"I love her breakfast sausages. They're the best."
— Sammy F., age 7
“When chickens get to live like chickens, they'll taste like chickens, too.”
— Michael Pollan,
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Our Free-Range Meat Program
Meadow Creek Farms was born out of the desire to connect Northern Alberta consumers directly with quality meat and field-grown vegetables. Mandy Melnyk farms on her parents' land near Waskatenau, Alberta. From an early age, she learned the value of hard work and the importance of family farms and local food systems. Mandy has been learning how to make things work with her operation since 2011.
What We Value: We feed our animals slowly. They are fed wheat, barley, peas; our feed DOES NOT contain soya, canola, or corn. When accessible, we try to purchase grain from local neighbours and our sausage is all gluten free. We work with local abattoirs.
Our Real Outdoor Raised Chickens: We purchase our chicks and raise them from babies. Our Chickens have access to shelter but generally spend all their time outside with easy access to food and water. They graze on lots of grass and are given many greens from our vegetables. All our Chickens are raised without antibiotics.
Slow raised birds take about 75-85 days, depending if they are a rooster or a hen and how large a person wants them. By comparison, Hutterite and other industrial birds are done in about 40 days. Mandy's birds eat grasshoppers, earthworms, natural grit and anything green. The sun is helpful for birds outside as well.
Predators of our outdoor birds require managing. We have a radio on at night to keep them away and our birds have shelter to run into if a bunch of ravens fly nearby. We do lose some but have learned over the years how to try to reduce loss.
Our birds are raised slow therefore they need to be slow-cooked. Use moist heat for best results.
Our Local Alberta Pork: Our hogs are purchased as 20 lb ‘weaners.’ We then raise them outside in a large straw pile. We feed them a mixture of wheat, barley, grass and alfalfa. Hogs don't sweat so it is very important that they spend most of their life outside for them to develop healthy meat. This presents a conflict in farming as pigs who get lots of exercise naturally take longer to fatten or ‘finish.’ We don't push our hogs to finish quickly with high protein diets, so it takes 5-6 months for them to reach market size and they retain their natural digestive balance.
What We Don't Do: We do not use animal growth hormones or antibiotics in our feed. If a hog gets ill, we will treat it with antibiotics if necessary but not sell that hog in our free-range meat program for at least 90 days after it has been treated. We stand firm to our commitment of providing you the healthiest hormone- and antibiotic-free animals we can raise. All of our processed meat is gluten free. We do use nitrates in our bacon as it is very difficult to make nitrate-free bacon.
We are very proud of the work we do to grow the best products we can and we maximize efficiencies wherever possible to keep our prices accessible for all our customers. We believe strongly that knowing where your food comes from is the best investment you can make for your family.
How to Order
Skip the store. We deliver to you.
Each month we conveniently deliver your Northern Alberta slow-raised meat box and egg orders to your door.
Browse our products and order online. Please note we have a minimum order requirement of $200. Lots of our customers order with friends! Remember to include your full contact information, including delivery address and mobile number for texting.
Payment can be sent manually by e-Transfer or at checkout with credit card, debit, or PayPal. An $8 delivery fee applies to all orders to help us retain our professional drivers and offer exceptional service. We understand times are tough, and if you would like to arrange incremental payments, please talk with Mandy!
Farmer Mandy will be in touch with you personally upon receiving your order, as well as ongoingly to build relationship. Our drivers will text you personally so you know when they are coming, Sign up for our Newsletter to watch for the next upcoming monthly delivery date.
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