What is Grass Fed Beef?

Grass fed beef should correctly be called pasture fed beef. Our cattle feeds exclusively what grows on pasture an in the winter hay. Regular (grain fed) beef causes faster growth with more fat and water retention. Grain fed cattle is ready for market in about half the time grass fed beef is. That's why grain fed is cheaper.


Does Grass Fed Beef taste different?

Many first time clients tell us that they find the grass fed beef tasting a bit different, more "gamey" and firmer. That is true. Grass fed beef is more natural.


How do you prepare Grass Fed Beef?

Thaw your beef for 2 days in the fridge. If you want to marinate it, plan for at least 6 hours. On the BBQ use the highest heat to grill the beef as fast as possible. 


How can you tell whether an egg is fresh?

Crack an egg into a pan: A fresh egg has a small round yolk and a small raised white.

Check for yourself. Our eggs are as fresh as possible. Often only a few hours old.

 

Why are some egg yolks darker yellow than others?

It depends very much on the food. In the summer our chickens eat a lot of worms, bugs, grasses, and clover. These foods contain a lot of flavonoids, retinoids and carotenoids, natural dyes that make a very dark orange yolk. People often associate dark yolk with better nutrition however the yolk color is not a good indicator for nutrient contents since commercial growers add dyes in the chicken food to produce a very standardized yellow yolk color.

In the winter our chickens eat mainly grains, which have less pigment, therefore the yolk is less dark.

Why are we not certified organic?

Organic certification is quite expensive and requires a lot of bureaucracy. We know what we feed and invite you to check us out. We eat what we produce and only sell what's left over.

Why aren't the eggs refrigerated?

Our eggs are so fresh (usually only 0-2 days old) that they don't need refrigeration.
Here is a good link explaining the nature of fresh eggs:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/York-Region-Environmental-Alliance/108786649195158


How long can eggs store?

In nature, a female bird (hen, partridge, pheasant etc.) lays one egg per day into its nest and leaves the eggs at air temperature until the nest is full. This may take more than a week to complete. Only then does the bird start incubating the eggs. The eggs are designed to stay easily fresh for 14 days in any temperature because the egg shell is coated with a defensive protein barrier inhibiting the penetration of bacteria. Eggs you buy in the grocery store are all washed and the protein coat removed. They must be stored in the fridge to preserve their freshness.

 

Do chickens lay eggs without a rooster around?

Yes, domesticated chickens lay eggs even if they never saw a rooster. We however still keep several roosters, because we like the their wake up call and their patriarchic attitude. Roosters really lead their “harem” and defend them from intruders. Usually one rooster will have 20 hens in the harem. Ours have larger groups because we don’t need the eggs fertilized.

 

Why are some eggs brown and others white?

The color of eggs is determined by the breed of chicken. White chickens like the Leghorn breed lay only pure white eggs. Brown or black chickens lay brown eggs. We once had a breed called “Sussex” . They are basically white but have a few darker feathers around their necks and on the tail. The egg color was creamy white.

 

Why are some eggs large and some small?

The size of eggs changes during the lifetime of the chickens. Young hens start out by laying relatively small eggs. When they are about 8 months old, they lay full size eggs. That’s why we have sometimes small eggs. The young ladies just are getting ready for full production. Some breeds lay larger eggs.

 

Did you ever wonder why chickens lay eggs in the winter too?

Naturally birds lay their eggs only in the spring/ early summer when the season is optimal to raise the young ones. Chickens have been domesticated long enough that they forgot this instinct somewhat. However raising free range chickens, like we do, poses still a problem. Egg production would decline in the winter… if we wouldn’t trick them a little. Research has shown that birds determine the right time for laying eggs based on the amount of daylight hours and not on the weather, temperature, or any other factor. When the days are getting shorter, they stop laying. That’s why we have light in our chicken coops to keep the total amount of light constant at 17 hours per day throughout the year.

 

Light determines the laying capacity.

Chickens lay at most one egg per day. Commercial breeders where always wondering how to increase the egg production. Since chickens measure the day with a light sensing organ on their skin, they lay an egg whenever the dark period is over. If you put all chickens into a barn without windows and turn the lights back on every 22 hours instead of 24 hours, you’ll get 1.09 eggs per 24 hour period. A production increase of almost 10% …  pushing the chickens to their limits. That’s why commercial chickens never get to see the daylight. Obviously this doesn’t work with free range chickens going outdoors.

 

What are OMEGA 3 eggs?

Omega 3 is a group of fatty acids with very many health benefits. We all should eat as many foods with Omega 3 as possible. Eggs that are labeled Omega 3 aren’t from any special chickens however. The chickens are just fed generous amounts of linseed which increases the Omega 3 concentration in the yolk. If you grind the flax seeds onto your breakfast cereal you’ll have more Omega 3 in your diet than buying specialty eggs.  

 

Super fresh eggs are hard to peel.

When you want hard boiled eggs, you’ll notice that our eggs just don’t peel well. TIP: Let them sit for about 2 weeks in the fridge before boiling and they will be easy to peel.  

 

Can we get only a small amount of beef? No problem.

You don’t have to order large quantities. If you don't have a freezer- no problem. We sell  individually priced packages of a single steak, roast, hamburger package, stew, or ribs. Just call us.

Can we hatch some chickens from your eggs?  

Yes, a school teacher once incubated a dozen of our eggs and about six chicks were born. Our breeds are however mixed, so you'll get a variety of chickens with inconsistent egg laying ability.

Do you sell live chickens? 

Yes. Sometimes we sell our laying hens to poeple who want their own backyard flock, or the older hens to make a good soup. Laying hens are generally skinny with tough meat. They are not good for roasting.  

When is the best time to get some eggs?

We only have a few dozens of eggs per day. We put them out to the roadside stand and your best chance to get fresh eggs on weekdays between 1-3pm.  

Where do your customers come from?

Our free range egg and grass fed beef customers come the following areas: Whitchurch-Stouffville, Aurora, Markham, Newmarket, Gwillimbury, Richmond Hill, Oakridges, Thornhill, Vaughan, King Township, York Region, Toronto, GTA, Pickering, and many more communities in Ontario..

 Do you sell at the farmer's market?

No, we sell only directly from our farm and we don't sell products that were made elsewhere.

I want to buy healthy meat for my dogs from you. Do you sell that?

We understand that you want your dogs to be healthy and give them good food. All our meat is for human nutrition, it is highest and purest quality for people who value ethical and healthy livestock raising. Our extensive production method doesn't provide enough to even supply the demand for our human customers. We believe that humans come first and we can't morally justify feeding our quality meat to dogs, even if you would pay double and triple. Sorry. Please don't ask whether we provide meat / bones etc. for your dogs. We won't.


 

Eggs dry out with aging. Fresh eggs are compact and rise above the pan. Old eggs are flat. 

 

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