For all of our valued customers in the greater Bay Area, the Sacramento region, and the San Joaquin Valley… We are changing our home delivery schedule from every Tuesday to every Saturday, starting this Saturday, June 15th!

About Us

THE BEGINNING

Bob Reeder, original owner of the property now know as Our Lady's Ranch. With Phil, Tyler, and Zachary Zeiter. Cira 2000.

The original owner of Our Lady's Ranch, Bob Reeder, with Phil, Tyler (age 3), and Zachary (age 2) Zeiter.

After working internationally in Architecture and Real-Estate Development for many years, Philip Zeiter longed to remove himself and his wife from the fast pace of big business in order to homestead a parcel of land and begin a simpler family lifestyle.

The young couple desired to raise their children in a peaceful, healthy environment while developing the land into a spiritual retreat site where other families could visit in order to enjoy special family time together within the peaceful realm of God’s creation. 

After three years of investigating areas, reviewing countless properties, and engaging dozens of realtors, they just couldn’t find that peaceful place that satisfied their criteria. But soon thereafter, as the century turned into the year 2000, a very kind, elderly gentleman named Bob Reeder showed them a 173 acre parcel of land in Grass Valley, California and said, “I’m not planning on selling it – but if I find a family that loves it as much as me, I just might.”

Well, he found that family and just couldn’t resist the charm of those first two children, who now continue to work and care for the property…

THE BUSINESS

The Zeiter Family working the Farmer's Market booth for Family Friendly Farms in Grass Valley, CA

The Zeiter Family working the Farmer's Market in Grass Valley together. All seven kids help behind the booth: Tyler, Zachary, Christia, Alisandra, Joseph, Michael, and Mariana.

By the time we started construction on the main House for our family (four years later) we enjoyed growing some healthy vegetables and fruits along with starting a massive livestock operation of two cows.☺

Well, two cows turned into four, then eight, sixteen and thirty-two. And meanwhile, our little family went from four to seven to nine. As the children began to grow bigger, we became more concerned about providing healthy food for them, but couldn’t really find much, so we decided to grow it ourselves.

As we increased our ranching/farming experience and improved our livestock operations, the finish products continued to become more tender and tasty. Then our friends began to request more and more meat until finally they started suggesting that we open up sales at the local Farmers’ Market. 

So we procured the necessary licenses, including a cooking license so we could have a barbeque next to our sales booth for prospective customers to sample the meat. And that was the best part of our farmer’s market booth – watching those unsuspecting folks put that first bite of good ol’ fashioned real beef in their mouth. Their whole face would light up with an excited smile and then the conversation would begin –

“How? What? Just… Wow! – Okay, what should we get for dinner tonight? Do you sell in bulk?”

And thank goodness for all those continuing encouragements like, “Thank you for doing this!”  “We want to support local Ag,” and “Your kids are so amazing.” 

THE PRESENT

The seven Zeiter kids of Family Friendly Farms at Our Lady's Ranch in Grass Valley, CA.

Today, Family Friendly Farms has grown into a vibrant community of young people who love to farm and are dedicated to bringing healthy food and peaceful living to others.

This family-farming community became all the more necessary as the seven kids grew up and went off to college, and especially when mom passed away in 2020.

Tyler and Zachary have now come around full circle, while bringing kids of their own with them! Phil Zeiter is still leading Family Friendly Farms and steering it into a bright future with his newly-wed wife, Karen.

In this new season, we have further developed our products and customer services, continually seeking to improve them for those who have supported us from the very beginning to those just discovering us for the first time. We believe that it's important to know where your food is coming from, and also who's growing it for you!

Meet Your Farmers...

Phil Zeiter of Family Friendly Farms

Phil Zeiter, Business Manager

Phil's entrepreneurial spirit took him from his own architecture firm to running a ranch with seven kids.

Now that his 14 hour workdays have slowed down a little, he spends his time managing the overall business in between visiting his kids around the country.

In addition, his latest passion is helping interested people learn how to Homestead.

 

Karen Marmol of Family Friendly Farms

Karen Zeiter, Business Development

From high school homecoming queen who graduated college (at the age of 20) with a degree in industrial engineering, and the mother of two beautiful daughters, to becoming a business executive and then an international distributor of fine wines, Karen has done it all - almost. 

Today, she works alongside Phil, to help launch FFF into the next season of healthy eating and wholesome living.

 

Tyler Straight of Family Friendly Farms

Tyler Straight, Design & Marketing

Ty (Zeiter) was a super shy little girl until she began working behind the Farmer's Market booth at age 13 for Family Friendly Farms with the rest of her family. Since then, she has turned into an entrepreneur with the hard-working spirit of her parents.

Today, she lives in Texas with her husband and their daughter, working remotely to keep FFF on track with the modern times. In addition, she runs her own brand and web design studio, called Straight Creative.

 

Zachary Zeiter of Family Friendly Farms

Zachary Zeiter, Operations Manager

When you grow up on a ranch you learn hard work and responsibility at a very young age. Starting in middle school, Zach was working the same hours as a grown man. In high school he knew more life skills than most people do twice his age. 

After a brief time away for college and marriage, he's back at Our Lady's Ranch with his wife and daughter, living in the original Cottage the Zeiter's first moved into back in 2004.

THE FUTURE

The future is exciting as we look to expand our operations by opening our own butcher shop. Not only will it allow us to butcher our own animals in the most clean and humane way possible, but we will be expanding to over 100 products along with specialty packaging for our customers.

We find it quite interesting that as we live in peace and share it with others, most retreat activities and family visits here now revolve around farming and food – the one common element that unites all ages, cultures, and religions. Food is usually at the center of our holidays, festivals, and gatherings, so we really enjoy helping you all center your special family events around the love and peace that is poured into every morsel of food from our Family Friendly Farm.

Thank you for your continuing love and support.

Blessings and Peace to You,

The Zeiter Family and Friends

Family Friendly Farms: Faith, Family, Farming

SHOP OUR FARM

Grass-Fed Beef, Pasture-Raised Pork, Meadow-Grass Lamb, & Free-Range Chicken