Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the beef come from?
We only sell beef from animals raised here on the farm. Our beef herd is in the 5th generation and well established to our soil and the grass-fed diet.
What are the animals finished with?
They finish on grass and occasionally we feed cull potatoes or carrots. We never feed grain or any silage (fermented grass or corn). This gives the meat a superior quality and flavour and also allows the animals to age at their natural pace.
What’s the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed?
Grass-fed beef is naturally leaner than grain-fed. Omega 3’s in beef that feed on grass is 7% of the total fat content compared to 1% in grain-only fed beef. Grass-fed beef has the recommended ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats (3:1).
Grass-fed beef is loaded with other natural minerals and vitamins and it’s a great source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which is a fat that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immune disorders.
Grass-fed animals are allowed to mature at a natural pace and are therefore a few months older at slaughter time compared to hormone treated grain-fed animals. This adds to the cost of production.
Is the meat fresh or frozen?
Our meat is flash-frozen at the butcher shop right after cutting. This means a higher quality product. Large quantities of slow freezing in home freezers cause more of the meat fibres to rupture due to the formation of large ice crystals. This means more juices are lost when the meat is thawed. The fresh look of meat on grocery shelves is often the result of chemical treatment or the use of dye such as E127 Red # 3 (erythrosine made from coal tar) to survive the long haul from distant places.
When are potatoes available?
Potatoes are available approximately from September to April.
Is the farm store open all year round?
YES! We are open all year round to serve you.