"Our family-run farm has been providing quality meat to our community for 150 years."

All-Natural grass fed cattle free of additives, chemicals, antibiotics, and growth hormones.

Our Purpose

mother_calf100% Grass-fed Beef

  • Our beef have no hormones
  • No antibiotics
  • No feed additives
  • No assembly line
  • Most importantly, they are raised on a local family farm by experienced and knowledgeable cattlemen and women.

Our objective is to provide natural ranch raised beef, “the kind that our families have thrived on for 5 generations.” All of our cattle are born on the prairies of South Thurston County in the spring and range free on our acreage.

Our Practices


Healthy Pastures

We believe in being responsible stewards of the land and using sustainable, humane methods. Our sustainable methods include “rotational grazing” along the lush meadows of the Deschutes River, which not only allows us to maintain healthy pastures but also allows our cattle to graze on the most nutrient rich part of the grass

Farm Events

Summer Fun on Nelson Ranch

and Local Gourmet Dinner

Saturday, August 25th

Our Farm Event on August 25th will take you back in time and give you a once in a lifetime experience. It will be fun for the entire family. Please bring your children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors.

2:00-4:30 Open House

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to experience life on the farm.
Includes farm tours, horse-drawn hayrides, heritage displays and more.

5:00-7:00 4-Course Chef-prepared Meal with Wine Pairings

Tickets for this dinner are: $75/person- Includes Dinner and Paired Wine Tastings
Please contact jill@nelsonranch.com if you’re interested in purchasing tickets for this optional event.


Open House Activities from 2:00-4:30

• Purchase Nelson Ranch Beef
• Horse Drawn Hayrides
• Vineyard Tours
• Witness the Devastation from our May Storm
• Walk through our Recently Restored Granary
• Check out old Equipment once used on the Farm
• Blacksmith Demonstration
• Watch a herding demonstration by Fido’s Farm
• Learn about our Forest Practices and Conservation Projects
• Information about our Family History
• Try your hand at lassoing
• Hand press your own Cider
• Heritage Displays


Tickets are Already Selling Fast for Dinner

Join us for our annual Nelson Ranch Farm Dinner from 5:00-7:00. This four-course meal is a labor of love prepared by friends and family, headed up by Chef Karen Nelson. We feature Nelson Ranch beef and locally sourced produce from Calliope Farms and wine pairings from Stottle Winery for each course.

Anticucho-Peruvian Style Beef Heart Skewers
Empanadas-with Beef Liver
Lengua Tacos

Mixed Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette
Sourdough Bread from the Bread Peddler
Flower and Herb Compound Butter

Beef Kebabs with Chimichurri
Quinoa and Farro Salad with Pickled Fennel
Grilled Seasonal Vegetables from Calliope Farm

Apple Curd Tarts
Tennessee Jam Cakes

Don’t miss out on this delicious meal. For this private event, you must be a ticket holder to attend. We only have a few tickets left so please make your reservation today by emailing jill@nelsonranch.com

* *Vegetarian entrée available for those who request one when purchasing a ticket


Chef Bio:

Karen Nelson, chef, caterer, and educator, is part of the 5th Generation of the Nelson family. A graduate of the Seattle Culinary Academy, she’s worked at many of Seattle’s best restaurants, including The Corson Building, Bar Sajor, Lark, The London Plane, Harvest Vine, and Hitchcox Deli. Karen also worked with the FareStart team. Fare Start provides job placement and training to disadvantaged people in the Seattle area. Karen was one of the catering instructors. She currently a part of catering team led by Traci Post, and she has started her own catering company. Karen works with local Puget Sound area chefs to provide food education and special events.

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