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Grass-fed farms in the Bay Area?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 09, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I recently moved to the Bay Area from NYC, and I am looking for a new supplier of grass-fed beef (or other pastured meat). Preferably I would like to buy an entire cow, to save as much money as possible. I have a car and am willing to travel to transport the meat.

Does anyone in the area have a farm they regularly work with?

Thanks for your help everyone!

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on February 17, 2014
at 03:44 AM

thanks so much for this! I will be purchasing from them... great prices :)

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on May 23, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Hi Shari - I sometimes buy Prather Ranch meat. I've purchased it from the Grand Lake and Temescal farmers markets in Oakland as well as from their outlet in the Ferry Plaza building. I've spoken with staff at all three of these locations and they've always been 100% up front with me that their cattle are not finished on grass. I don't think it's Prather's policy to intentionally mislead people on whether their beef is grass finished or not. Maybe you must found the one place with misinformed employees? Glad you found another vendor that you're happy with though. I'll have to check them out!

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on May 12, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I think Morris sells all over the bay area.

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on May 11, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I'm living in Mountain View! Thanks for the Local Harvest website, much appreciated.

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on May 10, 2011
at 06:31 PM

My family and visited the Prather ranch at Mt. Shasta. Dsohei is right -- they finish the last 4-6 months on 'grassheads' of barley which increases their bulk more than pure pastures. It is not exactly a whole barley grain, they are 'grassheads' with the grain+fibrous outside and are very dry and light. The ranch manager took us around for several hours and we got to ask all kinds of questions. http://nephropal.blogspot.com/search/label/Grass%20fed Barleyheads are not ideal (b/c a portion of the herd develop a bovine condition known as 'bloat' requiring antibiotics or they die) just ok.

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on May 10, 2011
at 02:27 PM

O.k. I just saw on their website that they do some grain finishing. This is in direct conflict with what they have said to me. I am not happy. I'm going to speak with them this weekend and find out the scoop. I love that they are humane certified which is very important to me but obviously I don't like the grain finish and more than that I don't like being mislead or lied to. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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on May 10, 2011
at 02:23 PM

Are you sure? Where did you hear this? I have spoken extensively with them and I know for certain they say that they are so this is seriously disturbing to me.

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on May 10, 2011
at 04:48 AM

prather isnt completely grass finished

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on May 09, 2011
at 07:46 PM

Ditto, although you're probably better elsewhere price wise for buying a whole cow.

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on May 09, 2011
at 07:31 PM

Will... you are sooo lucky! The bay area seems to be the 'good clean food' capital of the US! I am in Oregon and we aren't bad, but where you are at least raw milk/cream isn't banned!

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on May 09, 2011
at 07:13 PM

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

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on May 09, 2011
at 07:46 PM

Ditto, although you're probably better elsewhere price wise for buying a whole cow.

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on October 13, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Full Moon Ranch, in Hopland,CA is a very small scale operation that sells grass-fed and finished free range Beef in quantities of quarter/half/full animal, available generally in April or October. Contact at (415) 933-4719 for more information.

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on September 09, 2012
at 07:25 AM

http://markegardfamily.com/ they have farm days and I went, they definitely have happy cows, great family everyones nice, and you can buy their stuff from the half moon bay farmers market .

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on May 23, 2011
at 04:08 AM

I'm in San Francisco and I'm splitting a cow from Chileno Valley Ranch. Check 'em out!

http://www.chilenobeef.com/

They do u-pick fruit, also chickens, eggs and lot's of good stuff.

Hey Shari- seems like we are answering the same ? tonight and I guess we live in the same area too:) Pity about Prather. I'm still buying their stuff until I get my cow. I just love the taste. MSF is a good one too, but I only buy organ meat from them, cos it's affordable.

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on February 17, 2014
at 03:44 AM

thanks so much for this! I will be purchasing from them... great prices :)

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on May 22, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Thank you Grace for the information regarding Prather Ranch. I am happy to head it's not quite grain but am still angry that they weren't completely honest so I'm no longer going to patronize that business.

