On May 10, 2013, a group of curious adventurers visited Marin Sun Farms’ operations to learn how pasture-raised meat is brought from the ranch to the market. The day-long tour, organized by CUESA, included stops at Rogers Ranch in Point Reyes, Marin Sun’s butcher shop and restaurant in Point Reyes Station, and their processing facility in San Francisco. Read the full recap.
David Evans, along with 45 full-time and 10 part-time employees and a network of 10 co-producers.
Several thousand leased acres (changes by season and year) in West Marin and Southern Sonoma, about 40 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
David manages two of his family’s ranches (907 acres) on the Point Reyes Peninsula. He began raising 100% grassfed beef in 1998. To expand production, MSF now contracts with a network of local ranchers, or co-producers, that adhere to Marin Sun Farms’ standards for livestock production, processing, and direct sale of lamb, goat, pork, veal, turkey, duck, and chicken for eggs and meat. Each product is individually labeled with the name of the ranch it comes from. Ruminant livestock are 100% grassfed and pasture-raised. Animals are free of synthetic hormones and antibiotics. About 75% of MSF’s pastures are certified organic.
Much of David’s land is Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA)
Pastures rely on natural rainfall. No irrigation is used. The pasture-based system allows manure to recycle naturally back into the pasture.
From the 1850s until 1900, the Point Reyes Peninsula supplied the majority of dairy products to San Francisco.
Farm animals play an important role on a number of Ferry Plaza Farmers Market farms. We’ve compiled a collection of adorable photos from Massa Organics, Marin Sun Farms, and Bodega & Yerba Santa Goat Cheese, to give you a taste of farm life at these integrated operations. (Photos courtesy of their respective farms.)
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »