Our Farmers

 

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Beef

Magruder Ranch

Mac Magruder, his wife, daughter and son-in-law raise beef, pigs, and sheep on 2,300 acres of land that they call Ingel-Haven Ranch, a fifth generation working farm in Potter Valley (Mendocino County). During the past thirty-plus years, Mac has effectually become 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, raised, and finished on the ranch (all grass fed), and processed locally as a contribution to our local food system and local economy.

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 focus on breeding animals with high amounts of fat marbling to produce beef that is rich and flavorful, often times harder to find in pasture raised animals.

 

pork

Lone Willow Ranch

Lone Willow Ranch is located roughly 4 miles north of Firebaugh along the San Joaquin River.  They raise fruits and vegetables as well as livestock, and The Local Butcher Shop  purchases heritage Tamworth pigs from them.  Tamworths are great grazers and like being in open spaces.  Lone Willow pasture raises their hogs with simple fencing and protection from the weather.  Their diet is supplemented with barley wheat and cracked corn soaked in fresh goats’ milk from their own goats.

Llano Seco

Llano Seco was incorporated in 1861 as in its 7th generation of family farming on the Sacramento River on one of California’s last entact Mexican land grant properties. Their organic pigs are a cross of Duroc and Yorkshire breeds, and are fed 100% certified organic vegetarian grains and legumes, some of which are grown on the Rancho. They are provided with deep straw bedding and plentiful outdoor access. The pigs are slaughtered in a small-scale, organic certified abbatoir, a short 20-minute drive from the Rancho, ensuring a stress-less and humane death. Also raising organic beef and heritage beans and grains, Llano Seco is proud to provide a variety of products while caring for the people, the animals and the land.

Mendocino Organics

Mendocino Organics is a first-generation farm offering sustainable meats, amazing produce, and grain to Northern California. Mendocino Organics is owned and operated by Adam and Paula Gaska, a husband-and-wife team dedicated to great food and ecological stewardship. They have been farming together since 2008, marrying their complimentary farming and business skills to develop the farm to where it is today.

 

lamb

Emigh Lamb

Martin and Jeanine Emigh have been raising lambs through their company, M.J. Livestock since 1991. Martin is a fourth generation rancher; his great grandfather starting raising lambs in 1876 in the rolling hills of Rio Vista, CA. This tradition has been passed down through the generations. They run rambouillet cross ewes with Suffolk/Hampshire rams. After being weined, the lamb graze free on natural pastures of alfalfa, clover, filaree and rye grass with no added pesticides or fertilizer.

Magruder Ranch

Mac Magruder, his wife, daughter and son-in-law raise beef, pigs, and sheep on 2,300 acres of land that they call Ingel-Haven Ranch, a fifth generation working farm in Potter Valley (Mendocino County). During the past thirty-plus years, Mac has effectually become 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, raised, and finished on the ranch (all grass fed), and processed locally as a contribution to our local food system and local economy.

 

goat & veal

Rossotti Ranch

Rossotti Ranch is a family owned and operated ranch specializing in all natural grass fed meat goats and pasture raised veal. The ranch is in the beautiful rolling grasslands of western Marin and southern Sonoma Counties, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.  Rossotti Ranch is part of a very loyal agricultural family. They are committed to continue their family’s tradition of producing healthy food for our local community. Julie is a fourth generation rancher who has been devoted to raising livestock since she could walk. Julie has owned a herd of both registered and commercial beef cattle for over twenty years. Wanting to diversify, about 4 years ago, Tony and Julie Rossotti developed an interest in the production of African Boer meat goats. Their interest quickly became a new found passion. After sharing a ranch with family members for a few years, Tony and Julie purchased their first ranch two years ago and  currently their beef cattle and goats are located on both ranches – the family’s historic H Ranch in Point Reyes and The Rossotti Ranch in Petaluma.

 

chickens

Riverdog Farm

Riverdog Farm is a 450 acre certified organic, diversified family farm in Capay Valley that grows vegetables, fruits, nuts, and raises chickens and pigs. Since 1990 the farm has used a system of compost, crop rotation, cover cropping and hedgerow planting to keep the soil healthy and to promote a healthy ecosystem around the farm. Riverdog Farm’s animals are integrated into its farming system by providing natural fertilizer for orchards and fields and are all raised on organic pasture. Riverdog Farm’s chickens are raised in mobile coops on pasture under the fruit and nut orchards. Each coop is moved everyday to a new patch of fresh pasture. In addition to pasture the meat birds also enjoy a diet of whey-soaked organic grain, veggie and fruit culls, and organic feed.

Hoffman Farm

Hoffman has been raising Cornish Cross chickens in Manteca, California, since 1948. The farm has grown over the years and has evolved into the present day Hoffman Hatchery, still a family-run business. The birds are housed in flight pens where they can forage, and their locally grown and milled supplemental feed is GMO-free.

 

ducks

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 suited to a slower, less stressful style of rearing. This results in a market age of about 9 weeks as opposed to the average six weeks of other commercially-grown birds. The temperate climate in Sonoma allows Liberty Ducks to be raised year-round on straw litter in an open environment and 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.

turkey

BN Ranch

BN Ranch is the current operation of Bill and Nicolette Hahn Niman, original founders of Niman Ranch meat company. BN is a grass based ranch located in Bolinas in Marin County that raises of pastured heritage turkeys. They use no pesticides, herbicides, or artificial fertilizers on their land, do not irrigate or use ground water or municipal water, and avoid all hormones and antibiotics.

 

squab

Paine Farm

Phillip Paine raises the most succulent, well bred squab you have ever tasted in Sonoma.

 

quail

Wolfe Ranch

Brent Wolfe has been raising quail for more than 30 years. At Wolfe Farm near Vacaville, California, Brent’s free range quail are selectively bred and fed a high-protein grain diet with no hormones or antibiotics. Allowing seven weeks for the quail to mature leads to a flavorful bird that are larger than average.

 

rabbits

Devil’s Gulch Ranch

Devil’s Gulch is located  in Nicasio, and Mark and Myriam’s 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.

 

chicken & quail

Clark Summit

Clark Summit has close to 2,000 laying hens, a mixture of Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rock, Americana, Golden and Black Sexlink, Silver- and Golden-Laced Wydottes, and Auracanas. The birds roam the pastures freely and at night are closed into six movable and one stationary chicken coops. The laying hens eat a certified organic layer pellet produced by a local feed mill in Petaluma. They also eat lots of grass, bugs, and worms. The eggs are collected, washed, and packed by hand.

Kaki Farm

Kaki Farm in Gridley produces beautiful eggs for The Local Butcher Shop. Proprietor Nicasio Soria grows many kinds of fruits and vegetables as well as her fantastic eggs. The laying chickens are pasture raised and roam around the fully certified organic farm, and their diet consists of whatever they find on the farm.

Apple Tree Farm

Apple Tree Farm is located in Madera, California. Two families joined together on the common ground of farming, family and faith. Together, with unwavering conviction, in a symbiotic relationship between chickens and orchards, the Brendle Family partnered with the Jackson’s, whose 160-acre farm, DayBreak Organics, provides the pasture for the Brendle’s chickens.  The Brendle’s six sons daily tend the chickens, truly making Apple Tree Farms a family affair. With dirt under their fingernails as well as smeared on their faces, they put their hearts and souls into each egg. 

 

duck eggs

Farmer Joy

Sixth generation Farmer Joy raises ducks on her family’s farm in Marin County’s Chileno Valley.