One of my all-’round favorite food people I met in the course of researching The United States of Arugula is Bill Niman, the schoolteacher turned rancher. You might have heard or read that Niman no longer runs the beef-and-pork company that bears his name. But he continues to live and work at the original ranch in Bolinas, California. And he’s not just raising goats, as has been reported, but turkeys, too. This photo was taken by Niman’s wife, Nicolette. None of the turkeys here, to my knowledge, received politically opportunistic pardons.
This is just Niman’s first year raising turkeys, so they don’t have wide distribution, but keep an eye out for them for future Thanksgivings, under the BN Ranch name.