There are farmers and makers behind every product at Driver’s Market, and many of them are small, local operations. Last month, we co-hosted a small business panel Around the Table at Driver’s with our friends at Barnraiser, a Sausalito-based crowdfunding platform for the food world. We welcomed friends from Mimi’s Confitures, Wrecking Ball Coffee, Marin Kombucha, Point Reyes Farmstead Creamery, and Beck’s Bakery for a discussion about what it takes for a small food business to succeed in the Bay Area.
A box of chocolates and a bottle of wine are the perfect gift for most romantic occasions, including Valentine’s Day. There are a number of outstanding craft chocolates to choose from these days. Mia di Tommaso, chocolate buyer at Driver’s Market, tells us what she looks for when choosing chocolate, and recommends some of her favorites.
2016 was an interesting year, leaving many of us hoping and working for a better 2017. Driver’s Market founder Adam Driver shares his thoughts on where we go from here, and how we can work together in the year ahead. The global challenges we face “make it all the more important that we continue to do everything we can to create positive change in our local communities,” said Adam. Read Adam’s New Year’s resolutions for Driver’s Market here.
This month we are excited to launch a new selection of cookbooks at Driver’s. The books are carefully curated, and share Driver’s passion for two things: people and food. After all, there’s nothing like a beautiful dinner to bring people together. Consider our books for holiday gifts, or for your own collections. And be on the look out for cookbook events at our Around the Table at Driver’s series in 2017!
Our First Annual Harvest Festival in October was a celebration of Bay Area makers and farmers — and of our community. The day featured local vendors serving food, a pie baking contest, pumpkin decorating, and a riveting game of Bucha Pong (think beer pong but with kombucha!)
If you’ve tried a shrub cocktail or spritzer in the last few years, you may have fallen for this relatively new addition to the beverage scene. But what exactly is shrub? And where did it come from?
Anyone’s first encounter with the word terroir almost certainly is in relation to wine. The very word itself carries a certain reverence and respect for the craft that it describes, while simultaneously evoking the image of an all-too-serious sommelier telling you about things like elevation and whether the Rhone had a mild summer that year. But terroir need not be the sole provenance of that expensive bottle of pinot noir; it can also apply to that bottle of grass-grazed milk, or the wheel of raw sheep’s milk cheese at your local market.
Driver’s Market is committed to bringing you the best products with a reverence for where they come from and who makes them. That philosophy rings true in our wine department which specializes in Natural wine. Our wine buyer, Niesa Granger, explains what Natural wine is, and how it can differ from wine with an “Organic” label.
Karen Diggs, founder of Kraut Source and culinary instructor, held a sold-out Fermentation Class at Driver’s Market in March 2016. Participants received hands-on culinary instruction, a Kraut Source fermentation device (available at Driver’s Market), and a fresh jar of kraut to bring home. It was a perfect class: fun, funny and delicious.
It’s spring, and that means it’s time to start gardening. It’s still not too late to get some seeds started for the season, and Driver’s boasts a curated collection of exotic offerings from Redwood Seeds in Manton, CA. On their small family farm, Kalan Redwood and her husband Cam grow and save a variety of rare heirloom seeds from around the world. Our produce manager, Lauren Miller, worked with Kalan to put together a selection of seeds that would thrive in Sausalito.
At the Around the Table at Driver’s talk in February 2016, Bay Area waste experts Donnie Oliveira and Janelle Fitzpatrick came to Driver’s to discuss the issues of Zero Waste and the work they are doing to shape policy at a global scale.
At the Around the Table at Driver’s event in January 2016, Evan Shepherd Reiff of Marin Oriental Medicine discussed the ancient Buddhist teaching of View-Path-Action as it relates to an Integrative Medicine approach to making lasting changes in life…starting with your New Year’s Resolution.