Five Marys Farms

Siskiyou County, California, United States

Mary and Brian Heffernan like to do things as a family, and that includes ranching ethical meat. Together with their four daughters (also named Mary after grandmothers and aunts on both sides of the family), the Heffernans run Five Marys Farms in Siskiyou County.

To operate a real family business, they do as much as they can themselves. When it comes to certifications, the Heffernans believe in actions, not labels. The cattle, sheep, and hogs raised on the farm spend their entire lives roaming freely and munching California grasses. Rotational grazing protects the land, and the family respects the animals from birth to processing. The result is consistently delicious and tender meats. Five Marys Farms old-world butchery method means only one animal is dealt with at a time, and all of their products undergo a 21 to 28-day dry-aging process.

Mary is passionate about good food, and so the family also runs the Five Marys Burgerhouse and has also released a cookbook with all of Mary’s favorite recipes. Looking to spread their love for farming and eating fine quality meats, the M5 ranch school teaches children various age-old and modern-day ranching skills. The best part? Their mouth-watering products are shipped directly to your door.   

Doing things the old-fashioned way.

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Catherine Sherriffs

Editor at Garden Culture Magazine

Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her three young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.