Where to Get Locally Raised Eggs + Meat in the Sacramento Area
While living in an agriculturally rich region like Sacramento, it’s only right to source straight from local farms. After all, we have an abundance of small, family-owned farms operating in our midst! To avoid traversing through the mud to a barn to hand pick your own eggs, we compiled a list of places in the area where you can access local eggs and meat every day of the week.
We believe strongly in supporting the livelihood of local farms using ethical practices to raise top-quality meat and producing fresh eggs. Join us by making a point to source locally during your weekly grocery trip! These neighborhood stores will make that process even easier.
Photo Courtesy of Long Dream Farm
Located just west of Auburn in the sunny Sierra Nevada foothills of Placer County, Long Dream Farm is a family-owned and -operated farm rethinking dairy and farming — from the animal’s perspective. They sell a range of products, including dairy from heritage breed cows and eggs from pasture-raised chickens. The approach to food production at Long Dream Farm places the rights, lifestyle and happiness of the farm animals before anything else. Plus, the farmers are passionate about educating people who are interested in ethical, diversified food production.
Located in Rio Linda, The ReFarmery is an open-source project merging responsible semi-urban agriculture with found resource repurposing. With a passion for making use of every square foot available, The ReFarmery is proving that local food, community support and sustainable living are the future.
Become a CSA member with The ReFarmery to receive a wide selection of eggs, vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. The eggs will be of the highest quality, as their chickens roam free with about 50 square feet of outdoor space per chicken, and are fed a corn-free, soy-free, non-GMO, whole-grain diet.
Photo Courtesy of V. Miller Meats
V. Miller Meats is a relatively new craft butchery in the heart of East Sacramento. This specialty butcher shop is dedicated to preserving the craft of whole animal butchery and narrowing the gap between the consumer and their food source.
You know what else they are passionate about? Sourcing from local farms. V. Miller sources from Skyelark Ranch in Capay Valley for eggs, Stemple Creek Ranch in Marin County for grass-fed beef,Rancho Llano Seco in Chico for humanely raised pork, and Emigh Lamb in Dixon for lamb.
Since 1992, the Sinclair family has lived in Placer County, and in 1998, their daughter’s choice for her 4H project got the family involved with producing sheep. And the rest is history! Today, the Sinclair Family Farm raises pastured beef, pork, goat, lamb, chicken, rabbit, and eggs on their expansive property in Penryn.
Call ahead to place an order for pick-up or make an appointment to browse their products in person at their 7209 Church Street location. You can also find Sinclair Family Farm products at a few local spots, including the Auburn and Roseville Farmers’ Markets. The Sinclair Family Farm also delivers once monthly through their Sierra Foothill Producers in Granite Bay, Folsom, Penryn, and the Tahoe region.
Photo Courtesy of Family Friendly Farms
Family Friendly Farms has a beautiful story of family, faith, and ultimately — farming. Nestled at the end of a private road surrounded by hills in Grass Valley, this family-owned farm raises a wide array of animals in humane conditions with lots of room to roam. The family (with seven kids!) works closely together to monitor the products for quality of nutrition, tenderness, and flavor. After all, they too eat the products they sell!
Explore the online store, where you’ll find a range of options, including grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, bacon and sausage, free-range chicken, meadow-grass lamb and more. Family Friendly Farms ships directly to homes throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, and operates neighborhood deliveries to a number of areas, including Sacramento!
Yolo Land & Cattle Co. is one of the best sources for grass-fed beef in the region. This family-owned ranch is nestled in the Blue Ridge Hills of Western Yolo County, just outside of Woodland. The cattle roaming throughout the ranch are fed a diet consisting of grass — and grass alone! That means they do not receive any artificial supplements, antibiotics, or hormones.
The beef is harvested, cut, and wrapped in a small USDA-inspected facility. It is dry-aged for about 7–10 days to achieve the ultimate tenderness. It is then cut into individual cuts, vacuum-packed, and flash frozen to maintain its high quality and freshness. Place your order to experience this top-of-the-line grass-fed beef!
