Take a Bite

To market in Napa, Sonoma

September 17th, 2015
PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comA map at the center of The Shed in Healdsburg, Calif., shows the birthplace of produce and products carried at the marketplace.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

A map at the center of The Shed in Healdsburg, Calif., shows the birthplace of produce and products carried at the marketplace.

CALIFORNIA — California's wine country is paradise for nouveau frontiersman and homesteaders who have at their fingertips the riches of the land. Their markets are the envy of all who cook, bake and craft. Here's a peek inside two of them.

THE SHED

25 North St., Healdsburg

(707) 431-7433

www.healdsburgshed.com

The Shed was created as a celebration of farming and the pleasure of real food. It's a beautiful space, part food market, part housewares celebrating the kitchen and D.I.Y. ethos, and part cafe with a fermentation bar for sampling house made kombucha, keffir water or shrubs, old-fashioned drinking vinegars that have made a comeback. Also on offer, area wines and beers, hard cider, honey mead and natural sodas.

Produce at The Shed.

Produce at The Shed.

Knitters will know the name of the sheep who produced their wool. These skeins are from Lambert, Cupcake or Punch.

Knitters will know the name of the sheep who produced their wool. These skeins are from Lambert, Cupcake or Punch.

After ogling the beautiful produce, including these green and purple tomatillos and eggplants, you can get a bite to eat in The Shed's Cafe, Coffee and Fermentation Bar.

After ogling the beautiful produce, including these green and purple tomatillos and eggplants, you can get a bite to eat in The Shed's Cafe Coffee and Fermentation Bar.

After shopping, stay for a bite in the cafe, featuring such delectables as a frittata of zucchini, onion and fontina; roast pork meatballs with cinnamon vinegar, nectarine and poppy seeds; and cilantro-cured cod. Breakfast and weekend brunch is also offered.

A salumi board offered in The Shed Cafe recently featured prosciutto, salumi and coppa.

A salumi board offered in The Shed Cafe recently featured prosciutto, salumi and coppa.

A Shed cheese platter with bread, strawberries and Marcona almonds.

A Shed cheese platter with bread, strawberries and Marcona almonds.

This pizzeta with fontina, jalapeños and roasted figs was fantastic.

This pizza with fontina, jalapeños and roasted figs was fantastic.

Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.

OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET PHOTO The exterior of the Oxbow Public Market building.

COURTESY OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET

Oxbow Public Market houses 22 vendors offering artisan edibles.

OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET

610 and 644 First St., Napa

(707) 226-6529

www.oxbowpublicmarket.com

Part of the market includes the rehabilitation of a 1930s tire store and garage, remodeled to accommodate 22 independent merchants within a 40,000 square-foot indoor marketplace featuring local and regional artisan edibles.

Products offered include local organic produce, artisan cheese, spices, chocolate, olive oil, baked goods and desserts, wine and spirits, and housewares.

Some of the cheese selections at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant.

Some of the cheese selections at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant.

Shrubs, drinking vinegars infused with fruit juice, are big throughout the region. These are from Napastäk.

Shrubs, drinking vinegars infused with fruit juice, are big throughout the region. These are from Napastäk.

A selection of spices from Whole Spice.

A selection of spices from Whole Spice.

Bitters for sampling at the Napa Valley Distllery Tasting Salon within Oxbow Public Market.

Bitters for sampling at the Napa Valley Distllery Tasting Salon within Oxbow Public Market.

If you get hungry following a drive from San Francisco or surrounding areas, restaurants on site include Kitchen Door, Hog Island Oyster Bar, Three Twins Ice Cream, Gott's Roadside, Ca' Momi enoteca, and The Fatted Calf.

Above and below, beef any way you want it.

Above and below, beef any way you want it.

oxbow heart

Manila clam steamers and crispy anchovies from Hog Island Oyster Co., and below, the namesake shellfish on a platter.

Manila clam steamers and crispy anchovies from Hog Island Oyster Co., and below, the namesake shellfish on a platter.

oxbow oysters

Open 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Note, some vendors may open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Visit the website for specifics.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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