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Fairfax Farmer’s Market

August 6th, 2014 By jacquelynw

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No one would ever accuse me of being a “hippy.”  Not by a long shot.  Sure, I live in Marin and vote accordingly, but “hippy?”  No.  Not that I have anything against the hippy culture, of course.  I just like wearing commercial perfumes over patchouli and have never been a fan of tie dye.

Which is why I always found it so curious that everyone would always tell me about the Fairfax Wednesday afternoon Farmer’s Market.  The funny part is, they would tell me I would love it, and in the same breath describe it as a cute “hippy dippy” (which doesn’t sound like a positive phrase, if you ask me) collection of crafts, music, yummy food and organic produce.

At the description, my mind would flash to the overly crowded Noe Valley Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.  I would picture the tiny parking lot where they would bring in a handful of tents, throw some chalk down for the handful of toddlers, bring a couple of folk singers and make the already congested area even more annoying.  Picturing a version of that in down town Fairfax didn’t really sound appealing.  So I spent my first entire year in Marin completely avoiding it.  Naturally.

The first sign that I might be making a hasty decision about the Wednesday night Fairfax Hippy Fest was when I was having dinner at a friends house.  They revealed the most delicious pre-roasted chicken from a bag, still steamy hot, and started carving.  First of all, not having to make dinner is such a plus.  And sure, you can get “warm” chickens every where.  But this wasn’t a normal “warm” chicken.  It was so hot and delicious, that the addictive smell wafted into every corner of the house, promising home roasted deliciousness.  It didn’t stop there.  There were potatoes, and grainy and crunchy rosemary salt that I could almost stick my tongue directly into.  I refrained.  Afterall, I was a guest at someone else’s house.

I could go on about the chicken, but the point was, it all came from the Fairfax Farmer’s Market.  Wow, I thought.  Maybe I should just check it out.

Coincidentally, the next week, I got an invite from some friends to join them there.  With the roasted chicken still fresh in my mind, I agreed.   I arrived on bike, although I could have easily have driven.  Sure, it was crowded, but there were still plenty of parking at that point.  (Side bar, I go several times a month in the summer and almost always drive – and have never not been able to find parking.)

When I arrived, yes, there were the folksy singers, and the throngs of toddlers dancing in circles, but it wasn’t a parking lot.  It was the lush green center of Fairfax, under the redwood trees.  It was warm, but shaded, and there were blankets thrown everywhere with neighbors laughing and sharing snacks.

I found my friends, spread out on several blankets, letting their kids play around them.  There were piping hot sweet and savory crepes on sale, delicious grilled sandwiches and beautiful baked goods.  And of course, there were the chickens.

I sat down and for the next two hours I felt like time stood still.  Everyone was laughing, sharing sandwiches, lush ripe strawberries, cherries and plums.  Kids were getting faces painted, and donning balloon dogs and swords.  After a long work day this beautiful scene before me was such a pleasant alternative to grocery shopping in florescent lights and cooking.

Am I a hippy convert now, you may ask?  No, I wouldn’t say so.  But, I certainly see the merits in going native.

Jacquelyn Warner is a Marin based photographer. She was born in LA, raised in Texas, and has been sipping, dipping, hiking, bbqing, shopping and drinking here in the Bay Area for the last 14 years.  She remains constant in her endless search for the perfect spot for just about anything in Marin.

Where in Marin Are We This Week?

August 4th, 2014 By George Crowe

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Here’s this week’s photo from photographer Jackie Warner. Can you guess where in Marin County this was taken? Take a shot in the comments below!

Where in Marin Are We This Week?

July 29th, 2014 By George Crowe

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Each week our friend and photographer Jackie will be posting a photo from somewhere in Marin County, and we’ll have an informal contest to see who can guess where it was taken. Feel free to take a stab at it in the comments below, and good luck!

Jacquelyn Warner is a Marin based photographer. She was born in LA, raised in Texas, and has been sipping, dipping, hiking, bbqing, shopping and drinking here in the Bay Area for the last 14 years. She remains constant in her endless search for the perfect spot for just about anything in Marin.

A Great Time for a Hike to Cascade Falls

December 22nd, 2012 By Stephen Pringle

With all the rain we’ve had over the last month Marin’s waterfalls are roaring along. One of our favorite spots is Cascade Falls in Fairfax. It’s a 15 minute hike to get to the falls and the walk is beautiful. You walk along the river the whole way and it’s a good way to get the kids out of the house during the holidays. Parking can be tough at the end of Cascade Drive where the trail starts, so keep this in mind but there is usually some parking down the road a bit if it gets full at the end. One of the main reasons we live in Marin is our close connection and access to natural beauty, and there’s nothing like waterfalls in the winter.

