The Meat & Fish Department at BriarPatch Food Co-op is committed to offering you the best local, organic, and natural meats and sustainable seafood available. All of our natural and organic meat suppliers pledge no hormones or antibiotics.


BriarPatch labels seafood using the FishWise labeling system, created by Sustainable Fisheries Advocates, a non-profit organization based in Santa Cruz. FishWise helps us provide information about the sustainability of seafood, so shoppers can make environmentally-informed choices.

Humanely Raised Animals

Niman Ranch

Compassionate family farmers raise animals with respect for the land. Animals are raised humanely and never given hormones or antibiotics.

Nevada County Free Range Beef 

Local Rancher Jim Gates raises cattle that are grass fed and grass finished in Nevada County. They range freely over hundreds of acres of lush green pasture, enjoy fresh air, warm sunshine, and clear water. No hormones or antibiotics are ever given to the animals and their pasture grass is pesticide free. Cows are never, ever confined to a feedlot.

Creekstone Farms

The Creekstone Farms program is unique to the industry because it combines superior Black Angus & Duroc genetics, exceptional cattle and hog management practices, carefully controlled high-quality feeding and state-of-the-art processing.

First Light

A New Zealand company that produces some of the highest quality grass-fed Wagyu and farm-raised venison in the world.

Thousand Hills

Thousand Hill farmers believe in regenerative agriculture, a broad set of holistic land management and grazing practices that build soil health, reduce erosion and runoff, increases biodiversity, and improves nutrient density in meat while benefiting rural economies.

Organic Prairie Co-op

An independent cooperative of organic family farms and true pioneers of organic meat production. Producing delicious meats–without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or pesticides– since 1996.

Durham Ranch Bison 

A family-owned business and one the largest bison operations in North America. Humane handling practices are adapted to the behavioral patterns of the bison. Growth hormones are never used in Durham Ranch bison.

Durham Ranch Game Meats 

With a long history of raising animals and custom butchering for fine restaurants, Durham Ranch offers a broad range of specialty meats, including bison, wild boar, Wagyu beef, game birds, venison, elk, Berkshire pork, natural beef and rabbit. Ranchers ensure that all Durham Ranch Natural and Sustainable Meats are raised according to the high standards set at the bison ranch in Wyoming.

Superior Farms 

Dedicated to careful and responsible domestic resource management. Superior Farms believes sustainable practices are an investment in our environment to make a lasting change for our future.


Not all pork is created equal. Proudly meets and exceeds the USDA’s standard to be considered “minimally processed” which requires that nothing is done to the meat to alter the natural taste. All natural, antibiotic-free hogs. Upholds humane treatment of animals and rejects the use of gestation crates. Pigs have space to roam free.

Beeler’s Heluka Pork

Sows oare not housed in gestation crates and pigs are raised without antibiotics, growth promotants, or ractopamine. Only pure natural spices and ingredients are used in bacons, hams, and sausages, and there is never any added MSG, sodium nitrate, or chemical preservatives. Heluka brand of Non-GMO fed pork products are verified by the Non-GMO Project. Pigs are fed a certified Non-GMO diet of corn and soybean meal.

Llano Seco

Rancho Llano Seco was incorporated in 1861 and has a rich history of balancing agriculture, live stock husbandry and conservation. The Rancho is one of the last Mexican land grant properties that remains intact. Pigs are a cross of Duroc, Yorkshire and Landrace breeds. Hogs are fed GMO-free vegetarian grains and legumes, 90% of which are grown on the ranch’s dry-land fields within a few miles of the barns. Pigs are confinement-free, raised in deep-bedded hoop barns with continual access to large open air pastures with plenty of sunshine and a great view of the California Buttes.

Cosmic Roots Ranch 

Cosmic Roots Ranch provides the highest quality ranch-to-table mangalitsa pork with the most humane raising practices and they’re local!

Mary’s Chicken

Free range, pasture raised, organically fed, air chilled chicken.


The Original organic chicken. Petaluma Poultry is dedicated to sustainable farming practices that renew natural resources and preserve the environment while contributing to local communities.


The free range chicken. Petaluma Poultry is dedicated to sustainable farming practices that renew natural resources and preserve the environment while contributing to local communities.

Emmer Co. Chicken

Emmer Co. Chicken has a vision for the future of farming focused on raising chickens entirely on pasture with move-able houses and practices that create healthy soil and regenerate the land.

Diestel Heirloom

Since 1949, Diestel Family Ranch has been a real family of farmers on a real family farm. Everything is produced according to strict animal welfare and environmental standards. One of the first turkey producers to earn a Global Animal Partnership Step 5 rating.

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