My husband and I are currently living in Japan but planning to return to the States next summer. Prior to Japan, we lived in Portland, Oregon and are looking for somewhere in the SF bay area with a great local ag/casual food scene much like the one we left. A mix of high style and corner shops is our preference and farmer's markets and ethnic food availability are important as well.
We aren't certain that we can afford to buy in SF proper so are hoping to find a smaller city or town that still has character and excellent food options. Some places we're looking at are: Petaluma, Mendocino, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, San Simeon, Sebastopol, and Fairfax.
Anyone know if any of these towns are reputable in the food world?