Island Raised

When you purchase Island Raised meat, eggs and dairy products from Red Barn, you’re making a decision to support local farms and food producers – the same small farms that have fed our communities for decades.

Getting to know local farmers, like Tom Henry & Violaine Mitchell of Stillmeadow Farm, gives us an opportunity to get to know where our food comes from. It teaches us the importance of maintaining our agricultural heritage, of preserving land use diversity, of reducing our environmental impact, while creating closer relationships with the people that grow and raise our meat, eggs and dairy products.

Knowing that our meat is ethically raised, that our farmers embrace sustainable farming practices, it’s important to us.

Red Barn Market stocks meat, eggs and dairy from small farms and food processors throughout Vancouver Island. Get to know the farmers on our Stories page and find out what’s in season in BC on our Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables page.

 

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Our island raised beef comes from all over Vancouver Island and the Saanich 4H when possible in the fall. We source pork for our Local Double Smoked Bacon from Stillmeadow Farm in Metchosin. When possible we also source lamb locally from Parry Bay Sheep Farm of Metchosin.

Our chicken comes from Island Farmhouse Poultry, a small-scale processing facility that serves poultry farmers across Vancouver Island. We also get free-range turkeys from Ireland Farms in Saanichton and Stonebridge Farms in the Cowichan Valley.

 

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Our free run eggs come from Farmer Ben’s Eggs  in the Cowichan Valley.

 

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We work with small-scale dairy producers like Little Qualicum Cheeseworks in Qualicum Beach and Natural Pastures Cheeseworks in Courtenay. Our ice cream comes from Island Farms, and SnoMoose. We also feature yogurt from Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt in Courtenay and Kulture Frozen Yogurt in Victoria. We also have Islander Milk by Dairyland from Comox.

 

Further Reading:

Island Farmhouse Poultry   www.farmhousepoultry.ca

British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board   www.bcchicken.ca