It’s spring, and that means it's time to go to your local farmers' marketand buy fresh and organic produce and other goodies. There are some year-round farmers' markets in Marin, but the majority of them start up again in spring after going on hiatus in the fall. Here is a list of of year-round and opening dates for a variety of local farmer's markets throughtout Marin and the North Bay.
Year-round farmers' markets:
Civic Center Farmers' Market in San Rafael takes place every Thursday and Sunday morning from 8 am–1 pm. They have lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers. The Thursday farmer's market is located next the Civic Center duck pond and the Sunday one is located in the Civic Center parking lot.
Corte Madera Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday from noon–5 pm. This farmers' market is located at the Corte Madera Town Center off Highway 101.
Marin County Mart Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 9 am–2 pm, rain or shine. Pony rides for kids from 10 am–2 pm, live family entertainment, and more. At Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Larkspur Landing Circle.
If you still need to shop for those Christmas dinner groceries, you can pay a visit to two Marin County farmer's markets today. The Marinwood Community Farmers Market and the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market are both open on Christmas Eve from 9 am to 2 pm.
Find fresh produce, bread, meats, eggs, seafood, flowers, and more. While you're there, pick up a cup of freshly brewed coffee or even lunch. The Marin Country Mart Farmers Market has kids' entertainment from musician Christopher Smith and Scott the Storyteller, and if you shop at the Marinwood Community Farmers Market today you'll get a free gift (supplies limited).
Our favorite place to pick apples during late summer and fall is Gabriel Farm up near Sebastopol. In addition to apples, they also grow amazing organic Asian pears. You don't have to go all the way up to western Sonoma County to get them, though. They're available right here in Marin on Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm at the Marin County Civic Center farmer's market in San Rafael.
While Asian pears are downright delicious as a snack and a dessert, Torrey Olson, owner of Gabriel Farm, shared with us his recipe for Asian pear pizza. I know what you're thinking: pear pizza? But definitely give it a try—it's truly one of the most delicious pizzas we've every had! Even my notoriously picky five-year-old daughter declared it a hit. The base of thinly-sliced Asian pears makes for a moist (but not soggy) pizza with a subtle sweetness that's offset by the topping of pancetta and gorgonzola cheese. We've adapted the recipe to use the ready-to-bake pizza dough available at Trader Joe's, which is always a staple in our refrigerator.