You Mon Tsang October 26th, 2009
UPDATED on 11/9: this event is SOLD OUT!
On Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm at Toby’s Feed Barn, the organizers of the Point Reyes Farmers Market will be hosting a fundraiser dinner to support the market and its farmers and vendors.
The dinner will be catered by Pam Ferrari, dessert by Sandra Wickholm, Wedgewood Organic Baker and music will be provided by Tim Weed and Friends
A silent auction of local artists’ renditions of autumn apples will be held. Bidding will take place at the October and November Farmers’ Markets, with final bidding held at the Harvest Dinner.
Tickets are sliding scale: $45 and up – as much as you can contribute to assure the continuity of the market.
Also available are reserved tables: $300 gets a table for 6; $400 for a table for 6 or 8; $500 for a table for 6 or 8.
Tickets are available at the Farmers’ Market and after November 7th at Point Reyes Books.
Also, it’s BYOB.
You Mon Tsang August 27th, 2009
For many in the Bay Area, the first day of school has already happened, but you can relive the summer this weekend as the Point Reyes Farmers Market has its first ever Kids & Families Day. This Saturday, August 29, head to Point Reyes Station for the freshest and most local produce as well as enjoy the special activities designed for the children.
9:30am-1pm: Music by Peter Franklin with child-size percussion instruments for all ages to play. Kids get involved in the music for the morning’s market, and dance and sing along to Peter!
1 am: Kids Cook with Jennifer Carden, author of Toddler Café. Jennifer engages kids in the fun of cooking. She teaches fast, healthy and fun ways to feed even the pickiest eater!
11:30am: Instrument-making with WM musician/author Bart Hopkins, in the Gallery, with Robin Goodfellow. Adults and kids alike will be welcome to try their hands at easy musical instrument making at this event taking place in the back room at Toby’s. The event celebrates the publication of Making Musical Instruments with Kids by West Marin author Bart Hopkin. Bart will be joined by one of the key contributors to the book, Robin Goodfellow.
You Mon Tsang August 21st, 2009
Beat the dog days by heading out to Point Reyes. The tule elk are in action, bugling, fighting and forming their harems. The Point Reyes Farmers Market has beautiful food and produce. Last weekend, Chef Belov from FISH in Sausalito made fish ceviche and spoke passionately and clearly about the challenges of procuring fish and food sustainably.
As a bonus this weekend, celebrate 100 years of the worldwide hostelling movement at the Point Reyes Hostel. They’re hosting a BYO picnic in the heart of Point Reyes National Seashore on Sunday, August 23, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. They’ll have complimentary Lagunitas beer, organic lemonade, and It’s It ice cream sandwiches. You bring something to throw on the grill or whip up in the hostel’s fully equipped kitchen. Festivities also include prize giveaways and live music by “siren folk metal quartet” Pink Sabbath.
For more information, visit: http://norcalhostels.org/reyes/news/p,3434/
You Mon Tsang July 8th, 2009
Market Talk is a series of interviews with the farmers and vendors of the Point Reyes Farmers Market.
The Wild Blue Farm stand at the Point Reyes Farmers Market is impossibly colorful with the produce looking much too good to eat. Throughout the season, Wild Blue will offer everything from edible flowers to pumpkins to raspberries to tomatillos to lavender to beets and more. If you get to the market early, you will be treated a beautiful display of bounty. But hurry, Wild Blue sells their produce quickly.
Here’s our quick chat with Margie McDonald, who runs the farm with her husband Jack Corwin.
* Tell us about Wild Blue Farm
Wild Blue Farm is about 10 acres and we farm about 4. We bought the farm 10 years ago. There was only one very old apple tree here. Its about 75 years old and is an heirloom called Grimes Golden, the original Johnny Apple-seed apple.
* From your farm, what are the market-goers’ favorites?
The market customers love the raspberries, they are surreal. They also love the beautiful 4 color carrots; purple, red, yellow and orange. We also have beautiful, delicious and unusual winter squash. I love the strange looking ones.
* What are your best-kept secrets?
The best kept secret is the small seckel pear that we grow. When we bring it to market it only lasts a minute or two. People who know of this pear buy bags of it and the rest of our customers don’t even get to see it. We have planed a few more trees to meet the demand.
