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, his parents, Daniel and Dolores, along with 22 full-time and 5 part-time employees.
Dave Evans is a fourth generation cattle rancher in Inverness who began raising grassfed beef in 1998. He raises his 100% grassfed and finished beef on leased land on and around his parents’ historic ranch. Since 2002, he has also been developing a poultry business. Marin Sun Farms is committed to producing local, humanely raised, bio-enhancing, healthy food products for the community: “We understand that managing holistically is vital in sustainable, meaningful production and in maintaining the functioning stability of our ecosystem,” Evans says.
Some of the meat and eggs that Marin Sun Farms sells is raised at Evans’s ranch, while some is sourced from their network of local co-producers. Each product is individually labeled with the ranch it comes from. Each co-producer adheres to Marin Sun Farms’ protocol of production for ruminants, poultry, and pork.
2,994 leased acres in West Marin and Southern Sonoma, about 40 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
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 »