Connecting You to the Source.
Meet some of our Ontario suppliers.
Meet some of our Ontario suppliers.
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.
A lot of factors go into getting the best Ontario raised 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.
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.
Meet Aaron, Ben and George MacDonald, the people behind our 100% grass-fed Ontario beef. They are the owners of Heritage Cattle Company, a family farm operating in Keene, Ontario in the beautiful farmland south of Peterborough. They believe in the quality of product and quality of life, tracing every animal on the farm from start to finish to ensure healthy, fresh, natural beef. In their words, "Our reputation is on the line, so we not only eat what we sell, but ensure that the same quality beef we want to eat is the same quality beef that we sell. Grass fed beef requires lots of good pasture, fences, and dedicated farmers; this is what we do best."
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.
The 3Gen Organics farm has been in their family for five generations, and all aspects of the farming operation are owned by three generations of the Israel family. They operate 540 acres of organic cropland, raising Certified Organic pigs. Their pigs have outdoor access and plenty of space to roam around and do what pigs do best. The pigs are raised on an all organic, chemical/GMO-free diet, resulting in an incredible quality of pork.
Wondering where we get our delicious water buffalo sausages and ground water buffalo from? Introducing Karen and Andy from Majestic Water Buffalo. They have been breeding water buffalo on their small family farm since 2015 in the Township of Erin, Ontario, Canada. They realize these days consumers want to know more about their food and where it comes from so they are always happy to share what they've learned along the way. Their water buffalo are raised to the highest standards of animal welfare on their 97-acre farm alongside Angus cattle. We're excited to have Majestic Water Buffalo on board as one of our latest suppliers of truLOCAL Ontario!
Farming is a family business – at least, that’s the case for Cory Van Gronigen. Passed down through the generations from the 1970’s to present day, Cory raises his chickens on pasture on a lush hilltop farm in Cayuga, Ontario. The chickens are raised completely outdoors, with access to huts to protect from predators – the chickens are never raised in barns. He is focused on implementing regenerative agriculture processes on their farms to improve the water cycle, improve mineral cycling, increase biodiversity, and enhance energy flow, developing a holistic system that mutually benefits farmers, animals, and the land.