Perhaps the best source for locally raised eggs and meat is your neighborhood farmers’ market. There are over 20 farmers’ markets throughout the Sacramento area, meeting at various times throughout the week. So no matter what day it is, you are sure to find a market near you.
Use our interactive farmers’ market map to make your search easier! Most markets offer a variety of local eggs and meat in addition to an abundance of fresh produce and baked goods to complete your farm-fresh meal.
Ikeda’s | Auburn + Davis
What started as a humble fruit stand in Auburn has evolved into a natural food emporium with two locations, the flagship in Auburn and one in Davis. You will find just about everything on your list at Ikeda’s — including fresh fruit and vegetables, wine and beer, snacks, and freshly baked pies. Plus, Ikeda’s sells an array of locally raised eggs and top-quality meats! This family-owned store tries to sell as much local as possible to ensure quality, freshness and unbeatable taste. Whatever you do, don’t miss the renowned pies attracting visitors from all over the country.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op | Sacramento
Photo Courtesy of John Swain via Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is the ideal one-stop-shop for all your natural foods needs. This expansive natural foods store has one of the widest selections of seasonal and organic produce in addition to specialty seafood, meat and poultry sourced from a number of trustworthy sources.
The co-op purchases seafood from fisheries working in an environmentally responsible manner to maintain healthy species populations and habitats. For their meat, they support small farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to animal husbandry practices, prioritizing the health of both the animals and the environment. And all poultry at the co-op has been raised in a cage-free environment and fed a vegetarian diet with no antibiotics. You will find an abundance of meat and eggs from local farms right in our backyard, in addition to other farms throughout the country adhering to strict ethical and ecological guidelines.
Elliott’s Fine Nutrition | Rocklin, Citrus Heights + Folsom
At any of its three locations, Elliott’s Fine Nutrition has a small section with refrigerated goods, including locally raised eggs. While you’re picking up your eggs, explore the incredible selection of food and supplements, all focused on health and wellness. Elliott’s sells vitamins and supplements, herbal products, beauty and body products, home care, pet products, and just about anything you need for complete holistic living. Residents in the Folsom area enjoy the convenience of three nearby locations, in Folsom, Citrus Heights and Rocklin.
Placerville Food Co-op | Placerville
Photo Courtesy of Regina Miranda via Placerville Food Co-op
Placerville Food Co-op is the only cooperatively owned grocery store in El Dorado County. Their mission to be a socially responsible business means they offer a full selection of natural and organic produce, many of which are locally grown or produced. This full-service grocery story offers organic produce, raw milk, organic and grass-fed meats, gluten-free foods, bulk nuts and grains, kombucha drinks, and much more. Plus, Placerville Food Co-op has a full-service hot and cold deli to fill you up before or after you shop! This friendly neighborhood grocery has so much in store. Stop by to see what locally raised eggs and meats you can find.
Whole Foods | Sacramento, Roseville + Folsom
Whole Foods needs no introduction. With locations all throughout the country, it’s likely you’ve stepped into this health food empire at one point or another. We are lucky to have three locations in the area, in the heart of Sacramento, in Roseville, and in Folsom. The standards for sourcing products at Whole Foods are second to none, and that of course includes eggs, meat, and poultry.
All locally sourced items will be clearly labeled as “local” so you can easily shop local while at any Whole Foods location. And beyond labels like free range, pasture raised, local or heritage, their intense animal-welfare standards apply to everything in their meat department, so you can shop with the utmost confidence.
Sprouts | Sacramento, Elk Grove + Citrus Heights
Here’s another larger corporation with a hyper-local focus. Sprouts has four locations throughout the region, including a brand new store in Town & Country Village in the Arden-Arcade area. This natural and organic grocery store serves everything you’ll need to stock your pantry and fridge, including produce, bulk food, packaged food, deli food, and a wide selection of meats and seafood. Sprouts focuses on local as much as possible, which is easier in areas that are agriculturally rich year-round (that certainly includes Sacramento!).
Plus, Sprouts has beer and wine, premium meats and cheeses, fresh sushi, a juice bar, a salad and sandwich bar, and much more. The prices at Sprouts are quite competitive, so you won’t have to trade in savings for farm-fresh goodness.
Where do you stock up on local eggs and meat?
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