Oxbow Public Market: Where Napa locals go for artisan food

Served up like a wine country smorgasbord, the Oxbow Public Market indulges the appetite for good food to go with great grapes.

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After its grand opening in February 2008, the blocklong complex managed to gain a toehold with local clientele while tourism slumped during the recession. Now, devoted patrons throughout Northern California make regular trips to Oxbow to visit their favorite purveyors. Tourists from around the world mix with Napa natives in search of fruity olive oil or handmade, port-laced chocolates.

“Five years ago when the market opened, it was right at the beginning of the economic downturn,” said Napa food promoter Tom Fuller, who served as our guide during a recent visit. “We started with five merchants. It took a couple of years to get going. Then, all of a sudden, business really started buzzing. It just kind of clicked. Now, it’s bustling every day. It’s a fun place to be.”

On the edge of Napa’s downtown in a crook of the Napa River, Oxbow has attracted regulars with a wide assortment of fine foods made locally. Modeled after San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace, Oxbow caters to shoppers who want to sample a lot of different California culinary experiences with no driving between stops.

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