If there’s one thing I love almost as much as food, it’s dishware and cutlery (definitely a close second)! My husband thinks I’m crazy and wonders how I could possibly need another bowl or plate, but hey, I’m not a shoe girl or spend money on jewelry, so what’s the harm in one more pretty little dish? :)
So when we took a trip with some friends to Wine Country one weekend and ventured through Healdsburg, CA, I pleaded if we could stop for a minute at the Healdsburg Shed (of course, I could not stay in this gorgeous place for only a minute, but that plea luckily got me in the door).
The Healdsburg Shed is part gourmet food store, cafe, garden, flower shop and bakery. And unfortunately to the rest of my travel companions, that was not a good thing ;).
I literally could spend hours here, walking around, reading bottles and jars, drinking coffee, sniffing flowers and grabbing a bite to eat.
According to their site, Healdsburg Shed is a “market, cafe and community gathering space designed to bring us closer to the way we grow, prepare, and share food.”
Their mission is to “celebrate and nurture the connection between good farming, good cooking and good eating.”
It’s truly a whole food experience.
Most of their goods are locally sourced and have an aesthetically beautiful, rustic, organic vibe.
I’d buy these slate cheese plates for the design of their packaging alone! (Granted I don’t really eat cheese anymore, but I’m sure these would look great with some fruit or bread on them).
They also have a beautiful collection of little vases and pretty flowers.
Their cookware is traditional, mainly consisting of clay, ceramic, and enamel materials. The tools they sell are hand-powered, instead of electric. And their housewares collection focuses on cooking and seasonality, based on the needs of each season and what foods you’d be cooking during that time of year.
You can never have too many spoons…or chocolate. Dandelion Chocolate — one of my faves! Lately on our travels, I’ve been collecting wooden spoons from other countries (of course, I never use them because they’re just too pretty — another reason my husband shakes his head).
Who wouldn’t need a giant paddle spoon or scoop like these for their kitchen?
And more chocolate…
The Healdsburg Shed also has an in-house larder where customers can buy “house-made soups and stocks, farm fresh eggs, smoked fish, cured meats, farmstead cheeses, as well as a selection of prepared foods to take home.” They also had a sample of cheeses to try that day, so my kids had no qualms about making a bee-line straight towards this guy.
When you need a break from reading labels from their dozens of varieties of olive, grapeseed and nut oils, vinegars, mustards, pastas, jams and syrups, and freshly milled flours, you can grab a seat at their coffee bar and chat with fellow foodies.
That froth looks delish!
Or take some coffee home if you’re too busy to take a break.
I’ll take one of these, some of those, a couple of those….
Love the brushed metal caps on these Ball Mason Jars!
They also carry a selection of farm goods and tools…
…and a cute little garden area with planting pots, olive topiaries and ivy plants.
And when your hands get all dirty from all that time with mother nature, you can wash them with these handy little soaps (which knowing me, would never get opened because of the packaging).
Or if you’re not the gardening type, you can take home fresh organic vegetables and fruits that are delivered daily by local farmers. This place has thought of everything!
They even have a fermentation bar in the back (which I had never heard of) where local wines, beers, kombuchas, natural sodas and hard ciders are offered.
The second floor holds the Grange, which is “a modern interpretation of the time-honored agrarian center, bringing people together for a range of events focused on food and farming” according to this black chalkboard that greets you at the top of the steps. The Grange is where books talks, knife skill classes, and cooking classes are held. You can even take workshops about cider and cheese as well as learn how to make kombucha, kefir water & lacto fermented sodas. Chad Robertson of San Francisco Tartine Bakery is coming in September to give a talk on bread — if only I lived a wee bit closer!
The whole place is simply a foodie and designer paradise.
Needless to say, I left the Shed empty-handed as two little hands kept tugging on my shirt to hurry up and go. I will hopefully be making a return visit soon! The whole downtown area is such a fun place to explore and the surrounding wine country is simply beautiful. If you’re ever in the Healdsburg area in Sonoma County, check out the Healdsburg Shed at 25 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448 in downtown Healdsburg!