Knowing who, how and where your food was raised is an important part of reconnecting with your food. We have all heard of the child who thought meat and milk comes from a supermarket or that brown cows produced chocolate milk. Although these stories may seem far fetched the disconnect from the realities of farming and the consumer are very real and are not confined just to children. This is one of the reasons that we love marketing directly to the consumer. We can do our best to bridge the divide between the realities of feeding your family and the farm that grew what you are eating.
We are a small family farm and our farm is near Armena, Alberta about 1 hour southeast of Edmonton and about 3 hours northeast of Calgary. We raise our certified organic chickens, turkeys, pigs, laying hens and cattle here on the farm. Our meat is also cut, packaged and also turned into our wonderful organic sausages and deli meats in our on farm government inspected processing facility. Our land has been certified organic since 1997 and our animals certified humane through the BC SPCA since 2005. Previous to this we were certified through the Manitoba Humane Society.
From our very first flock, in the late spring, summer and early fall, all of chickens and hens are raised in movable shelters that are moved every day onto fresh grass. In the winter they are raised inside warm barns on our farm, where they have lots of natural light and room to move around and express natural behaviours. Our pigs are raised outside so that they can bask in the sun and roll in the dirt and mud. Our cattle are 100% grass fed and finished. In the summer they are moved onto fresh grass daily and in the winter are fed certified organic hay and are provided with lots of straw and windbreaks to keep them warm and dry.
Our first farmers market was in 1998 and since then we have been in many different ones throughout Alberta. We love farmers markets as they allow the consumer to meet us, their farmer, and purchase the products directly from us allowing them to know exactly where their food is coming from. We are at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market every weekend and love being there handing out sausage samples and answering your questions. During the spring, summer and fall months we are also at the St Albert Farmers Market and the Southwest Edmonton Farmers Market. Although we can not make it down to the Calgary market at Avenida as often as we would like anymore, we are still proud to be able to provide Calgary with a way to buy directly from the farm. The relationships we have built with our customers are extremely special to us and we love talking to you, being part of your lives and answering your questions. We hope that you feel connected or reconnected to your food by being able to say that you know the farmer who grows your food.
Each labour day Monday in September we invite our customers out to see the farm. They can see how the birds are raised in the winter and the summer and see our cattle in the pasture eating the grass. We love seeing the children looking at the cattle and the chickens and seeing that this is where their food comes from. We do not change anything on this day. If it is a dry year you will see the dust and thin grass. If it is a wet year you will walk in the mud and the wet lush grass. It is a wonderful day rain or shine when you can join with other people who are interested in the way that their food is raised and ask questions directly to the people who raise your food. Information on how to register will be posted at the beginning of August.
Ron, Sheila and Isaac
Although we do not have a farm store here on the farm you can still buy directly from us at several locations throughout Alberta. Some of these locations are farmers markets, some are our own retail locations and others are places where we have partnered with other local stores to bring you our products.
In Calgary you can purchase our products at Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market. Open Thursday to Sunday 11am to 8am.
In Edmonton you can purchase from us at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8am to 3pm.
Our Meat Shop on Whyte Ave in Edmonton(located within the Blush Lane Store). This is our own location, operated by us and staffed by our own staff. It is a store within a store.
The Planet Organic on Jasper Ave in Edmonton has their meat counter stocked by us and is manned by our own staff. They are open Monday to Sunday from 8am to 10pm. We also stock the other Edmonton and area Planet Organic Stores.
The Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market will be open every Wednesday 4pm to 7:30pm from May 15th to Thanksgiving.
The St. Albert Farmers’ Market opening Saturday is June 8th and it will be open 10am to 3pm until Thanksgiving.
In Camrose we have partnered with Vinesation Olive Oils and Vinegars to bring you a selection of our most popular products. Vinesations is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturdays 10am to 5pm and is restocked by us every Wednesday around 3:30pm