As a life-long cook I’ve always loved the feeling you get finding the perfect ingredients for a special recipe. Maybe it’s ordering a nice cut of meat from a farmer you know for a family gathering. Or walking through the farmer’s market and deciding what to make for Saturday dinner based on what is in season. It’s part of the magic of food and living in a culture that celebrates farming and quality ingredients. We are lucky to have so much of that culture available to us here in West Marin.
We enjoy working with animals and the end result of raising and harvesting them yourself is without a doubt the best food you will eat. The taste comes from putting in the work, knowing how the animal was treated, knowing how it was slaughtered, then celebrating the animal’s life in how you prepare the meal.
We strive for perfection in the life we give our sheep. We manage our stocking density to ensure the animals have access to open pasture year round. The Navajo-Churro is quite adaptable and enjoys eating brush and scrub in late summer almost as much as fresh green grass in spring. We supplement with high-quality grass hay and alfalfa as pasture nutrition declines. Our sheep are healthy, strong, and beautiful. The best animals stay in the breeding program. The rest make an exceptional quality food.
Navajo-Churro lamb is recognized by Slow Food USA in their “Ark of Taste,” a program created to promote the outstanding qualities of heritage breed foods. Navajo-Churro lamb is lean and has a light, delicate flavor. It is without a doubt the best lamb we have ever tasted. Pictured below is the “asador” cooking method. Asador can be handled many different ways, we choose to slow-roast over an oakwood fire. We cooked our very first ranch lamb this way, and it was an experience we will never forget!
Beef is popular in the American diet and a regular source of controversy in the news. Is it good for you? Is it bad for the environment? Personally we think meat is like everything else, best consumed in moderation and in balance with other healthy foods. We also believe knowing where your meat came from, how it was raised, and how it was slaughtered are all critical components of the healthfulness of food.
There is no question that large-scale farming practices adversely impact the planet and cause great harm to animals. We believe in raising animals for food but we also know animals have hearts and minds and deserve respect. We further believe that choosing to buy meat locally from farmers has the power to fundamentally alter the American food system. These principles are the basis for our small cattle operation.
Our cattle are free-range on pasture 100% of their lives. They are supplemented with grass hay when pastures are dry and finished on top-quality alfalfa hay (never grain). Cattle have access to shade, shelter, minerals, and plenty of fresh water at all times. We spoil our animals! The result is a rich and succulent beef that must be tasted to be believed.
We hope after reading about our farm that you are curious about our products. Check out some of our favorite Ranch Recipes for even more inspiration. Our foods are for sale direct to customers and in select retail locations in Point Reyes Station.