Meadow Creek Farms was born out of the desire to connect Alberta consumers directly with quality meat and vegetable producers. The "good food" movement is well underway in Alberta and consumers are increasingly seeking local, sustainable food sources.
Mandy Melnyk, Owner & Farmer at Meadow Creek Farms, grew up on a family farm near Waskatenau, Alberta. From an early age, she learned the value of hard work and the importance of family farms and local food.
Our small farm has been in operation since 2011. We are young but learn from our valued customers with each passing season.
What We Value
We feed our animals slowly. They are fed wheat, barley, peas, and oat rations. Our feed DOES NOT contain soya, canola, or corn.
When accessible, we try to purchase grain from local neighbours.
We purchase our chicks and raise them between 90 and 110 days. 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 organic vegetables.
Our Turkeys are raised for 150-175 days depending on if they are Tom (male) or Hens (Female). They, too have access to shelter but generally spend all their time outside with easy access to food and water grass and many greens from our Organic Veggie Garden.
Because our poultry spend so much time outside, their meat has a different texture. You will either love it or hate it. For maximum tenderness and to retain moisture, it is recommended that you cook your thawed chicken at a lower temperature for longer than you would a store-bought or Hutterite chicken.
Our poultry is processed at Harry Hill Hutterite Colony, Harry Hill, Alberta.
Our hogs are purchased as 20 lb ‘wieners.’ 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. Our butcher is Country Quality Meats in Bon Accord, Alberta.
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 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.
Meadow Creek Farms is committed to complying with the organic farming practices governed by Pro-Cert Organic Certifiers. We do not spray chemicals to kill weeds or add fertilizer that is not organic based (manure). We give all our weeds and veggie tops to our hogs, turkeys and chickens. They love all the extra greens.
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.
For your convenience, Mandy will work with you to get your product to your community and arrange transfer to you. Product will be wrapped and frozen. View our Delivery Calendar for the current weekly schedule.
Due to increased fuel costs, customers wishing to pick up their product from our farm will receive 5% off their order. Directions to the farm can be found here.
The Farmer's Creed
I believe a person's greatest possession is their dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.
I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person's
I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the
most honest and honorable way a person can spend their days on this earth.
I believe farming provides education for life and that no other occupation
teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.
I believe many of the best things in life are free: the splendor of a
sunrise; the rapture of wide open spaces; the exhilarating sight of your
land greening each spring.
I believe true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field
and your children grow tall in the sun.
I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my
I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.
- Author Unknown