Agriculture Marin

Marin County Wines and Farms 

Come to Marin for a culinary adventure!

Dismissing Marin's Wines or agriculture would be a big mistake for sure.   Yes, it is true that when you have nearby famous wine neighbor called "Napa Valley", it is hard to think of Marin  agriculture or wines when you think of Marin, but you should.

Here, in Marin, locals take notice and are very proud of it's agricultural community, the main player, West Marin.   Fantastic organic cheeses are coming from our lands.  Marin has a definite interest in the environment and the footprint we leave.   Organic wines, and even "grass fed beef", are a main staple of the West Marin landscape.  Marin has taken root in organic methods for a long time, even Englands Prince Charles came to visit West Marin to learn about the organic methods being used.  Most importantly, for many "Marinites" being local means doing the right thing for the environment, animals, and your body benefits.   When you come to Marin, or if you live here, take the time, do the drive, explore Marin's agricultural wealth.



Quick Links: (click on link, or scroll down for more info on following subjects:)
  • Marin Vintners: Come to Marin and taste great wines, Organic even!
  • Marin County Farms:  West Marin is Marin's Agricultural community.  Saved from expansion via various movements, most of West Marin is part of an Agricultural Land Trust.  Full of farming history, including Grapes, this part of Marin offers some culinary delights!   Visit and experiance Organic Wines and cheeses, as well as fresh oysters and fish from it's shores!
  • Marin Farmers Markets: Daily in Marin!
    • Come to any of Marin's farmers markets and sample fresh local produce, much of it organic! 
    • Bring the family and enjoy games as well!


Marin County Vintners:

  • Pacheco Ranch Winery:
    • The whole family, including head winemaker, Jamie Meves, oversees the Pacheco Ranch winemaking process. Meves has 25 years experience and is an award winning winemaker and graduate of the University of California at Davis Fermentation Science program. The winery annually produces around 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. 415.883.5583
  • Pey Marin Vineyards
    • Proprietors Jonathan and Susan Pey produce their Marin-grown wines under two labels: Pey-Marin Vineyards (Pinot Noir and Riesling) and Mount Tamalpais Vineyards (Merlot and Vin Gris). 415.455.9463
    • This family owned and operated winery offers an inn and a tasting room featuring Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. 12700 Highway One (Point Reyes Station). 415.663.1011
  • Ross Valley Winery
    • Paul Kreider’s winery, which started 20 years ago in a garage, now occupies a prime space in downtown San Anselmo. Each year the neighborhood is invited to help pick grapes and take part in the bottling of the wineries Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Red Blend, Montepulciano, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel-Port, Chardonnay-Port and Walnut-Port. 415.457.5157
    • Website: http://www.rossvalleywinery.com
  • Bacchus&Venus - http://www.bacchusandvenus.com (415) 331-2001
    • Experience California Wine Country in the heart of charming downtown Sausalito with a view of the Bay. Taste wines from Napa, Sonoma, and the best California appellations. Learn how the wines are made, the difference between different wines, vineyards, and styles. Wine classes and private parties in our art gallery. Wine and gifts can be shipped to all 50 states

Marin County Farms  

McEvoy Ranch: Located on 550 acres of rolling hills, the McEvoy Ranch produces extra virgin olive oil in the Tuscan style with a rich, slightly peppery flavor. The olives are grown, harvested, milled and blended on the premises. The ranch includes an Italian olive oil mill, retail store, a two-acre organic garden, and a 42 foot high pavilion, reminiscent of a Chinese pagoda.


Hog Island Oyster Company

  • Some of the best oysters in the west can be found at the Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall. The company, founded and operated by marine biologists, grows and sells more than three million oysters each year.
    The unique natural conditions around Hog Island in Tomales Bay produce crisp, juicy, sea-sweet oysters. Hog Island Oyster Company is a working farm.
  • Visitors are allowed on Tuesdays through Sundays between 9am
    and 5pm Reservations are required to use the small picnic area. $10 per
    person.


