A tiny gourmet town on the California seashore.
Point Reyes Seashore is well-known in California and worldwide for its Lighthouse, perched atop a cliff on one of the prettiest seashores in the world. We stayed out in an adventure hostel near the ocean last night, in the middle of the national park and head into town, Point Reyes Station, this morning to start our foodie adventure. There are some beautiful hikes and walks in the area, but I was there for the stores and farms that are the stuff of foodie fantasies.
A good way to start is at Toby’s Feed Barn, a community-minded, family-run grocer that has been serving the area since 1942. Home to a yoga studio, coffee bar, community garden and world famous farmers market, we grabbed a latte to drink while we browsed the huge range of local, organic produce available in the store.
From soaps, heirloom beans, local baked goods, to hand knitted scarves and gloves and organic fibre totes made in Australia – Toby’s is packed to the rafters full of interesting and diverse foodie products.
We browsed all the other cute little arts and crafts stores on the main street. Point Reyes Books has a huge selection of interesting food books – there are a few local recipe and cooking books, along with food literature and works from Alice Waters and Michael Pollan.
The town had an abundance of cute (yet a little odd) knitted head accessories.
Marin Sun Farms on the outskirts of town is a butcher that serves Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised meats by the pound in their restaurant. Select your meat at the table and they cook up as much or as little as you want. They pride themselves on a complete ‘pasture-to-fork’ experience.
The highlight of the town is definitely Tomales Bay Foods (also known as Cowgirl Creamery), the middle point and possibly most well-known stop in the Sonoma Marin Country Cheese Trail. Check out the next post for the Cowgirl video and post!