In 1854, our great-great grandfather Adolph Gericke opened the first
butcher shop in the newly settled Petaluma,
California. Born in Hannover, Germany in 1832, Adolph traveled to America in 1853 where he soon purchased the 300-acre ranch which was then part of the Blucher Rancho north of Tomales. Adolph married Ellen Fallon, an Irish immigrant, in 1858. Ellen's father, James Fallon, established the small hamlet of Fallon only a stone's throw from our ranch. At one time, Fallon boasted a train station and post office, acting as a small hub of industry on the busy coastal California train line.
Now, over 150
years later, our family is once again selling ranch-raised meats in the
North Bay just as Adolph Gericke had done.
the beginning, our family has raised sheep and cattle for meat,
raised chickens for eggs, milked dairy and harvested apples, pears,
berries and vegetables from our ranch, orchards and fields. For our
generation--the fifth raised on the Maloney Ranch--our project started
anew in 1981 with a small 4-H market and breeding flock of lambs, that
has since grown to provide the foundation for our new business as well
as continuing on in exhibition with the youngest generation of the
Led by siblings Shannon, Kevin and Brian, Fallon Hills is the result of
their ranch upbringing, wide-ranging talents and common passions for family,
food and the environment.