Amber and Son Farm: Amber and Son Farm is a small family run farm located in Sebastopol California. They raise only heritage breed, pasture raised, all natural poultry. For them, its about raising animals the way they were meant to live and having a wonderful time doing it. Their birds are raised in small batches, on pasture, and never fed antibiotics. You can taste the difference! http://www.amberandsonfarm.com/
BN Ranch: BN Ranch is a grass based ranch that raises totally pasture raised cattle, heritage turkeys, and (sometimes) goats. They use no pesticides, herbicides, or artificial fertilizers on their land. They do not irrigate or use ground water or municipal water. They use no hormones on their animals and never feed antibiotics or any other drugs to the animals. Find out more on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100002478615105&sk=info
Devil’s Gulch Ranch: At the ranch in Nicasio, Mark and Myriam grow asparagus, wine grapes, rabbits, pigs, sheep and quail. Their rabbits are fed a pellet feed along with grass and hay to ensure complete nutrition. They work with a local feed mill to produce the pellets to their specifications which are free of hormones and antibiotics. Their sows are Yorkshires crossed on either a Duroc or Berkshire boar. The sows are pastured along with their piglets until the piglets are weaned. The weaned piglets are then finished with milk, bread, and grains, in a free-range environment, producing what we believe to be a superior product. You can find out more about all of the wonderful happening at Devil’s Gulch Ranch at http://www.devilsgulchranch.com.
Hudson Ranch: Hudson Ranch is located in Carneros and their heritage breed hogs are kept on pasture and raised with no added hormones or antibiotics. Their daily feed of grain contains corn, soy, wheat and barley, augmented with daily foraging for roots, grubs, and acorns on the property. Find out more at: http://www.hudsonranch.com/hudson-farm/pork.html. The heritage laying birds at Hudson Ranch in Napa are so beautiful to look at. They lay a great variety of shapes and sizes. These eggs are THE perfect eggs for a basket! The eggs are equally as beautiful as the birds; a mixed surprise of blue, green, brown, pink, and white in each dozen. http://www.hudsonranch.com/hudson-farm/poultry.html
Kaki Farm: Kaki Farm in Gridley produces beautiful eggs for us. Nicasio Soria grows many kinds of fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, blackberries, plums, pears, peaches, grapes, asparagus, corn, melons, walnuts, oranges, and mandarins. He also produces some really fantastic eggs. The laying chickens are pasture raised and roam around the fully certified organic farm. Their diet consists of whatever they find! Leftover fruits or vegetables that don’t sell at the farmer’s markets become tasty treats for the chickens too.
Lone Willow Ranch: Lone Willow Ranch is located about 4 miles north of Firebaugh along the San Joaquin River. They raise fruits and vegetables as well as livestock. We purchase heritage Tamworth pigs from them. Tamworth are great grazers and like being in open spaces. They pasture raise their hogs with simple fencing and protection from the weather. Their diet is supplemented with barley wheat and cracked corn which is soaked in their fresh goats’ milk. Find out more about the Tamworth and what they do at Lone Willow Ranch at http://www.organicheirlooms.com/index.html
Magruder Ranch: Mac Magruder (along with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law) raises beef, pigs, and sheep on 2,300 acres of land that they call Ingel-Haven Ranch which is a fifth generation working farm in Potter Valley (Mendocino County). During the past thirty plus years Mac has become, in effect, a grass farmer, developing fertile pastures rich with naturally growing legumes and grasses perfectly suited to grow healthy cattle. Ingel-Haven Ranch consists of both irrigated pastures and open hill ground which provides year-round grazing for the cattle in a holistic rotational system. The land is grazed and then rested an optimal amount of time for proper plant recovery. The Angus cattle are born and raised on the ranch, fattened up on the ranch (all grass fed), and processed locally, contributing to a local food system and local economy. http://www.magrudergrassfed.com
Napa Valley Lamb: Run by our longtime friend Don Watson, Napa Valley Lamb produces ”wooly weeders”. Not only are his milk-fed sheep used for meat but he also uses them as an environmentally sensitive mowing service for vineyards and open lands. Watson also raises sheep for milk production which he provides to cheese makers. He raises his lamb solely on the natural forage of the open range and mother’s milk. You can find out more about Don Watson and his wooly weeders at http://www.woolyweeders.com.
Paine Farms: Located in Sonoma, Paine Farms is supplying us with Sqaub. Phillip Paine feeds the pigeons an all natural diet that he created himself over twenty years ago. They are air chilled birds that are raised in the pasture.
The Riverdog Farm: The Riverdog Farm is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and is located in the beautiful Capay Valley where rich creek-bottom soil, intense summer heat and winter frost make exceptionally fertile grounds. Partners Tim Mueller and Trini Campbell, along with their daughter and 50 full time employees, keep the farm going year-round. Their hogs forage and roam in the tall grasses. Last summer, they added certified organic whey from Cowgirl creamery in Petaluma to their hogs’ diet. It’s another excellent source of protein for the hogs and they love it! See photos at: http://riverdoghog.blogspot.com/. We also get chicken from Riverdog Farm. The chicken live in mobile chicken coops that move throughout the farm. Chickens forage on bugs and organic veggies. See photos here: http://riverdogfarm.blogspot.com/.
Stemple Creek Ranch: The Poncia Family began ranching the rolling hills of Tomales Bay in 1902. They raise all natural, 100% pastured beef and lamb on certified organic pasture land just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Their ranch and beef operation are certified through the Global Animal Partnership, demonstrating their serious commitment to animal welfare and ethical husbandry practices. At Stemple Creek Ranch, Loren and Lisa Poncia really focus on breeding animals with high amounts of fat marbling so that their beef is rich and flavorful which is hard to find in pasture raised animals. Find out more at http://www.stemplecreek.com.
Sonoma County Liberty Ducks: Sonoma County Poultry was founded in 1992 by Jim Reichardt, a fourth generation duck farmer, in response to chefs’ demands for a larger, meatier, more flavorful duck. Their “Liberty Ducks” are a strain of Pekin Duck that was developed in Denmark and is suited to a slower, less stressful style of rearing. This results in a market age of about 9 weeks as opposed to six weeks for other commercially grown birds. Sonoma County has the perfect climate for raising ducks in this style. The temperate climate allows them to raise Liberty Ducks year-round, on straw litter, in an open environment with a minimum of intrusion. Liberty Ducks receive no antibiotics or hormones and are fed a diet that consists largely of corn and other grains. The combination of all these factors result in the best, most flavorful duck available in the country today. Find out more at http://www.libertyducks.com/about.html.