Paddleboarding and Kayaking at Sausalito’s Secret Beach

October 8th, 2012 By Julie Segura

Looking for something fun to do and like the sound of getting out on the water? Head out to Schoonmaker Point in Sausalito (near the Bay Model) and rent a kayak or paddleboard from Sea Trek. Not experienced? That’s okay, you’re provided with a life vest and can stay in the protective cove. A little more daring? Head out of the cove and explore the Bay around Sausalito. You might run into sea otters or seals and beautifully colored jelly fish. You can also check out the boats along the docks and view the eclectic houseboats that line the waterfront.

On a warm day you can go in a bathing suit or shorts and t-shirt, while on colder days, as they are open all year round, throw on a windbreaker and sweats and hit the water. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

The paddleboards are pretty sturdy and you don’t have to fall in the water much, unless of course it’s hot and you just want to cool down. Balancing on the boards is a great core workout, and at an hourly rate you can’t go wrong. The ones that catch on quickly of course are the little kids, and you’ll see them zipping around the cove, sometimes with several of their friends sitting on the board with them. The kayaks can be rented hourly too and they are either singles or doubles, with an option of putting a fairly small child on your lap if they are not big paddlers. Also a great upper body workout!

You will be surprised at how many people go out there to enjoy the view. Whether you are renting or opt to just sit on the beach and read a book or play in the sand, this is a Sausalito must-do.

Limantour Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore

September 12th, 2012 By Stephen Pringle

What a great way to spend a sunny September day! Limantour Beach, only 35 minutes from Fairfax, is perfect for going on a long walk or building a sand castle. Our kids love playing in the sand dunes and had a lot of fun creating a fort there. There are great hiking trails on your way in and a lot of bird watching in the lagoon just to the north, and sometimes we even see harbor seals resting on the beach. It can get a little windy, but it’s easy to find a wind break in the sand dunes to set up camp for the day. We love going into Point Reyes on the drive home for a late lunch, or just stopping for a treat at the local Point Reyes bakery. We are really lucky to live where we live, and West Marin is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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Dinner by the Pool: One of Marin’s Best Kept Secrets

August 17th, 2012 By Stephen Pringle

I almost hesitate to write about this place because I would hate to see it get overrun with crowds. Where else can you sit by the pool in Marin and have dinner and cocktails while watching your kids swim? Have dinner at Ricky’s Restaurant at Inn Marin and you don’t have to stay at the motel to use the pool. It’s great on a hot day and is perfect for birthday parties. The early evening we were there they had live music by the pool and people were dancing. Such a cool vibe and just what Marin needs, and the food was really good too.  There’s a large grassy area for kids to run around too, right next to the pool. Hawaii in Marin? Don’t tell too many people about it:)

April 10th, 2012 By Kim Baskind

You may not have heard about Outstanding in the Field, but it’s an exciting culinary adventure that I am just itching to experience. The creators have a mission to reconnect people with the food they eat. They call them restaurants without walls and set up long farm tables in unique places, like in the middle of a vineyard, on a ranch, in a cave, or right by the ocean. We just discovered this but it’s been going on for 20 years. The aim is to bring people as close as possible to the ingredients on their plate–literally so close that they may be grown just a few feet away.

Take a look at the schedule and see if there’s an event for you.  Tickets run in the $200 price range and they have been selling out fast.  If you missed the one you want (we missed the Michael Minna event at Devils Gulch – bummer!) then sign up on the email list so you are sure not to miss out next year.

Outstanding in the Field does many events here in California, but they also travel. How about dining in a vineyard in the Rioja region of Spain? Or sampling some Mahi Mahi, taro, and starfruit at an organic farm on the island of Hawaii? Honey, I think it’s time to plan a vacation!

New Sweetwater Now Open in Mill Valley

January 28th, 2012 By George Crowe

Like a lot of people who love music and would hate to see Marin lose the flavor that makes it so unique, we were disappointed when the Sweetwater closed a while back, but we’re happy to say it’s risen from the ashes in a new location, in the old Masonic Hall just off of Throckmorton at the other end of downtown. Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead is involved and it should be a nice addition to Mill Valley. In fact it’s looking to be quite a year for new live music venues in Marin, with two much anticipated clubs opening soon in San Rafael as well. Tickets for upcoming shows are on sale here, and there’s more info on their facebook page. It’s at 19 Corte Madera Ave.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Fairfax Turkey Ride

November 21st, 2011 By Stephen Pringle

Mountain bikers won’t want to miss this year’s annual Turkey Ride in Fairfax. It’s a 3-4 hour Thanksgiving Day ride out along the Pine Mountain Loop. Started in 1975 and celebrating the birthplace of mountain biking, this ride is an epic way to work up an appetite before you stuff yourself with all that turkey and mashed potatoes. Meet at Java Hut between 8-9 am for the start, and then end the ride at the Gestault Haus and top it off with a frosty pint of German beer. Last year we had something like 1,000 riders. Gobble, gobble!

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