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Womach Ranch-What Free Range Ought To Be

For those of you who have seen Food Inc. you have no doubt longed for your own version of Joel Salatin’s PolyFace Farm right here in San Diego. Well we have found it in Curtis Womach who is based in Julian and runs Womach Ranch. Womach Ranch chickens are what we have always idealized our grocery store chickens to be, actually “free range”. Their diet consists of grass, organic feed and whatever tasty bugs they can scratch up.

You can find these chickens for sale at the Hillcrest Farmers Market every Sunday from 9am-12pm, but get there early, Curtis tells me they usually sell out before noon. For those of you who aren’t early birds you can sample his fare at the always-delicious Linkery.


  1. Sylvana says:


  2. Rachel says:

    Sounds really good! We don't have anything affordable around here, but I'm really looking forward to our next project of raising meat birds.

  3. Curbstone Valley Farm says:

    Alas, I wish ours could be 100% free range. If they were, I think we'd only have them for 24 hours as the predators here far outnumber the chickens. Our girls do range though, and love it, it just requires someone to watch them while they're out. Otherwise they have their secure run so they can still be out during the day, but not become a tasty coyote snack!

  4. JT says:

    Yeah our girls require a babysitter as well, no coyotes in this urban yard but the dogs have already proven themselves to be worthy adversaries.