Cuisine Perel (http://www.cuisineperel.com/)
-specializes in condiments. Not ketchup and pickle relish, but infused oils, dipping sauces, pourable chocolate sauces....
  • You can find their products at upscale food stores nationwide, but if you visit the shop in San Rafael (3100 Kerner Blvd.), they have it all in one place. They are happy to give lectures on Grapeseed Oil, a tasty oil which makes Olive Oil look like Lard, heath-wise.

Marin French Cheese Company - located just on the Marin-Sonoma border. 

    • They've been in business over a century producing French style Brie and Camembert, under the "Rouge et Noir" label. Being in California, they've lost some of the Gallic stiffness and produce a few funky flavored varieties- Pesto, Peppercorn, Jalapeno, Garlic...
    • They offer periodic free factory tours and have a nice tasting room with their products on sale, as well as breads, salami, and other makings for a picnic. Take your purchases outside to their barbeque area and enjoy lunch under the trees.
    • (Directions: Hwy. 101 North to Novato. Take last exit, San Marin Drive. Turn left on San Marin Drive and drive about 2 miles to Novato Blvd. At stop sign, turn right on Novato Blvd. WEST. Drive approx. 7 miles to Petaluma - Pt. Reyes Rd. Turn left and drive about 1/4 mile: 7500 Red Hill Road. If you get lost you can always call them: (707) 762-6001)
    • Website:  http://www.marinfrenchcheese.com/

    • Located in Point Reyes Station, acts as a distributor for many artisanal cheese producers. They have a mix of cow, sheep and goat cheese. For those who love the latter, try the Humboldt Fog, a semi-firm chevre with a layer of ash in the middle.
    • Contact info: Cowgirl Creamery 80 4th Street, just off Hwy 1.

    • Address & phone:  14700 Hwy 1, Point Reyes Station, # (800) 591-6878



    Farmers’ Markets

    Established to provide fresh agricultural products directly to the consumer from the farmer. This Department inspects certified growing sites and markets to preserve the integrity of the direct marketing program, including issuing certified producer certificates to each producer that sells at a market. The following Farmers' Markets have been certified to market local produce in Marin County.


    Corte Madera

    • Corte Madera Farmers' Market 

    • Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera
      • Wednesday - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
        • Open All Year
        • Contact: Lynn Bagley (415) 382-7846 

    Fairfax

    Fairfax Farmers' Market

    • Peri Park, 124 bolinas Rd., Fairfax
      • Wednesday – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May thru September
      • Wednesday – 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October thru December
      • Contact: Kelly Smith (415) 999-5635

    Larkspur

    • Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
      • Saturday – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
      • Open All Year

    Mill Valley

    • Mill Valley Farmers' Market

      • CVS Parking Lot 759 E. Blithedale Ave. @ Alto Shopping Center, Mill Valley

      • Friday - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
      • Open All Year

    Tam Valley Farmers' Market 

    • Shoreline Shopping Center, 219 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley
      • Tuesday - 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      • Open May – November

    Novato

    • Novato Farmers' Market

      • Grant Ave. between Reichert and Machin, Novato
      • Tuesday - 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      • Open May – September

    Pt. Reyes Station

    • Pt. Reyes Farmers' Market 

      • Toby's Feed Barn: 11250 Hwy 1, Pt. Reyes Station

      • Saturday - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

      • Open June - November


    Ross

    • Ross Valley Farmers' Market  Downtown Ross Post Office, Ross Common @ Lagunitas, Ross

      • Thursday - 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

      • Open May – September


    San Rafael

    • Downtown San Rafael Farmers' Mkt. Fourth St. between B & Cijos, San Rafael

      • Thursday - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      • Open April – September
    • Marinwood Farmers' Market  Marinwood Plaza, Marinwood Ave & Miller Creek Rd., San Rafael

      • Saturday – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
      • Open All Year
    • Thursday San Rafael Farmers' Market  Veterans' Memorial Auditorium Parking Lot, San Rafael

      • Thursday - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
      • Open All Year
    • Sunday San Rafael Farmers' Market  Civic Center Drive/Peter Behr Drive, San Rafael 

      • Sunday - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
      • Open All Year 

    Sausalito

    • Sausalito Farmers' Market  Dunphy Park, 1600 Bridgeway @ Napa Street, Sausalito

      • Sunday - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
      • Open All Year