Things are definitely feeling like spring around here. Meaning deliveries from our suppliers keep arriving with new types of produce. Meaning the kitchen in like a sparking motherboard of ideas. Meaning the menu is like that magic trick where the magician keeps pulling more and more incredible stuff out of his top hat: fava greens, lettuces, young carrots, asparagus, artichokes, strawberries, and just when you think there can’t possibly be anything more in that hat, Chef Canales (who is the magician in this extended metaphor) busts out some house-made goat’s milk ricotta ravioli served with first-of-spring English peas from Catalan Farms. On the menu starting tonight.
Willis and Priscilla Jones
Willis started raising rabbits in San Mateo in a friend’s backyard. Willis’ grandfather raised rabbits, so it is part of his family tradition. When he retired, he moved to Santa Rosa. In 1981, the man who processed Willis’ rabbits abruptly went out of business, leaving Willis with 300 rabbits he needed to bring to market. So, he decided to start his own plant.
March – June the rabbits do well and breed. In the heat of summer (July – August) and the cold of winter (November – February) the rabbits do not breed well.
Why are you in raising rabbits? Philosophy/Principles
Willis and Priscilla both enjoy being around animals even though they are demanding and take a lot of care and attention.
The Jones raise the California White breed which are known for their bulk and meat. Each rabbit has its own pen. Four licensed meat inspectors work at their processing plant, bringing a great deal of knowledge and experience to the work at the plant. They are the only Californian rabbit processing plant north of San Francisco.
Length of Relationship with Oliveto
2 acres in Santa Rosa
They own and operate a meat processing plant where they slaughter rabbits and poultry on Saturdays. Secondary business: Raising rabbits
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