Fall 2016 Hoven Farms Update

Where to begin!  What a crazy summer.  2016 has shown every farmer in the province how dependant we are on decent weather.  From the beginnings in the spring with highs in the 30’s, to rain starting in July and having moisture every 36 hours until today, and our first frost on Sept 6,

So here is the quick update:

Grass Finished Beef – Order Now!

img_5090-1Most of our beef is reserved but we do have some beef available for our direct customers.

Our grass fed and finished beef has been living on organic pastures and been raised using grazing techniques and Holistic Management.  By moving our cattle daily to fresh green grass, these animals gets the healthiest grass grown on soils with a very active microbiology and deep deep roots.  Living soils grow the best grass, and the best grass grows healthy animals.  Healthy animals, in turn, grown healthy people.

And we want to share the best beef we can grow with your family.

Order your whole beef, half beef or split half here.

Chickens

designOur chicken year has been challenging.  Why?  Predators.

I am often asked if we are predator friendly.  It is easy to be predator friendly when the predators are not bothering you.   Our ravens developed a taste for our pastured chickens and we lost many birds to them.  We couldn’t figure out how a skunk or a weasel was getting into our chicken pen.  We spent many hours wracking our brains working on better protecting the chickens from ground based predators and nothing seemed to work.  Then early (very early) one morning, we say 5 or 6 ravens having a breakfast feast and we realized that our predators were dropping in from above and not digging through at ground level.

Anyhow, it has been challenging.

We do have more chickens available.

Place your order here.

Pigs

img_1116I really enjoy our pigs.  They have been free ranging all summer and are looking really good.  We have only a couple available so if you want one, please reserve yours quickly.

 First time Customer?  Check this out.

Cleaning the Garden with Chickens

#eggs = #recycled #vegetables

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We moved the chickens to the garden.

Why?  The chickens will be eating all the leftover vegetables and materials left behind.

Yes, we are turning a garden waste into eatable eggs.

Organic Broccoli

Good news everyone!

Hoven Farms will have organic broccoli available for the next couple of weeks.
Grown without ANY chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, these broccoli taste amazing.
We will be offering these broccoli first of all to our Veggie Box CSA customers, and we will be selling the remainder at our Garden City Market on Thursday evening between 4 and 7, and on Friday, at the Sylvan Lake Farmers Market.
Thanks for supporting local farmers!

My Mission

Daily life on the farm gets busy.

This year we are operating cattle, pigs, laying hens, meat chickens, and a vegetable garden.  We have many children helping doing all the different enterprises.

It is great to work as a family but it isn’t always easy.

Throw in two weekly farmers markets and the online marketing that should happen and whew!  I think I need a holiday.

But that is what winter is for!

Sometimes I think I must be crazy.  Maybe my parents and siblings do think I am crazy.

I ask myself why I am doing all this.

It all comes back to growing good food for people.

Sometimes when I am out working by myself, I wonder why am I so passionate about good food?  Why do I care what people feed themselves and their children?

Do I think that growing good food is my mission in life?  Is it my ministry to the world?

10 years ago after my accident and operations (4 in 18 months), my body was messed up.  I would hurt and ache all the time.  It was so difficult getting out of bed.  I was an old man in a young man’s body.

But food changed all that for me.  Dropping wheat and sugar transformed me.  When I dropped wheat, within three days, my aches disappeared.  I am a better human being because of those diet changes.

I see the same changes in my kids.  It comes as a surprise to me that I have three kids that have never had to have antibiotics.  Is that luck or does it have something to do with the way we live?

When I cheat on my diet and maybe have a piece of pizza, I start to feel frantic in my head, and in a few hours, my shoulder starts to ache and my feet swell up as they retain water.  I then wonder what else it is doing to me that I can’t see or feel.

This post was going to be a short piece about my cows out eating grass and it turned into a piece about me out eating my grass fed cows.  It is funny how life takes you down a direction you never expected.

That is enough of a rant for a Friday morning.

Thanks for listening.

 

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Weekly Delivery of Hoven Farms Organic Meat to Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Area

We are pleased to announce weekly delivery of our organic and free range meat to Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Area.

One of the challenges of direct marketing your own product is distribution.  Getting our meat from our farm to your freezer is a much greater challenge than it sounds.  Dealing with all the pressure of raising organic beef is one thing, but moving it from our freezers to you can be a huge time consuming job.  And it is expensive.  Please consider that almost 1/3 of the dollar cost of our product is for processing (cut, wrap and freeze) and covering the cost of getting it to your freezer.

Starting in June, Hoven Farms is able to offer weekly deliveries to Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Area by teaming up with iDeliver.

In the past, we have not offered delivery in the month of July and August as we are far too busy on the farm during these summer months.  Trying to book nights for deliveries weeks in advance is almost impossible because when the sun is shining during the summer months, I am usually haying or doing some other weather dependant project.

Teaming up with iDeliver allows us to take your orders up to Tuesday evening, and then have the meats and other products you want delivered to your door Thursday evening.

And the cost?  We are going to continue our offer of FREE DELIVERY on orders over $300.  Orders under $300 will have a $10 delivery charge added to your order.

It is our goal to grow the worlds best food for people.  Teaming up with iDeliver allows us to focus on the food, and letting the delivery experts deal with getting the product quickly and affordably to your door.

For our Edmonton and Calgary customers, we are hoping to expand into your cities soon.

Delivery Days to Red Deer in July and August

June 23, 2016

June 30, 2016

July 7, 2016

July 14, 2016

July 21, 2016

July 28, 2016

August 4, 2016

August 11, 2016

August 18, 2016

August 25, 2016