This summer we’re all about keeping it fresh and local, which is why we adore a farmer’s market driven restaurant that draws ingredients from all over California.
Just off the outskirts of San Rafael sits Farmshop Marin, the farm-to-table California culinary creation of Jeff Carciello. Embraced by locals and passerby's of Wine Country alike, this restaurant was established with a focus on artisanal producers, explaining their meticulously curated menu. Farmshop has a passion for detail and quality — and they’re amping up their fresh fare to reflect this harvest’s seasonal flavors.
What says summer more than a tomato salad? Balakian Farms, one of the restaurant's purveyors, has a reputation for “letting produce speak for itself” and we sure haven’t gotten a word out while devouring their salad, topped with shaved candy-striped beets, whipped fromage blanc, Frog Hollow Farm's red plums, garden basil, a sprinkle of sumac and drizzle of California Olive Ranch olive oil. Not to mention, we’re dying to indulge in Farmshop’s refreshing Sandia cocktail — a zesty mix of Mezcal El Silencio, Full Belly Farm’s heirloom melon and tajin. Sure don't mind a pitcher or two of those!
It’s apparent that Farmshop Marin has a distinctive voice; and you’ll definitely find that, whether it be from the crowd favorite, a Brick Roasted Jidori Chicken with organic pearled farro, dried prunes, balakian farms plums & smoked almond salsa, or the more recent Gigli Pasta with house-made fennel sausage and squash blossom pesto. And of course, who doesn’t love a good Fried Chicken Monday? Their delectable poultry is offered dine in or take out every Monday from 5:30 – 9:00 pm.
We’re eager for you to come in and experience for yourselves the 50-foot hand sculpted wooden bar, watch the chefs in the open kitchen and at the pizza oven, or dine on the expansive patio. It's a meal we're confident you’ll remember.
// 2233 Larkspur Landing, Larkspur, Farmshop Marin is open Monday to Thursday from 11:30am to 9:30pm, Friday from 11:30am to 10:00pm, Saturday from 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 9:00p; farmshopca.com/marin.
Christopher is a contributing writer located in the East Bay. He is likely to be found in any of San Francisco’s parks with his mutt, Leia, sunglasses on face and book in hand.