Rainbow Ranch Farms

  (Pinon Hills, California)
Organic, free-range, pastured, grass-fed/finished, heritage-breeds,
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Farm pick-up Dec. 10th Saturday

Pick up at the farm has been postponed until Sat. Dec. 10th 10am - 12noon. There will be NO FARM PICK-UP on Sat. Dec. 3rd. Any questions, please call 1-760-868-6206

Heritage Turkey: Pick Up, Shipping & Harvest Your Own

Turkey shipping today, check your email 4 tracking #, if you do not get a tracking # by 3:00pm, call me immediately 1-760-868-6206.

Butcher Your Own, Tue Nov. 22nd -10am. It will be very cold, it may even be raining, please dress warm.

Pick-up your thanksgiving turkey today 10am-2pm.


3,248.94lbs of Heritage, Range Turkey Processed

Between Nov. 5th and Nov. 19th 2011, 3,248.94lbs of heritage turkey processed by Rainbow Ranch Farms, farm members, volunteers, participants and happy helpers.  Processing will continue through Wednesday Nov. 23rd.

Grown on Rainbow Ranch Farms, by Rainbow Ranch Farms caretakers, volunteers, participants and farm members.

Rainbow Ranch Farms Terroir, heritage turkeys are started and finished with a grass based protocol. Bugs, worms, maggots and various native insects are a part of a turkeys natural diet.

Rainbow Ranch Farms sold out of Terroir, heritage, range turkeys 13 months in advance, for 2011 Thanksgiving.  We are now accepting subscriptions for 2012 thanksgiving turkeys!

2012 Breeds, we grow heritage, rare and/or endangered breeds.

White Holland

White Midget

Rio Grande Wild

Royal Palm

Bourbon Red



Spanish Black

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Rainbow Ranch Farms Terroir turkeys are free range, grass fed, pastured (during season), and grown WITHOUT ANY corn, soy, wheat, no barley, no G.M.O's and Gluten-Free! Fed a custom feed blend made up of Certified Organic ingredients.

Rainbow Ranch Farms Terroir turkeys are NOT vegetarians. They fly, lay eggs, range freely, and mate naturally.


We never use any posssible toxic (fad, popular, fly by night, alternative faux ingredients) substances, organic or NOT! such as flaxseed...People get caught up in fads and in what's popular without knowing the dietary needs of livestock and ultimately, health problems will surface. 

Just because a flax seed has a high protein, does not necssarily make it a healthy choice to feed to poultry.

1. Does Cyanide cook out of the turkey meat??

2. Is flax seed sustainable??

3. Should flax seed be used as an alternative to soy protein??

4. Has America run out of protein options, that some farmers are replacing one possible poison for an even worse poison??

In addition, turkeys, chickens and game birds DO NOT like flax seed, it is not palatable to them. They must be food deprived to eat it and forced. it is inhumane.

Flax Seeds Side Effects:

Flax Seed Warnings:

Flax Seeds Toxic To Poultry by U.C.Davis

Here at Rainbow Ranch Farms, our mission has always been to stick as close to nature as desertly possible. It is best for the livestock and us.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, Know Your Farm and support small family farms.

Rainbow Ranch Farms, "Doing It Nature's Way!"

All products are organic by local, national and international Standards and are grown, produced, raised and/or processed by Rainbow Ranch Farms. Upon request, some meat is processed under U.S.D.A. inspection, including but not limited to Kosher or Halal.


Turkey Pick-Up/Shipping

Turkey pick up on Sunday, Nov. 20th & Tuesday, Nov. 22nd. Turkeys will be shipped-out Monday Nov. 21st and expected to arrive on or before Wednesday Nov. 23rd.

Butchering your own? Be here early (9-10am)on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd. Bring a cooler w/Ice. Call 1-760-868-6206


F.F.L. 1-A CSA Renewal Deadline 12-15-2011

FFL-1-A CSA has been improved for 2012.

Subscription deadline is Dec. 15th 2011. Please contact me to renew. FFL--1-A members get first choice of renewal. There are limited openings. Thank you!

Please check the new and improved program www.rainbowranchfarms.com more food than 2011 and longer seasonal harvests.


Calving At Rainbow Ranch Farms

BEHOLD, a pure breed, pedigree Dexter calf born on 11/03/2011 at 1:20pm and weighed 45lbs.

within 10-15 minutes of being born, this beauty was standing, walking and jumping!

The Dam: a registered, pure breed, pedigree Dunn Dexter.

The Sire: a registered, pure breed, pedigree Black Dexter.

To save a calf and his Dam we called in the troups, our friends, Veterinarians, family, farm members, volunteers, fellow ranchers and farmers: John Buccanan (veterinarian, cattle/horse rancher), Keith Betar (Race horses/cattle rancher), Sue Betar (pediatric nurse, race horses,cattle rancher), Mary (goat farmer, practicing M.H./livestock caretaker), David Shirley (business man, volunteer, farm member, Restaurateur), Carl (pasture management specialist, cattle/horse rancher), Dennis Kelley (cattle rancher, farmer, livestock caretaker), Xenia (animal science, M.H., cattle rancher, farmer, livestock caretaker/humane handling consultant), Jaime Sinclair (humane handling consultant, veterinarian, sheep farmer and ruminant specialist), Scott Way (cattle rancher, contractor, lowline breeder). Team work at Rainbow Ranch Farms for over 10 days & nights.

In all the time we have been breeding and growing cattle, this is the first complication we have ever encountered, and resulting in a loss. This is a rare situation.

