25 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Photo by Rachel Weill, AFAR Media
Healdsburg SHEDHealdsburg SHED dubs itself a “modern grange,” and the name is both original and apt. In the olden days, the grange was where a farming community gathered to share experiences and meals. Today, in downtown Healdsburg, SHED serves a similar role. Part of the experience revolves around furnishings—the metal barn-like structure is a shop that sells high-end goods for the home, kitchen, and garden. The bulk of it, however, is about food. A produce department sells fruits, vegetables, and flowers from organic farms within a 10-mile radius (including Home Farm, which belongs to SHED owners Doug Lipton and Cindy Daniel). A mill grinds grain into flour. A larder stores cheese and charcuterie from local artisans. There’s also a coffee bar, which uses beans from Flying Goat Coffee, and a fermentation bar, which brews its own kombucha. The main attraction is the SHED Café, which, under the direction of Michelin star-winning chef Perry Hoffman, serves dishes that spotlight local growers. Menus here change daily but might include a marinated kohlrabi salad with sunflower seeds, or Liberty Farms duck leg with carrot puree. SHED offers regular classes during which participants can learn how do everything from pickle vegetables to winterize crops.