About the Pork Palace
In 1975, the Jones family left their home in Los Angeles and purchased what used to be the Live Oak Dairy, a 40-acre dairy farm 45 miles north of Santa Barbara on Highway 101. Together with their four boys (Bob, Randy, Gordon, and Allan), Sally and George Jones were heavily involved in 4-H, providing pigs for their own fair projects and quality show animals to other kids in the valley.
Over time, the family updated the farm to make room for their growing pig population and bring personality to the Pork Palace. A large Quonset hut that was used for storage has become a farm-style theater. The old milking barn, now covered in unique vintage signage, is the family’s “party barn.” The original 300-foot long barn that once housed cows is now home to several breeds of heritage pigs who are allowed to come and go as they please.
In 1994 Randy and Debbie returned to the farm to continue the tradition of raising quality show, breeding, and meat animals. Today, locals in the Santa Ynez Valley have come to know the Pork Palace as a respected source of heritage breeds of pigs, goats, turkeys and farm fresh eggs. Both Debbie and Randy continue to support the local 4H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) as well as their involvement in Rotary, Vikings of Solvang, The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and other local organizations.
In 2018, Randy partnered with Jennifer and David Bishop to bring locally raised pork, goat, turkeys, 100% grass fed beef and free range eggs to Santa Barbara County. Learn more about purchasing a fair animal or finding us at the farmers markets.
What makes the Pork Palace unique is the family's long-standing passion for natural and sustainable agriculture that does not sacrifice quality and flavor. They also share a passion for preserving the history and heritage of the area by maintaining the farm's historic 47-foot long barn that once housed cows and now is home to numerous breeds of heritage pigs who are allowed to come and go as they choose.
For more stories from the Jones family and the Pork Palace, check out the Spring 2018 edition of the Inside Santa Ynez Valley magazine.