Stemple Creek Ranch | Grass Fed Beef and Lamb in Marin County

About Us

The Poncia family has lived and run a family ranch on the same ranch site for over 100 years in Tomales, a scenic drive north of San Francisco on Highway 1. Angelo Poncia, our family's first immigrant to the United States from Italy, settled here in 1902.

Today, Angelo’s grandson and great-grandson, Loren Poncia, still operate our family’s cattle ranch raising all natural, grass-fed beef and lamb. We are proud of our family ranching history and of the ranch that we have stewarded for the past 100+ years. The land is an extension of our family, with Stemple Creek winding through the rolling hills and emptying into the Pacific Ocean just a few miles west of our home.

Location Matters

Our main ranch is located just off Highway 1 in Marin County, just a few miles away from the Pacific Ocean.  We also graze cattle on other pastures in Marin and Sonoma Counties and further up the coast in Humbolt County.

We think our location helps to make our meat special because the cool climate keeps our animals comfortable and happy, and the salty ocean air and prolific grass gives the meat a wonderful terroir or coast flavor.

Popular Questions

Are your animals completely grass fed?

Yes, our animals are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished. They do not eat any grain, soy, or other feed.

Is your meat certified organic?

Most of our cows and pastures are certified organic by Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA).  However, the harvesting facility we use and some of the butcher shops we use are not certified organic, so the finished product of our meat cannot be labeled "organic."  The meat that we sell at the Whole Foods stores is labeled as "organic" because the beef is processed completely at certified organic facilities.

What type of cattle do you have?

The majority of our herd is black angus.  A few of our bulls are crossbreeds.

When are the cows born and when are they harvested?

We have both Fall and Spring calving animals in our herd, so we have some calves that are born in the Fall and some calves that are born in the Spring of each year.  The calves are raised and then harvested between 22-28 months old.