Welcome to our Doorstep Market at Devil's Gulch Ranch
Welcome to our marketplace. Join us in celebrating the foods created by family farms as we work to help small businesses thrive, and communities become more resilient despite the changing climate.
Devil's Gulch Ranch is a diversified family farm that produces winegrapes, rabbits, pigs, sheep, heritage French Bresse chickens, heritage Silkie chickens, poussin, squab, quail & LGDogs. They are now available as a retail outlet for Devil's Gulch meat products and products from other regional farmers through their farmer to farmer partnerships.
With a combined agricultural experience that totals more than eighty years, Mark and his wife Myriam, a UC Davis Veterinarian school graduate, have run Devil’s Gulch Ranch with the experience and nuance needed for a successful and sustainable farm. Most of the products produced at Devil’s Gulch Ranch were either sold directly to chefs or at local farmer's market until the COVID chaos required sudden changes.
Evolving and adapting is an important part of good farming and keeping communities resilient in times of distress. Climate change and emerging diseases affect animals and people alike. Eating healthy food that is produced in a manner that compliments the local environment is vital to keeping immune systems strong and communities safe. At the heart of these necessities are small family farms who are well versed in working together with Nature and communities.
Mark first learned how to raise pigs back in the eighties from Red Castillioni, who raised pigs at a nearby cheese factory. He used the factory’s whey byproduct as feed for his pigs. He supplemented the whey with other diverse byproducts as well, like soy pulp, tortillas and various breads. This is how Mark learned to diversify the byproduct feed he made for his own pigs and chickens, and why he has spent the past two and a half decades developing relationships with businesses that have recyclable byproducts. This approach has an important impact on the environment.
Devil's Gulch Ranch raises sheep and goats that are important in weed control in the vineyard and reducing fire danger around the ranch. The rabbits are raised in cages reducing the damage they can do to the environment, reducing the stress of being a small prey animal and to keep them healthier than if they were in overcrowed colonies. Beneath the rabbit cages are free range silkie chickens used to control flies and other parasites These flightless birds produce medicinal Asian black chicken meat and bones while aeroating the manure. Later this compost is spread in the vineyard, improving the soil and nourishing the winegrapes.
Education is an important aspect of what is done at the ranch. During the summer, the ranch offers an agricultural day camp so children can experience first hand Nature and where their food comes from. Throughout the year buyers can also come out to the ranch and purchase products while witnessing food production in balance with nature.
Devil's Gulch Ranch goes beyond giving back locally, offering their time and energy as Farmer to Farmer volunteers in places like Haiti, El Salvador and Niger, sharing knowledge and opportunities to help other farmers thrive and to improve the lives and well being of animals. Healthier animals leads to healthier communities worldwide. This in turn keeps us all healthier as more people and goods travel and the climate changes.
Please check out the collection of products we have put together for you. If you don't find what you are looking for here, please visit our website and webshop.
Enjoy our products and visit us at local Farmer's Markets. Should you have any questions about our products please send an email via, DevilsGulchRanch1@gmail.com