What is so special about organic meat?
Meat that is certified organic is free of any chemical additives, hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives. But it is much more than that! The organic certification process looks at every aspect of the animal’s life: how much space they have to move around, how clean they are, where they drink, what they eat, and where their food comes from… just to name a few. Organic meat is the final link in a chain of organic certification, beginning with the seed that grows the crop that the animal eats.
The finished product is special because everything about the animal’s life is carefully monitored and protected, and we believe that good food comes from good, healthy, happy animals. You can taste the difference!
Why is organic meat more expensive?
A better question would be “why is grocery store meat cheaper?”
Most of the meat you buy comes from gigantic facilities designed to keep costs at a minimum. In some cases, the animals, and the quality of the finished product suffer because of these cost-cutting strategies.
Animals raised according to Organic standards have a higher quality of life, are cleaner and healthier, and the difference is truly noticeable – both when you see how they live and when you taste the meat. You will see our calves running and jumping, a luxury that feedlot cattle simply don’t have. Our pigs get exercise and have plenty of room to dig, root, and roll in the mud. Even the chickens get a healthy supply of grubs, worms, bugs and roots while the chicken tractors are pulled across the field a little bit each day.
Our methods are “people intensive” – that is, they take time and physical work done each day. While it’s true that this is not as efficient or cost-effective as the big producers, we believe that this results in a better product in the end – animals that have been carefully and humanely raised by a real person who was with them each and every day. We know that you will taste the difference!
Is the web store the best way to order?
Yes and no. If you have a complicated order, need something that is not listed or need something by a certain time, it might be better to contact us by email instead.
What if I want to make changes to my order?
How long will it take to get my order?
We usually deliver when all of your order is ready, so it depends on what you ordered. Here are some approximate turnaround times:
- Quarters of Beef and Sides of Pork: About a month
- Out of stock or popular items (like bacon): Two weeks to a month
- In-stock regular items: One week
Can I be notified when you’re coming to my area?
Do you deliver to <insert my town here>?
We are located in southern Bruce County, Ontario. Areas we deliver to regularly are:
- Lake Huron shore/Bruce Peninsula/Owen Sound: Every 2 weeks
- Walkerton, Hanover, South Bruce and Grey: Every week
- Collingwood and Blue Mountains: Once a month
- London: Once a month
- Kitchener/Waterloo/Guelph/Cambridge: Once a month
- Brampton/Mississauga/Oakville/Toronto: Every two months
Don’t see your town? Contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. We often meet people half way, or arrange for pickup at our farm.
Can I pick up my order at the farm?
Because we are a working/operating farm, our facility is not conducive to visitors. In other words – it’s messy. We prefer to deliver if you live nearby, but we do sometimes make arrangements for pickup. Contact us if that’s what you would like to do and we will try to accommodate you!
Are your beef cows grain finished?
This refers to the practice of feeding cattle hay and grass for most of their life and “finishing” by feeding them grain prior to butchering.
No, our cows are 100% grass-fed from weaning until they are butchered. We are very happy with the results and the fat content in our beef, and we know you will be as well.
Are your chickens free-range?
Our chickens are raised indoors until about 6 weeks and then they are moved into movable pens that house 60-70 birds each. They have plenty of room to run around and are fed grain and provided with water. Every morning and night we move the pens so that they receive new grass to eat.