There's nothing more important than the relationship between the butcher and the farmer. Minimal travel times, family connections, and a passion for quality and humane farming practices are what make the relationship between Prinzen & Sons farm and Townsend Butchers so special. The relationship between these two Ontario operations are paving the way and acting as an example for how small sustainable farming can be the future for feeding the province's population.
Finding certified, wild caught, properly packaged fish that bypasses China and comes directly into Ontario is a challenge. So, to get the best of the best, we had to go to the best of the best. Caudle's Catch is not only a family operated Ontario operation, they also specialize in bringing in top quality wild caught fish from all over the world. In the early 1980's Ron Caudle left his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia and headed west to Kitchener-Waterloo to begin a career. Caudle's Catch Seafood imports the best products from around the world, including the United States, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand, and of course Canada.
With such media coverage around New Zealand lamb, people sometimes forget that Ontario lamb is regarded as some of the best in the world. Beverly Creek Farms in Millgrove Ontario is on a mission to prove that a small family run operation can help put Ontario lamb back on the map.
"We care about our animals, keeping them safe from wild predators and sickness while still providing the lambs a free run environment, feeding them only a natural vegetarian diet supplemented with natural vitamins. Ensuring our lamb is pure and free of hormones and antibiotics is what makes Beverly Creek different from the rest" - Beverly Creek Farms
A lot of factors go into getting the best Ontario raised, antibiotic free beef, and West Grey has nailed them all. With old school farming practices on land that have been in the family since the 1860's, West Grey's commitment to raising and sourcing top quality, humanely treated Ontario beef is apparent in everything from taste, to packaging.
"Lori and Rob started out farming simply to grow their own food. As each season passed, they had more and more friends and family members stopping by to see what they had for sale. After years of trying to find a balance between their full-time jobs and farming, they decided to just go for it... And Hidden Root Farms was born!"
It is easy to appreciate why Lori and Rob's way of raising chickens is so special and unique. A passion for raising their own food was Lori and Rob’s main reasoning for becoming Artisanal chicken farmers and they truly embody that passion with everything they do day-to-day on their farm. Raising chickens only during the spring and summer months, Hidden Root Farms does not use any antibiotics, animal or human grade, at anytime during the growing cycle of their chickens. Being Artisanal chicken farmers, they are very hands-on and personal with their chickens, they raise their chickens in small flocks, with free access to outdoors every day.
We are excited to introduce Hidden Root Farms as our Featured Farm. Being a small Artisanal farm, their awesome products will be available while supplies last.
When it came time to find the best possible chicken from small Ontario family farms, we turned to Burlington’s very own DeBoer’s Poultry for help. Local Ontario farms, free run, air-chilled, and antibiotic free we're the commitments we made when it came to sourcing chicken. Supporting a network of over 40 different family run Ontario farms, DeBoer’s was able to make it happen. DeBoer’s has been packaging chicken for over 25 years, and we’re happy to have partnered with them to give you access to this exclusive line of clean, humanely treated, Ontario raised products.