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Quality meat direct from farmers - where to get in/around Calgary?

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Planet2 Jan 20, 2012 01:46 PM

Hi everyone,

For a longest time I've been trying to procure reliable food sources for my family in Calgary which would:

1) be free range and heritage in nature - no soy in the feed, no weird experiments with coconut and milk protein stuff

2) no hormones, antibiotics, etc.

I am interested in pork, chicken, fish and eggs.

Please don't send me to farmers' markets and organic food stores - the pricing is unsustainable and some products are the outcome of soy feeding anyway.

However, the names of actual farmers/farms (including Mennonite/Hutterite) that raise pigs and chicken in accordance with the above requirements would be very much appreciated!

Thanks a lot in advance!

  1. p
    Planet2 Jan 29, 2012 08:36 PM

    I do apologize for not thanking everyone sooner - thanks a lot for the useful links and information! I will do my research and select the vendors shortly.

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      a_s_mackay Jan 31, 2012 08:27 AM

      Grazin’ Acres TWO HILLS
      natural lamb, pork, beef & certified organic poultry, eggs
      John & Helene De Boer
      1-888-657-2001

      I've never ordered direct, but their products are available at the Dutch Treats store in Braeside. http://dutchtreatsfarmmeats.com/about...

      1. re: a_s_mackay
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        a_s_mackay Jan 31, 2012 08:33 AM

        And you might find this website useful too.
        http://slowfoodcalgary.ca/directory/

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      slingshotz Jan 24, 2012 08:30 AM

      Ravenwood farm for pork. They have incredible Berkshire heritage pork and partner up with other like minded farmers. Located in Caroline and they come down here in the summer to the markets in Calgary but also deliver to Calgary on certain days.

      I go up to Caroline fishing every couple months and load up on the meat from their butcher shop.

      http://www.ravenwoodranch.com/

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        beggsy Jan 23, 2012 12:39 PM

        Bowden Farms for Chicken.. they deliver free with a minimum order
        http://www.bowdenfarmfreshchicken.com/

        1. ptincalgary Jan 22, 2012 12:26 PM

          Try this website. It is sponsored by the Government of Alberta.

          http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app68/dine...

          Then contact me if you are seeking to split on on any pork, chicken, or beef

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            Richmond Green Jan 22, 2012 11:56 AM

            Here's a few options for pork that hit most of your requirements. They'll be a bit of a drive from the looks of things, but do offer heritage breeds. If anyone knows of anything closer, I'd be curious to know.

            http://www.broekporkacres.com/ - located near Coalhurst

            http://www.irvingsfarmfresh.com/index.htm - located near Camrose

            http://tkranch.com - not really near anything, but looks like they will deliver to Calgary

            1. TSAW Jan 20, 2012 07:35 PM

              I like Country Lane Farms for chicken. I believe (?) it meets your requirements. But check it out online for yourself. The chicken is large, juicy and delicious, at an affordable price. You pick up your pre-order from their refrigerated truck in different communities. It's sold fresh, in various cuts. They do source other meat but I can't speak for the other products.

              Eagle Creek Farms has a Heritage egg share offer, but I haven't purchased any. Some where to investigate anyway?

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