Head up to Sebastopol for a double dose of natural beauty. First, taste some of the many varieties of apples grown by Walker Apples, including Northern Spys, Pink Ladies, Romes, and Arkansas Blacks. Twenty dollars will buy your forty pounds of apples, and they let you taste each kind. It’s a great year for apples, says Ericruo–juicier than last year, very crisp, and with a good amount of acid to balance the sweet. Arkansas Blacks are particularly recommended.

Second, what problem can’t be solved with an entire quart of freshly barbecued oysters? Head to the Drakes Bay stand at the Sebastopol Sunday farmers’ market for succulent barbecued oysters. They’re $2 per oyster, or $18 to $20 for a quart. Melanie Wong says they were even good in July–and there’s no ‘R’ in July.

Walker Apples [Sonoma County]
10955 Upp Road, Sebastopol

Drakes Bay Oysters [Marin County]
formerly Johnson

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