* What do you buy at the Point Reyes Farmers Market?
At the market I love to buy Peter Worsley’s heirloom tomatoes and fresh honey from Beekind.
Wild Blue Farm and Marin Organic are holding a tour of the farm on Sunday, July 26, 2009. See the Point Reyes calendar for more info.
You Mon Tsang June 24th, 2009
Get out here this first full summer weekend. The weather is predicted to be very nice and the wonderful Point Reyes Farmers Market opens (get there by 10a for an opening toast to the season).
While you are enjoying the long days, keep an eye out for jellies washed up on the beaches; they are susceptible to temperature changes in the upper layers of water. The park folks say “Tomales Bay State park rangers have been finding dinner plate sized – ice tea colored “Lions Mane ” jellies on their beaches, these may have tentacles that sting and cause an allergic reaction. Clear moon jellies with white crescents do not have stinging tentacles. Usually, by the time they are on the beaches, the tentacles have been eaten away.”
Photo thanks to Richard James.
You Mon Tsang June 22nd, 2009
This is a guest letter by Lyons Filmer, Point Reyes Farmers Market Steering Committee member.
A poem of gratitude, a letter of blessings – beautiful texts written about the special qualities we see in our everyday lives. Writings by West Marin School student Adrian Vega and farmer Sandy Dierks are my inspirations as this year’s Point Reyes Farmers Market readies to open on Saturday, June 27.
“So I love” my farmers market…..here in the town where I live, with farmers and vendors who come from nearby, selling what they’ve grown and made with care. I am blessed to know where this food comes from: lettuces from Paradise Valley soil nurtured by Dennis and Sandy Dierks…..Fresh Run romano beans from Peter Martinelli in Bolinas…..raspberries out of (the) Wild Blue of Tomales from Jack and Margie…..Jams and eggs from Susan Martinelli’s Creekside Garden…..Peter Worsley apples a hop-skip-and-a-tractor-ride from the mesa…..Lunny oysters straight from the briney in their snug-fitting jackets…..Sartori strawberries have no sartorial troubles, they come dressed in their juicy flesh…..Biodynamic herbs power Moonflowers’ creams and essences. I am blessed that these farmers consider soil and sun, wind, rain and micro-climate when choosing what and when to grow, that I may enjoy it all!
Katia and Doug of Beekind place their bees with careful intention; what’s in bloom to tempt their buzzing crew? What fruit is the ripest for this week’s tarts? That’s Sandra’s quest as Wedgewood Baker. Brickmaiden Celine raises dough (it’s faster than kids!) into loaves and baguettes. Windrush wools are vegetable-dyed, from sheep Mimi Luebbermann raises. I love Duck Derby quackers, kittens & Kathy from Planned Feralhood; MALT’s hikes and farm tours. Breakfast or lunch? Grilled cheese sandwiches, Mexican dishes, juices, teas, and coffees. Sit at picnic tables, enjoying wonderful music Carolyn Strausser arranges. Pick up ideas and tasty samples from guest chefs Amy Whelan choreographs. Star in a Richard James photo. And more & more……..
“So I love” these people, and all who attend my farmers market – schoolkids, tourists, house-husbands, bankers, teachers, tots, the grumpy and growly, the new-comers and old-timers, I look forward to them all. There’s Chris and Oscar, without whom……and market manager Bonnie Guttman, market sponsors Toby’s Feed Barn, Marin Organic, Point Reyes Books, the County of Marin.
What a place to be, my farmers market. “All this, so I love.” (Gracias, Adrian.)
Photos thanks to Richard James.
You Mon Tsang March 25th, 2009
UPDATED (4/7/09): The 2009 schedule has been set. The market will open on June 27, 2009 and end on November 7. I will update this post as more specific information arrives.
In the meantime, check out the 2008 Point Reyes Farmers Market Schedule to get a taste of what’s in store for 2009.
You Mon Tsang September 11th, 2008
At the Point Reyes Farmers Market, I’ve been too busy looking at produce and cheese to try out the grilled cheese sandwich vendor. Strange since I love grilled cheese sandwiches!
