Stepladder Ranch was founded in 1871 and has been family-owned and operated for three generations. In addition to our farmstead creamery, we raise a number of breeds of heritage pigs for pork, black angus for beef, and grow Hass avocados, a wide variety of citrus and rare subtropical fruits. Our pork and beef is available through Larder Meat Co and at our farmers markets.
Our creamery is simply an old idea reimagined. About 100 years ago, our ranch was a part of the Harmony Valley Creamery Association, a network of immigrant Swiss and Italian dairy farmers that grazed cattle on the lush coastal valleys of San Luis Obispo County. This Association was born out of a drought that forced ranchers to rethink how to make a living off of their land; a concept quite similar to the current situation we find ourselves in today.