Califonia Bountiful

On location: Marin County

July/August 2018 California Bountiful magazine

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco lies picturesque Marin County, one of California's original 27 counties. Visitors will discover numerous family farms and ranches, many that date back more than 100 years. Must-see sites include Point Reyes National Seashore, Muir Woods redwoods and the Marin Headlands.





Jan and Louis Lee, Tomales

When Jan and Louis Lee purchased a former cattle ranch in Tomales, they knew they wanted to be farmers. They began AppleGarden Farm by planting semi-dwarf apple trees—a "gardening project" that has since expanded to include 40 varieties of organically grown heirloom apples that they hand-harvest, process and ferment into hard cider. The Lees offer weekend tours, which include cider tastings, and also operate a bed and breakfast.





Bayside Market at Nick's Cove, Marshall

Through October, visitors are invited to the historic seaside resort on the first Saturday of each month to stock up on local produce, flowers, honey and more. The Bayside Market is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. After shopping, stick around for Nick's Cove Locals' Night with live music and a special prix fixe menu. A harvest dinner series on Thursday evenings begins in August.




Stemple Creek Ranch, Tomales

More than a century ago, Angelo Poncia immigrated to Marin County from his native Italy and started Stemple Creek Ranch. The ranch is now run by Angelo's great-grandson, Loren Poncia, and his wife, Lisa, who raise grass-fed and -finished meats. Upcoming events include an Aug. 19 tour.



Straus Home Ranch, Marshall

Take a walking tour of the historic, certified organic Straus Home Ranch. The family takes you through the fields to meet the cows and entertains you with stories of Marin County's rich agricultural history. Dates are July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9.




Nicasio Valley Cheese Co., Nicasio

Fredolino Lafranchi emigrated from Switzerland a century ago with the dream of owning and operating his own dairy. Today, his family's Nicasio Valley Cheese Co. makes award-winning, artisan cheeses. Situated on 1,150 certified-organic acres, the farm is home to 400 cows and 3,000 hens.


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