Victorian Farmstead 
Weekly(ish) Update  
February 7th, 2014
This Weeks

Pork Scallopini
10% Off


Ground Veal
10% Off
Steak O' The Week
New York Strip
10% Off



Chop Shop

is now open at Community Market!


Sebastopol Ave. Sebastopol  


 7 Days a Week

10am to 7pm







Serramonte Center Farmers Market, 

Daly City







Sonoma Depot Farmers Market







Saratoga Farmers Market at West Valley College


9am - 1pm


Santa Rosa

Vets Memorial


8:30am - 1pm 





Farmers Market





The Chop Shop 

is at:


 6762 Sebastopol Ave. on Hwy 12 in Sebastopol


Join Our Mailing List



Help Thy Neighbor

This plea, coming on the heels of last week's early April Fools post, needs to be taken very seriously. I'm asking for your help on behalf of a high school class mate. Alex Porrata was a few years behind me in school. I don't really remember her well and I haven't seen her since. None of that really matters now. She is being put through a series of tests of courage and character that will make you question everything you know to be true. I will include some links below for a more detailed account, but here are the basics. 
Alex is married to Ron and they have two kids, 6 year old Yolanda and 4 year old Ezequiel (aka EZ or Zeke). In January, the family was devastated to find out that EZ had a rare form of cancer and it was Stage 4. EZ went in for his first round of treatment, and after several days was finally home with his family to recover and get ready for the next round. A few days later, February 2nd, his dad (42) passed away in his sleep of apparent cardiac arrest. 
Sorry for the blunt description of events, but I can't put a witty or clever spin on this. It is a situation that I can't imagine, and that's coming from someone who has lost a child to a rare disease. You can't prepare, even when you are given time. And to have your world crushed overnight is to much to comprehend. So, as I would expect, the West Marin community I grew up in is rallying in epic ways. There are auctions, benefits, offers of meals, transportation, child care and even a yoga and meditation benefit! All that is great, but I need to use my place in the world to do some good in my circle of influence. That's YOU!
Victorian Farmstead has partnered with Tara Firma Farms and BN Ranch to raise money for this family in a way that EVERYONE can participate in. VF and TF are each putting 100 one pound packs of ground beef up for sale for $20 each. BN Ranch is adding in in 100 one pound packs of ground turkey! 100% of this money will go to Alex and her kids. You can buy these at our butcher shop or any of our farmers markets starting Saturday, February 8th. Ground turkey will be available the following week. If you want to help and we are either sold out or you would like turkey, we will give you an IOU card for your $20 this weekend. All you have to do is ask for a pound of ground for Alex.
I can't make it any easier. Find $20. Clean out your ash tray and couch cushions. Don't have $20??? Donate what you can. Have a lot of $20 bills??? Donate and leave the ground beef for us to sell to someone else. Live too far away??? Mail a check. I will ship the beef. I have the most loyal followers in the history of the meat business (???) and I'm using my "ask" for this family. Please.

Meet the Rossotti's!

There's just is no good segue from the article above, with the exception that Julie Rossotti grew up with Alex. I think she is OK playing second fiddle here, even if it is her Victorian Farmstead debut. We are really excited to have Rossotti Ranch Veal as a new addition to our family of ranchers. Veal has been the source of much and well deserved controversy over the years. All that has been put to rest by this 4th generation Petaluma ranching family. Julie and Tony Rossotti are raising veal the only way we would support. The veal are raised on their birth mothers and are outside on West Sonoma and Marin pasture. They are fed their mothers milk, pasture and fresh water, nothing else. And they are harvested at the same age as we harvest our pigs and lambs. We are proud to offer Veal Chops, Porterhouse, Scallopini, Osso Buco, Cuttlets, Stew and Ground. We can't wait to have you try it!

                          Like us on Facebook


Happy Eating!
Adam & Laura

Serving Suggestions


Julie's Veal Scaloppini with

Picatta Sauce

4 - 5oz veal cutlets

salt & pepper 

1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme

1/4 cup flour

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 lemon

2 tablespoons rinsed capers

1 tomato seeded and diced

1 tablespoon minced parsley

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup white wine 

  1. Using a meat mallet, pound the veal cutlets to about 3/8 inch.
  2. Season the veal with salt & pepper, thyme and dust with the flour.
  3. Heat the oil in a saute pan to medium heat. Saute each side no more than 30 seconds or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place on a serving dish.
  4. Return saute pan to the heat. Deglaze the pan with the wine and whisk to lift up the bit in the bottom of the pan. Reduce the wine by half. Finish the sauce by whisking in the butter in three batches. Make sure not to let the sauce boil.
  5. Add the capers, parsley and tomatoes as a garnish in the sauce. Taste for seasoning, then adjust with lemon, salt & pepper.
  6. Drizzle sauce over veal cutlets and serve warm.

VF Box Subscriptions 



As we are in a constant state of flux in many aspects of our business, the VF Subscription Box is also in such a state. We are working on some new kinds of boxes, including a value box comprised of ground and roasts, and a premium box that is mostly steaks, chops, and a little ground. If you have an idea for a type of box, we would love to hear it! Email Adam with any suggestions, comments or experiences with other farms meat CSA. In the meantime, we still have our VF Subscription Boxes, the VF Custom Box, and the Chick-A-Week Subscriptions available. Get all the details here.



We are asked from time to time if we offer a shorter trial subscription, so you can see if it is a good fit for your family. While we don't offer a trial subscription, we do offer a
Trial Box. Next time you stop in at the farm or see us at a farmers market, simply ask for a trial box. We will put together a sample box for you and you get 10% off the retail prices! This is a great way to see what amount of meat your family goes through over two weeks or a month and save some money in the process.



Much More Info Available At www.vicfarmmeats.com