From farm to table: Exploring local farmers’ markets

Julia Nurse

The Bay Area offers eighteen Farmers’ Markets and stands from Novato to Point Reyes Station which serve over 22,000 households.
THE SWEET AROMA of fresh flowers, fruits, and hot organic meals fills the air of the Marin County Farmers’ Market as local shoppers browse the stands.
THE SWEET AROMA of fresh flowers, fruits, and hot organic meals fills the air of the Marin County Farmers’ Market as local shoppers browse the stands.

Many people prefer the farmers’ market produce as opposed to shopping at a grocery store because the food travels less miles and ripens on the tree, instead of on the road in trucks. There’s also the added plus of knowing where your food comes from and having the opportunity to talk to the local purveyors to find out if their product is certified organic and how they harvest their produce.
Without the pesticides that plague grocery markets today, consumers can embrace local agribusinesses and go as far as saving the environment by doing as little as heading over to the farmers market to buy some fresh food and flowers,
The Town Center Farmers’ Market and the Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market are conveniently located for most Redwood students, and the Civic Center market is one of the largest in California. These three farmers’ markets are featured because of their proximity and size.

Sunday San Rafael Farmers’ market:
San Rafael Civic Center (Sunday 8-1 p.m.)

The Sunday San Rafael farmers’ is located behind the Civic Center and is always bustling with people, so parking close can be difficult.
It is the third largest farmers’ market in California, it offers an overwhelming variety of fresh produce, with many organic options, specialty foods, pony rides, bouncy houses and more. Walking into the market, one is surrounded by a diverse crowd ranging from Marin moms to hippies, and people in biking gear are always a staple.
It is open year round on Sundays but summertime is its peak, with over 200 local farmers, artisans, and food purveyors. First time attendees should expect to walk through a row more than once on accident because of its large size. However, almost every stand offers samples that help keep your stomach from grumbling at the sight of so much fresh food.
If you are still hungry after buying so much produce, there are plenty of prepared food stands and trucks, like Brittany Crepes with authentic sweet and savory crepes, falafel trucks and Indian cuisine.

Town Center Farmers’ Market:
Corte Madera Town Center (Wednesday 12-5 p.m.)

Conveniently located near Redwood, the Corte Madera Town Center farmers’ market, which occurs every Wednesday during lunch from 12 to 5 p. m., is the best market to go to during the school week.
It is one of the smaller markets, so there are not as many options. But despite its size, it does not lack in variety of produce or free samples. There are no food trucks, and the only prepared food option is the Indian stand, which offers delicious samosas.
Because this farmers focuses on fresh produce it is hard to make it your only stop for lunch, however, there are several options surrounding it to complement samosas, fruit, or veggies, such as Baja Fresh, Blue Barn, and World Wrapps.

Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market:

Marin Country Mart (Saturday 9-2 p.m. )

Overlooking the bay and Larkspur Ferry Terminal, this famers’ market is located in the back of the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur Landing. It provides goods from up to twenty two farms and artisans every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., year round.
It features just one row of tents with produce and goods from fresh baked bread to flowers to fresh clams and fish. Although it offers several goods, it lacks in variety and is often more expensive than other markets, but is some of the best local produce and artisan goods that Marin offers and is beautifully displayed.
This Farmers’ Market draws families with children because of it’s entertainment such as, face painting with “Clementine the Amazing” and sing-along kids music or story telling as well as seasonal holiday arts and crafts.
At the end of the row of stands, there are three food trucks and stalls with delicious prepared food. There is Brittany Crepes, Namu Street Food with New Korean American cuisine made with their fresh weekly harvest, and The Farmers Wife stand which offers soups, salads and grilled cheese sandwiches with ingredients made from local growers and chefs.