Luckily, the folks at Sunset gave it a try and declared the “best grilled cheese on the planet.” Here’s what’s in it:
Two slices of locally-baked Brickmaiden wholewheat bread slathered with Straus sweet butter and pressed with Bravo Farm cheddar (available from Cowgirl Creamery), and, this is the best part, one Point Reyes Station egg, fried.
Next time I am at the market, you can be sure I will be on line.
UPDATE: Well, I tasted the three types: just cheese, with egg, and with caramelized onions. They were very decadent and delicious.
Read the whole article…
You Mon Tsang June 21st, 2008
Today was the first day of the 2008 season of the Point Reyes Farmers Market. This market is the all local, all certified organic produce market. If you passing through the area, definitely stop and pickup some produce for home and lunch for a beach picnic. You will find many local farms and artisans represented as well as a nice mix of local flavor and international visitors.
The 2008 Point Reyes Farmers Market takes place every Saturday (June 21 – November 1, 2008) from 9AM to 1PM (rain or shine).
Location: Toby’s Feed Barn, 11315 Highway One, Point Reyes Station, CA. Click for a map with a photo of Toby’s.
Here is the calendar of the Point Reyes Farmers Market’s events for 2008.
Point Reyes Farmers Market Calendar 2008
||Market Opens/Solstice Celebration/KWMR coverage
||Guest Chef: Drakes Beach Cafe,
Music: Bossa Nova & other engaging rhythms by Bill and Stephanie
||Guest Chef: Olema Inn,
Music: Harmony and Pellingston, Latin Jazz
||Paper movie play “The Science and Practice of Organic Farming”
||Guest Chef: Marshall Store, Music: TBA
||Guest Chef: “KT’s Kitchen”, KT Bromherd, Music: Unplugged rustic folk music featuring banjo and guitar by New Moon
||Guest Chef: Daphne Miller, MD, Author of The Jungle Effect, Music: Hawaiian music by Fran Guidry 9:30 – 1:00
||Guest Chef: Gibson Thomas, East Marin Slow Food, Music: Unplugged jazz, folk and bluegrass by Trevor Kinsel on stand-up bass and guitar
||Guest Chef: Chuck Edwards and David Cook, Music: The Rhythm Drivers with Ron Corrall on skateboard bass and Brad on harmonica & vocals. Be sure to bring kids for this act!
||Guest Chef: TBA,
Music: Unplugged music and humor by Charlie Morgan
||Guest Chef: Meredith McCarthy, Author Healing Cuisine,
||Guest Chef: TBA, Music: Unplugged folk guitar & hauntingly soulful
vocals by Ken Fox
||Ugly Produce Contest
||Guest Chef: Nick’s Cove Adam Mali, Music: Haitian singer, guitarist and world-class whistler Diego Jameaux performs music from around the world
||MALT Slow Food Tour
||Guest Chef: TBA,
Music: Farmily band Well Perked performs folk music
||Kids Weekend at Market & Farm Tour at Peter Worsley’s
||Guest Chef: Kay Baumhefner,
Music: Unplugged blues-rock music by Stephanie Keys
||Pie Baking & Eating Contests
||Guest Chef: TBA,
Music: Blue Holstein
||Guest Chef: TBA,
Music: Unplugged western swing & jazz band Out of the Blue
||Salsa making contest
||Guest Chef: Jesse Cool,
Music: West African Music by Ashiko Orchestra 11:00 – 1:00
||Guest Chef: TBA,
Music: Unplugged music by Double Barrell
||Guest Chef: TBA,
Music: West Marin Student Showcase
||Guest Chef: TBA,
Music: Lively Celtic band Midnight on the Water 10:00 – 1:00
You Mon Tsang June 14th, 2007
Point Reyes Outing.,
originally uploaded by _e.t.
Saturday mornings in the summer are special at Point Reyes Station. The Farmers Market is an intimate market of local farmers and merchants displaying their lovely and delicious wares. Live music plays in the background. Locals say hi to each other and visitors take easy strolls through the stalls of delicious vegetables and produce. Every few weeks, a local chef is featured at the market and produces some great bite-sized tastes of their food.
Point Reyes Outing., originally uploaded by _e.t.
organic food fit for a prince, originally uploaded by billmelater.
Schedule of music and chefs at Marin Organic