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Monday, June 14, 2010

Marin Sun Farms' Butcher Shop Debuts in Oakland's Rockridge Neighborhood

Posted By on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 11:40 AM

click to enlarge On Saturday, Marin Sun's butcher case offered up goodies for snout-to-tail aficionados. - JOHN BIRDSALL
  • John Birdsall
  • On Saturday, Marin Sun's butcher case offered up goodies for snout-to-tail aficionados.
Saturday saw the launch of Marin Sun Farms' retail butcher shop at Market Hall in Oakland's Rockridge District. It's the biggest retail outlet for the West Marin ranch, which has a small retail shop in Point Reyes Station, a weekly stall at the Saturday Ferry Plaza farmers' market, and a popular CSA. On Saturday, rancher David Evans was on hand at Market Hall to talk up the new shop, and perhaps dispel lingering bad feelings over the departure of previous tenant Enzo's, whose lease Market Hall failed to renew late last year (owners cited their interest in bringing in a vendor who sourced locally).

Saturday's meat case was a chef's dream: plush rolls of pork skin, house-made lamb crepinettes wrapped in lacy caul, a whole lamb carcass, cartons of eggs from pastured chickens, even a pink pig's head. Chuck Traugott, who's spent time at both Fatted Calf and Café Rouge, is the shop's manager.

click to enlarge Marin Sun replaces longtime market fixture Enzo's. - JOHN BIRDSALL
  • John Birdsall
  • Marin Sun replaces longtime market fixture Enzo's.
Bonnie Powell, who blogs at the Ethicurean and organized a CSA for Soul Food Farm, called the new shop "exciting."

"It's really good news for Marin Sun ― it's amazing to see David building new infrastructure." Powell said she'd like to see the shop offer meats from other, smaller sources of pastured animals. "I know David works with a network of small-farm producers," Powell said. "I would to love to see him providing an outlet for them."

Marin Sun Farms Rockridge Market Hall, 5655 College (at Shafter), Oakland, (510) 250-6000

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