This was a difficult calving for Midge and compications started over 10 days before the calving.

The Dam was lost, despite the round-the-clock efforts of many specialists. This was a heart break to be felt for a lifetime. Midge was a graceful heifer and had a gentle dispostion.

It was a miracle the Dam held on as long she did and calved a beautiful, healthy calf. The Dam passed away within 3 hours of calving.

Below is Midge, just after calving. We kept the mother with calf together and gave them plenty of privacy.

Eventually the calf laid by his mother and took a nap. While the calf was napping, Midge passed away and the calf was then brought inside the house.

Currently the calf is in the laundry room, sleeping on moving blankets, being bottle fed raw goat milk. I was able to extract some of the mothers cholostrum and although it was not abundant, it will do. Thank God We have plenty of A-2 colostrum and milk here on the farm.

Just hours after being pulled from his mother, the calf was hungry and running around with the cattle. We offered him warm goat milk, with colostrum from his mother, mixed with goat colostrum.

Here at Rainbow Ranch Farms we grow free range,  grass fed, pastured meats. We are breeders of heritage cattle, sheep, turkeys, chickens, goats, game birds and hogs.

Grown to perfection without any G.M.O's, no corn, no soy, no wheat, no barley, no grains and gluten-free!





Thanks L.A. Times and L&G Meats 4 Shout-Out!

Rainbow Ranch Farms, heritage, range, pastured turkeys are sold-out 1-2 years in advance. For your turkey orders, please contact Lindy & Grundy Meats in Los Angeles, CA. 1-323-951-0804 sooner than later! 

                         Photo courtesy of L.A. Times: Caitlin Keller Mon Oct 17 2011 8:00 AM

To learn more about Lindy & Grundy Pastured, local meats..

Rainbow Ranch Farms offers consultations:

Start a farm. Become sustainable. Live off the land. Develop a C.S.A. Start a local CO-OP. Growing heritage breeds. Growing heirloom foods.Growing sustainable meat on a grass based feeding protocol. Organic meats. Getting away from industrialized breeds. Getting away from commercial livestock feeds etc..

To schedule a consultation: 1-760-868-6206

Local Farms Catching On:

We are proud to learn that local farms are learning from/and following our protocol to offer fresh thanksgiving turkeys, instead of deep frozen, old-stock and stored turkeys this year.

Local farms have actually began to grow their own industrialized turkeys (it's a start) instead of buying them from commercial slaughter houses or third parties, to offer to their members a farm raised bird.

What is a C.S.A.?

A Community Supported Agricultural Program

**A true C.S.A. only offers what they grow and harvest. A reliable C.S.A. does not offer any foods grown and/or harvested by 2nd, third or 4th parties. These 3rd party+ transactions may deteriorate the safety of the food product and quality, it can become contaminated and is unreliable and un-traceable. This is no different than going to your local market to purchase foods from the (unknown) produce or meat dept. **

What is a CO-OP?

A Food Cooperative/Buying Club

**A CO-OP is a wholesale buying club, that buys in bulk, as a group to save money. Some co-op's specialize in local, organic, raw and/or all natural fresh produce, meats etc..: For a reliable and honest, *TRUE* Organic CO-OP contact Bountiful Harvest CO-OP in Apple Valley, CA.  An organic co-op will purchase certified organic U.S.D.A. and C.D.F.A. inspected and safe products from various reliable sources, direct from the farmers and/or artisans in bulk at wholesale prices.

To find a C.S.A. - CO-OP - Farm or local grocer near you, please search Local Harvest Listings.


By next year we hope to see local farms growing heritage turkeys, on range, with pasture and access to grasses, herbs, bugs, grubs, fresh air, sunshine and native vegetation with plenty of room to fly, mate, roost and live as nature intended..instead of using industrialized Giant Whites and Broad Breasted Bronze, grown on commercial (corn, soy, wheat)gamebird and/or lay mashes.

An industrialized turkey grows to market weight in 12-16 weeks, from hatch date, especially when fed a turkey S.A.D. of corn, soy, wheat etc. These birds can also be pre-disposed to health issues, leg and organ problems requiring medicated feeds and medicines

An old fashioned, wild and/or heritage turkey takes 7-9 months to reach market weight, depending on breed and environment. heritage breeds are healthy and grow very well on range, pasture and without genetic defects. they thrive without any corn, soy, wheat, barley, flax, grains and/or G.M.O's.

FLAX SEED and OIL: Flax seed has become very popular, what many do not know is that flax seed is mostly a laxative and weight loss aid (especially in birds). Birds do not derive "Omega 3" from consuming flax seed, like you may think. BIRDS DO NOT have stomachs.

Studies show that flax seeds contain cadmium and cyanide and may increase the risk of prostate cancer. So just because Flax is high in protein, does not mean it is good to feed to animals without doing a little research. That being said, many foods contain trace elements of carcinogens, but we should not starve to death! Flax seeds also contain a few good qualities. CONFUSED?

These are just a few of the reasons why preganant women are advised by medical doctors, nutritionists and dieticians, NOT to consume Flax seeds, when pregnant or breast feeding.

REF:Ames, B. N., Profet, M. and Gold, L. S. (1990) Dietary Pesticides (99.99% All Natural). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 87, 7777-7781
Ames, B. N. (1990) Natural Carcinogens: They're Found in Many Foods. In: Health & Environment Digest, B. Murdock, ed., pp. 4
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2002) 56, 157-165. DOI: 10.1038/sj/ejcn/1601298

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