Turkey, Turkey, Turkeys

Ok, not our turkeys, but this is what they would have looked like if we raised turkeys in jolly ol' England. If you want to see shots of our turkeys, look for the links to the videos I took.

It’s just about time for the best holiday ever. Why is it so good? The food, duh, and most specifically, the turkey. No real t-day meal could be complete with out turkey taking its place front and center on the plate.

Not all turkey is created equal. Just like local beef is better than store bought, locally raised turkey will beat the socks off of any store bought turkey. We, your favorite Barbarosa Ranchers, grew a whole bunch of turkeys for this year’s holiday season, because we knew that folks would want the type of turkey that we grow.

An early reviewer had this to say about our turkeys:

We had a pre-Thanksgiving turkey dinner with a Barbarosa turkey last week – absolutely delicious. It made super tasty gravy and smelled fabulous as soon as it started cooking. Highly recommended!

Ok, so it was my mom who wrote that, but still, she speaks truth.  If you are interested in testing out our turkeys for this holiday, here are some tidbits of info will help you order from us.

Videos of the turkeys growing:
Poults in the Brooder
Turkeys in the field

Delivery Date and locations: Turkeys will be delivered on the weekend of the 11/13 to locations all around the bay area.
Weight: 18-22lbs with some smaller and larger ones available
Cost: $5.25/lb

How to Order:
We have partnered with The Foragers.com to handle all of our online sales and CSA deliveries. Head on over to their site to check out what they do and to order a turkey. Order our turkeys here on The Foragers.com


Post Rain equals glorious days

We had over 4″ of glorious rain over the past week or so. After rains like these, the air is so clean and everything is so bright that it is a soul uplifting experience to go outside. I hope that this video captures a little of what it is like to be here right now.

Pseudo flying Pt II

Today, I will show you the rest of the ranch.  I moved over to the other side of the hill to show you the back part of the ranch. I narrate all sorts of interesting details for your to gaze upon. However, after uploading this video and watching it, I realize that my Droid is not quite as high res as I thought. So, you won’t quite be able to see the details I am mentioning, but feel free to use your imagination to fill in the missing details.

It’s like flying over the ranch

Barbarosa Ranchers raises all of its meats on Big Bluff Ranch, Tyler’s family’s ranch west of Red Bluff.  Our slice of heaven is either vertical or flat, we don’t have any rolling terrain. One of the cool aspects of having such elevation change is that once on top of a hill, you look straight down and you feel like you are getting an aerial view. I had to climb to the top of the largest hill on the ranch and took a quick video up there.

PS – Don’t forget about ordering one of our organic free range turkeys for the upcoming holidays.


Special last minute offer

Hey, don't fret if you aren't an alumnus, we got a special deal for you!

Ok, so it isn’t meat and/or ranch related (directly that is) but it is related to agriculture in general. You may or may not know, that Holly and I met during a two-year long fellowship funded by the California Agriculture Leadership Foundation. So in this two-year program, the goal is to take agricultural/community leaders and expose them to larger and grander visions of what leadership means. For roughly 80 days out of 2 years, we would meet at various land grant campuses around the state and meet with a variety of interesting people and discuss a variety of interesting topics. It would be a whole long post to discuss all of the things we learn, but  some highlights  are: meeting with Justice Scalia, White House Briefing, Dinner party with US ambassador to Bosnia in Bosnia, tour of San Quentin, meeting with Leon Panetta (pre-CIA days), and well you see why I would need another post to cover our experience. But, for me, the best thing was Holly. Ahhhhh, ain’t I sweet? The program is amazing and if you have any connection to agriculture, I would recommend applying.

For you special blog readers, I have an opportunity for you to experience a weekend like what Holly and I were privileged to experience. Holly has been active in the alumni organization and has crafted an awesome seminar in the Bay Area. Here is what Holly has put together.

In keeping with the Region 1 theme, Climate of Change, Region 1 alumni and friends are invited to attend a 1.5 day seminar in San Francisco to explore multi‐curturalism in America with a closer look at the immigration and integration of the Asian‐American population. KTSF, with a viewer base of 1.4 million Bay Area Asian‐Americans, one of the largest media outlets in the country, has graciously agreed to sponsor our investigation as they host us at their studios. We will:

  • Speak to KTSF’s general manager and staff to learn about the challenges of media in the 21st century combined with dynamics of targeting a specific but diverse demographic.
  • Learn about 2nd and 3rd generational issues associated with an immigrating culture and how the issues vary between Asian cultures.
  • Examine the challenges these cultures faced in their immigration which will include a visit to Angel Island.
  • Meet with the head of the Hepatitis B awareness campaign targeting Asian Americans (1 in 10 Bay Area Asian Americans is estimated to be infected with Hepatitis B resulting in San Francisco’s liver Francisco’s cancer rate, the highest in the country)

Here is what I would say about it. Ag Leadership does its best to get you behind the scenes, talk to the real mover and shakers, and to make you see your world in a new light. I know what we are going to do during this seminar and I can guarantee that you won’t look at your Bay Area the same after you are done with this weekend. Really and truly, it will shake you up in a good way.

Think about it for a second, then register – time is short. To register, you can contact me here through the blog or register online.

Update: Free Range, Organic Turkeys

In my last post about turkeys, I took a video of them in their brooder. Back then, they were just large fuzz balls. Well, they have grown. Not long after that video I moved them out to pasture so they could free range around the chickens. At first, I had them in a chicken coop, but after a couple of days of figuring out their new abode, they started flying out of it. When that started to happen, I figured “ok, I guess that they are going to be free rangers then.” Now I just provide them some shelter from the sun, roosts to sleep on, and as much pasture as they want to nibble on.

So far, I am really enjoying raising these turkeys. Watch the video and you will see why.

If you want to order one of our turkeys for Thanksgiving, head over to our turkey page on The Foragers.

Updates from the ranch

In case you haven’t noticed, there has been a lot of silence on this blog since June. I had aspirations on making sure that updating this blog was going to be number 1 or 2 on my list of things to do, but the summer has made it pretty clear that the blog ranks below taking care of animals, selling meat, and sleeping. As you can imagine, a lot of things have changed over the last couple months of silence. Over the next week or so, I am going to catch you up on the doings and goings on.

Look forward to learning about:

  • How the turkeys are faring
  • Our new poultry processing facility
  • Millions and billions of pigs (well, it is only 40, but they are getting big!)
  • How our online/delivery partner The Foragers is growing.

But to get us started off on the recap, I decided to start with the goats. If you remember from my last video about the goats, they are from a nearby goat dairy. I got them at about 8 weeks of age and now they are about 20 weeks. You can see how fast they have been growing over the summer.