I did find another vendor that I like very much. They are smaller that Marin Sun Farms but their product is excellent and I am very pleased with all the cuts I have tried. The great thing is that they use mobile slaughter so the cows are not stressed by being put into trucks and transported to slaughter. You can find them at some farmers markets but can order online very easily in large quantities or smaller ones. Johansing Farms

I love MSF but I really like to support smaller operations when I can. Competition is a good thing in this market!

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on May 23, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Hi Shari - I sometimes buy Prather Ranch meat. I've purchased it from the Grand Lake and Temescal farmers markets in Oakland as well as from their outlet in the Ferry Plaza building. I've spoken with staff at all three of these locations and they've always been 100% up front with me that their cattle are not finished on grass. I don't think it's Prather's policy to intentionally mislead people on whether their beef is grass finished or not. Maybe you must found the one place with misinformed employees? Glad you found another vendor that you're happy with though. I'll have to check them out!

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on May 12, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Marin Sun does not have organic "pastured" pork. There might be places to get it in bulk but BiRite Market in San Francisco is the only place I've been able to find it.

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on May 10, 2011
at 02:39 AM

South Bay uses Morris farms. I don't have a freezer yet, but will be ordering from them when I get one.

3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

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on May 12, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I think Morris sells all over the bay area.

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on May 09, 2011
at 07:22 PM

Welcome to the Bay Area! I'm up here in Sonoma County and we have several ranchers up here. Not knowing exactly where you are, I plugged in San Francisco into the Local Harvest Search and came up with the following list:

Ranchers in the Bay Area

I'd love to know where you are! Also, a lot of Crossfit boxes have people willing to go in on a cow with you. Just call them up and ask.

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on May 11, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I'm living in Mountain View! Thanks for the Local Harvest website, much appreciated.

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on May 09, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I like Marin Sun Farms and Prather Ranch. You can pick up some Prather Ranch at many of the farmers markets to try it out. Marin Sun has only two outlets but I suggest you try before you commit to an entire cow. Not that Marin Sun Farms isn't good. I just highly recommend buying a small quantity from any farm first just to make sure it tastes good to you.

Marin Sun has a great meat CSA if you don't want to go with a full cow. Prather Ranch sells whole, half and quarter cows.

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on May 10, 2011
at 04:48 AM

prather isnt completely grass finished

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on May 10, 2011
at 02:23 PM

Are you sure? Where did you hear this? I have spoken extensively with them and I know for certain they say that they are so this is seriously disturbing to me.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on May 10, 2011
at 02:27 PM

O.k. I just saw on their website that they do some grain finishing. This is in direct conflict with what they have said to me. I am not happy. I'm going to speak with them this weekend and find out the scoop. I love that they are humane certified which is very important to me but obviously I don't like the grain finish and more than that I don't like being mislead or lied to. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

(3703)

on May 10, 2011
at 06:31 PM

My family and visited the Prather ranch at Mt. Shasta. Dsohei is right -- they finish the last 4-6 months on 'grassheads' of barley which increases their bulk more than pure pastures. It is not exactly a whole barley grain, they are 'grassheads' with the grain+fibrous outside and are very dry and light. The ranch manager took us around for several hours and we got to ask all kinds of questions. http://nephropal.blogspot.com/search/label/Grass%20fed Barleyheads are not ideal (b/c a portion of the herd develop a bovine condition known as 'bloat' requiring antibiotics or they die) just ok.

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on May 09, 2011
at 07:09 PM

there are a lot, however due to the limited slaughterhouses, availability and cuts can be limited. just keep this in mind that you might not be able to get certain offal, etc. because of this i tend to order a lot from other parts of the country, but if you want an entire local cow and have the room to store it, that's easier in the bay area. http://eatwild.com has lots of listings, as well as this page: http://bamcsa.ning.com/notes/Ranchers

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