Photos speak louder than words so here are some additional photos of some great produce.
I had built up an appetite and decided to grab a bite. The market has a large array of prepared food vendors including rotisserie chicken, dim sum, tacos, tamales, and wood fire oven pizza. If you know me, you probably guessed I got a pizza. Pizza Politana drags their custom built ovens to Farmer’s Markets in the Bay Area. I got a simple Margherita with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil. Yum, it hit the spot!
The Marin Farmer’s Market is not perfect. I realize that they are missing a couple of vendors. I still have reason to frequent the Oakland markets so I can pick up my salsa from Swank Farms and my 9 grain sourdough bread from Beckman’s!