Oysters aside, the drive up to Marshall is enthralling; a stark and beautiful coastline with a back drop of mountains and blue skies. You occasionally pass through charming, yet humble towns that appear to have been untouched for decades: a small white clapboard church with its steeple reaching up to the sky, a general store, post office and little schoolhouse.
And then you arrive in Marshall: population 50. When we sought out a place to eat in Marshall last year most everything was closed. One place was being refurbished, another was for sale. This year nothing’s changed. Nick’s Cove is always opened and packed and along the road there are fisherman who are sorting through and packing oysters. In the area you will find the Hog Island Oyster Company, Drakes Bay Oyster Company and Tomales Bay Oyster Company.
Although oysters are the predominant business along the coast there are also many other small farms and cheese businesses speckled throughout the countryside: Cowgirl Creamery, Strauss Family Creamery, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., Petaluma Poultry, Fallen Hills Ranch, Clover Stornetta, Rossotti Ranch, Bellwether Farms and Larry Wagner Farms.