New food, wine center taking shape
The Barlow in Sebastopol slated to open in April as a haven for gourmet, locally made food
Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 4:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
On the corner of Highway 12, where it trails into Sebastopol, and Morris Street is the emerging Barlow, the site of the former Barlow Apple Center.
It is set to officially open in April as a gourmet gathering place for locally made food, wine, coffee and other artisan products, from lavender and organic cotton to bronze and baked goods.
Barlow developer Barney Aldridge wants the center to connect customers not only with the products, but also with the people who make them and the production process behind them.
Set on a little more than 12 acres, The Barlow consists of 17 metal buildings with roll-up storefronts and high ceilings, 10 of them new and seven of them refurbished, around a landscaped "campus."
A whole host of tenants have already signed on, many of them moved in and ready to go, while other spaces remain under construction and tenants still to be determined.
The existing mix reflects a wide range of tastes and moods. Here are the food and drink highlights:
Wineries: One of the first high-profile names to sign on, Kosta Browne winery is famous for its pinot noirs, many of them snapped up before they're even officially put out for sale.
A homegrown success story, Kosta Browne will produce its wines here and offer limited access to tasting.
Joining it on campus are a handful of other pinot-noir-focused producers, including La Follette Wines, Greg La Follette's personal brand; Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery, a downtown outpost of Marimar Torres's beautiful Sonoma Coast estate; MacPhail Family Wines, another pinot noir-specialist making wines from Mendocino, Sonoma, the Santa Barbara area and Oregon under both the MacPhail and Sequana names; and Wind Gap Wines, a small producer of chardonnay, pinot gris, syrah, grenache and other treasures.
Beer and Spirits: Spirit Works Distillery is a micro-distillery that has just begun making small batches of gin and whiskey from organic grain.
Beer-makers include Woodfour Brewing Company, a new brewery and bistro that will run on solar energy, and Warped Brewing Company, from the owners of Barley and Hops Tavern in Occidental, which will feature craft ales made on-site, as well as a tasting room and growler fills.
Coffee, Tea and Mate: With its signs already up, Taylor Maid Farms is an established name in organic coffee and tea, begun in 1993.
Its space will feature single-origin coffee pours, roasting tours and barista training sessions as well as espresso to go.
Guayaki Yerba Mate offers drinks from organic mate, a caffeinated stimulant made from the leaves of the South American holly tree, said to offer coffee's strength, tea's health benefits and chocolate's euphoria.
Lavender, Leaves and Spices: Lynn's Lavender had been operating from Tanuda Ridge Vineyard just outside of the town of Sebastopol, where founder Lynn Rossman planted both lavender and herbs more than 10 years ago.
Gypsy Bay Laurel supplies locally picked, dried, organic bay leaves to markets around the Bay Area, and will now sell them at The Barlow, along with dry herb rubs made from bay and other locally grown herbs.
Whole Spice, which already operates a successful store at Napa's Oxbow Public Market, is a second-generation, family-run business that mixes and grinds a generous range of herbs and spice combinations on-site, using spices, mushrooms, dehydrated vegetables and sea salts. It also blends sugars, salts and teas.
Markets: In addition to the Sebastopol Farmers Market, The Barlow will be home to the county's second Community Market, originally founded as a worker collective in 1975 and still dedicated to the vision of natural foods, health, nutrition and the environment.
With 10,000 square feet of space in its new digs, it will sell deli sandwiches, salads and pizza as well as beer, wine and meat.
There is also Farmers Exchange of Earthly Delights, or F.E.E.D., which sells affordable organic produce grown by family farms in Sonoma County.
Frozen Treats and Juice: SubZero Ice Cream and Yogurt will help cover dessert needs, especially in good weather, making ice cream and yogurts from dairy and non-dairy options (soy, rice, almond milk) using a flash freezing process involving liquid nitrogen.
With shops in other parts of the U.S., Occidental native Jacki Negri will run this one.
The Juicery, another recent addition, will provide a variety of juices.
Books and Bread: Ben Kinmont Bookseller will sell and appraise antique food and wine books, while The Village Bakery, a longtime Sonoma County institution, will bake danishes, cakes, cookies and bread daily, as well as make lunchtime sandwiches.
Zazu: Zazu owner and "Next Iron Chef" contestant Duskie Estes signed on recently to set up another Zazu, or possibly move the current one from its Guerneville Road location, at The Barlow.
The space they will move into will be big enough to also produce her and chef/partner/husband John Stewart's Black Pig Meat Company products, including bacons and salumis.
Virginie Boone is a freelance wine writer based in Sonoma County. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article has been altered to reflect the following correction.
CORRECTION: Added February 20, 2013
A story posted on February 17, 2013 incorrectly said the Barlow center in Sebastopol will become the new year-round home of the Sebastopol Farmers Market. The market will remain in its current location in the town square. The Barlow plans to provide some space for food vendors, developer Barney Aldridge said.
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