12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: Marin Sun Farms

Ok, I know a standing rib roast is not everyone’s idea of a spectacular holiday gift, but I do know that boxes of meat and catalogs with meat-gifts (Omaha steaks, anyone) have been around for years. This year, I would like to offer you a local option.

Marin Sun Farms is a family-owned farming operation, that together with co-producers, seeks to provide year-round, local, sustainable, and ethically farmed meats. I first ran into Marin Sun Farms when I was looking for a Meat Community Supported Agriculture program. You could sign-up for a subscription that delivers a custom package of steaks, ground beef, chickens and sausage each month, or chose one of their standard packages. That would be gift idea #1.

For the holidays, you can order a variety of special cuts, including beef tenderloin, smoke cured ham, or a rack of lamb, plus sausages perfect for stuffing and Christmas day breakfast. We ordered a BN Ranch Bronze Turkey for Thanksgiving, and I am not sure if it was the way I cooked it, or the turkey itself, but it was pretty outstanding. My Dad thought it was the best looking turkey he had seen in a long time. And I was happy because I knew that it was not farmed in one of those monster turkey farms that pop up to supply our heaving Thanksgiving tables.

You can place your holiday order with Marin Sun Farms using the secure Online Order Form. And this year, Marin Sun Farms offers seven different pick-up locations for holiday special orders:

  • San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Saturday, December 18
  • Marin Civic Center Farmers Market: Sunday, December 19
  • MSF butcher shop, Point Reyes Station: Monday-Friday, December 20-24
  • MSF butcher shop, Oakland Market Hall: Monday-Friday, December 20-24
  • San Francisco-Mission District (private residence): Wednesday, December 22
  • Menlo Park (private residence): Wednesday, December 22
  • San Jose (private residence): Wednesday, December 22

Photo courtesy of Marin Sun Farms.

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12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010 Archive:

Pick A Peck Pickles
Frog Hollow Farms and Bellwether Farms
Beverley’s English Toffee
Kika’s Treats
Shop with Etsy
Bison Organic Beer
Blue Chair Fruit Company
479° Popcorn
Foodzie Gift Basket

12 Days of Local Christmas, 2009 Archive:

Philz Coffee
Rancho Gordo Beans and Massa Organics Brown Rice
Rubicon Bakery
TCHO Chocolate
Small Hand Foods
St George Spirits
Frog Hollow Farms
Cowgirl Creamery
Earth and Vine Provisions
Her Coconess
Happiness Within Baklava Bites
La Biscotteria


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  2. This is great! I’ve not heard of a Meat CSA here but why not? I’ve been fortunate in that our small, biodynamic CSA farm raises pigs and lambs for meat and partners with other local farms for beef (as well as they have eggs, chicken and duck). I agree with you fully on the monster poultry farms. Wrong on so many levels. If I’m going to eat meat I really want to know the source especially in these times of all too frequent recalls. Great post.
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  3. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    I would love a one-stop shop for everything, but on the other hand, I feel fortunate that there are so many great choices in the Bay Area. Curious to know how others manage in areas where there is not as much choice?

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