Hawthorne Ridge Heritage Farm offers fresh frozen meat year round. Our grass-fed beef is raised on our farm and quantities are relatively limited. For this reason, we sell “by the cut” so that you can be selective and can match your purchases to the size of your available freezer space. If you are looking for a larger order we do sell 1/2s and 1/4s on request.
We pasture chickens during the summer months, raising heritage chicks in predator-proof pens that are moved each day, so that the birds have access to fresh grass, bugs and scratching zones. We supplement their diet with a grain-based grower ration to ensure they receive enough calories to feel content. Late in the summer, or early fall we have our birds processed and they are available almost year round as frozen whole birds, averaging between 4 and 6 lbs. Chicken does sell out quickly!
We no longer produce pork or lamb, but are able to secure pasture raised pork and lamb from another local farmer for you. It is available frozen, by the cut or 1/2 or 1/4 on request.
Customers often ask questions about the feed that we use to raise our animals. The cattle are grass-fed from forages that we produce on our own farm and we supplement that with small grains such as oats. We do not feed corn to the cattle. The chickens enjoy a milled grain supplement. Obtaining certified organic feed for them is very challenging and results in a cost-prohibitive product, so we are using non-medicated feeds from our local feed supplier. Our local suppliers of pork and lamb are similarly careful about the products they are using to feed their animals.
All of our meat is processed at Hilt’s Abattoir at Norwood, Ontario. In order for us to be able to sell our meat to you, the law requires processing in a provincially inspected plant and we are fortunate that Hilt’s is local, less than 10 mins away from the farm. This is important for many reasons, including the fact that Hilt’s does a great job for us, and because they are so close to the farm, there is no travel stress for our animals on processing day.
We respect that how animals live and are fed and processed is very important, and we are always available to answer any other questions that you may have.
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