Summer brings a bevvy of fresh veggies and produce to California’s farmers’ markets, and Point Reyes is an organic lover’s dream. Every Saturday through November 3, the Point Reyes Farmers’ Market
is the only all-local, all-organic market of its kind in the Bay Area. In addition to fresh produce, there are great pasture-raised eggs from Coastal Hill Farm (check out the basket of enormous “double yokers” on display). Foodies will relish the cooking demonstrations: each week a different chef demonstrates the best ways to cook locally sourced food. But the real standout is the GBD (Golden Brown and Delicious) Point Reyes Grilled Cheese stand. Three types of sandwiches are available. “Karen’s Gold” is the simplest, offering sourdough bread spread with butter, while Valley Ford’s Estero Gold is grilled to melting, mouth-watering perfection. Wash it down with a homemade probiotic fizzy “soda” from Wild West Ferments (the menu changes each week, but the fruit soda sweetened with honey is delicious when available). Relax with a massage from Melissa Claire: at $1 per minute, it could be the best $20 bucks you’ll spend at a farmers market this summer. Point Reyes perfection.
BIKE ‘N’ HIKE BONUS: One of the best bike-and-hike combos in the Bay Area leaves from Point Reyes’ Bear Valley Visitor Center. Pedal 3 miles (one-way) on Bear Valley Trail, then lock your wheels at the bike rack and hike the last mile to Arch Rock, a dramatic perch for premier coastal views.
The Point Reyes Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Toby’s Feed Barn (11250 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station). The Farmer’s Market runs until November 3. No dogs.