Here are some of the highlights happening around the Larkspur and Corte Madera Twin Cities area Oct. 9-10:
Every Wednesday throughout the year from 12-5 p.m. the Corte Madera Town Center is filled with vendors selling vegetables, fruits, nuts, dried flowers, granola, sauces, oils, honey, butter, breads and more.
This group of happy vendors enjoys sharing and selling their products. There is always an abundance of free samples. Quinn Radford, from Feel Good Bakery, sells breads and baked goods that fill the air with luscious smells. They combine old world baking techniques with new world creativity to produce exceptional hand crafted breads and pastries. All of their products are made from scratch (not mixes), using the finest organic and natural ingredients.
The market is always bustling with weekly shoppers and shoppers that are discovering this market for the first time.
“I love the fruit and vegetables and today we went to Pacific Catch and bought the poke, ahi and cerviche shrimp. My wife shops and I carry,” said market-regular Bill Werner.
• Cooking Italian: Williams-Sonoma in The Village is sharing Lidia's Favorite Recipes on Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m. Visit the store for a dooking demonstration and a copy of Lidia Bastianich's cookbook (think holiday gift). The $75 fee includes a copy of the book. Call (415) 924-6799 to RSVP.
• Tiger's Wife: Join the Larkspur Library Book Club on Wednesday for a discussion of The Tiger's Wife. Tea Obrecht's novel combines old legends with a war-torn Balkan country trying to pull itself back together.
• Children's Storytime: Let's not forget how reading is FUNdamental for children, too. There are a variety of reading groups for young children and their parents around town. Mother Goose is on the loose at the Corte Madera Library every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for storytime for babies 0-24 months old, with a parent or caregiver. The Larkspur Library offers fun for babies and toddlers, with songs, fingerplays, nursery rhymes and very short stories just right for this age group. Pottery Barn Kids and Barnes & Noble Booksellers also offer children's storytimes.
• Organic Pumpkin Patch: Organic heirloom pumpkins from Marin’s Fresh Run Farm in Bolinas, are now available at the Marin Country Mart! There are two pumpkin patch locations, one in front of Three Twins Ice Cream, and the second every Saturday at the farmers market. Buy traditional Howden Jack-o-lanterns for carving, or Cinderella Pumpkins, which are great for carving, but also delicious for eating. This is an honor system pumpkin patch (open all day, every day), there is a payment box at the patch, and prices are set as a flat rate by size, small ($5), medium ($10), large ($15).
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