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Ferme d'ORée Farm

Our philosophy


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Owners Sarah Hui & Gert, Rosalie & Camille Janssens



We are going much further than

No antibiotics
No growth hormones
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Our farm is
Grass-based and local!

Our vocation is to model our farm to the romantic idea of a picturesque family farm where animals and people live a good life. This is in stark contrast to the reality of modern agriculture. The privilege of breathing the country air, working the land and caring for our animals is our reward for hard work under difficult conditions and otherwise unprofitable investment. Even though we know some fantastic farmers with industrial (family) farms, it is not what we are about.

Environmental agriculture is based on the principle that you are what you eat.
This goes much further than no chemical fertilizers, preventative antibiotics or growth hormones

Good food is natural food. Nature is our template. We let animals be animals. Our animals live outside as much as possible. Herbivores have evolved to eat grass - not grain, pigs have a strong desire to root. Sunshine, fresh air, hygienic living conditions and a natural diet make for happy animals that rarely get sick and do not need preventative antibiotics.

Good food comes from a diversified farm. Nature is resilient because of diversity. In a sense, we try to create a balanced ecosystem rather than using chemical fertilizer as a crutch for a depleted soil. Since we feed very little grain, almost all our land is both pasture and hayfield. This is much better for the soil.

Good food is seasonal food. We follow the rhythm of nature as much as we can.

Good food is slow food. With more exercise, less grain and no steroids, hormones or chemical food additives, our animals grow slower. That results in lean meat, yellow fat, and more taste. What is healthy for animals is healthy for you!

Good food is local food. Reducing transportation is better for the animals and the environment. Local food means that more money stays in our community. We sure prefer a local abattoir over a huge one. Local food encourages openness and a relationship between consumer and farmer based on trust. Local food forces farms to stay relatively small. We think that that is essential in what we do. Small is beautiful...

Good food is social food. Our food has no hidden social costs. We do not cause pollution and we do not exploit people. We try to keep our prices reasonable.

Good food is family-friendly food. Environmental farming is not just our job, it is our vocation! Our kids take pride in our farm. We hope to create a little paradise they will always return to.

Good food is community supported food. Rural communities are having a hard time as many young people leave in search for better jobs in the city. We discovered that most of our neighbours and clients in city and country alike, are really cool and resourceful people. Nothing is more encouraging than your support. We love living here and we hope to contribute to the development of our region.

Good food is not just food. In our consumption and production decisions, we chose what kind of world we want to live in. We want you to enjoy our products as you cook and eat a good, healthy and guilt-free meal together!

Environmental agriculture is grass-based farming that nurtures the original philosophy of the organic, bio-dynamic and permaculture movements. We are not certified organic. Industrial agriculture -even if it is organic - thrives on cheap grain and cheap fossil fuels. It produces cheap commodities for global markets.


Products


Pastured Pork


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Seasonal pastured pork (AVAILABLE FALL 2019)

Duroc or Duroc cross, born on a conventional farm, rescued for a season of pasture on the Ferme d’Orée. BULK ORDERS ON RESERVATION ONLY.
Sustainability : 2/5
Taste : 2/5
Price: 5/5

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Pastured Berkshire pork

Most people who taste our Berkshire pork, say that they never knew what pork was supposed to taste like! Tender, juicy and marbled. These do not need to be rescued, because they are born and raised sustainably on the Ferme d’Orée. Bulk or cuts anytime.
Sustainability : 5/5
Taste : 4/5
Price : 3/5

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Pastured Mangalitsa pork (AVAILABLE SPRING 2019)

If you want to taste something rare and exquisite try our Mangalitsa pork. Super marbling and 40% fat. Born and raised sustainably on the Ferme d’Orée. Prices reflect slow growth, we do not even take any profit. . Bulk or cuts anytime.
Sustainability : 3/5
Taste : 5/5
Price : 0/5


Grass-fed and finished beef


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Seasonal grass-fed beef (AVAILABLE FALL 2019)

The quintessential grass-fed beef. Weaned in spring and butchered in the fall. Frankly, this beef is too young to taste awesome. BULK ORDERS ON RESERVATION ONLY.
Sustainability : 3/5
Taste : 2/5
Price : 5/5

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Grass-finished beef

Grass silage alone does not contain enough energy or proteins for quality growth in beef over winter. We do not feed grain, but grass silage, recycled vegetable cuttings and a little bit of distillery waste to any of our grass-finished beeves. Bulk or cuts anytime.
Sustainability : 4/5
Taste : 3/5
Price : 4/5

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Grass-finished speciality beef: Limousin, Angus, BBB

Limousin beeves are considered the best beef in contintental Europe : tender without too much marbling, short-muscle fibers and fabulous dress-out.
Angus cattle are coveted in the Anglosaxon world for their marbling.
Belgian blues are massive, lean and tender. Bulk or cuts anytime.
Sustainability : 5/5
Taste : 5/5
Price : 3/5

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Grass-finished 36 month old Wagyu beef

You thought you knew Wagyu beef, but most are butchered too young. The real thing is at least 36 months old and weighs almost a 1000 lbs. AVAILABLE FALL 2022. Bulk or cuts anytime.
Sustainability : 3/5
Taste : 5/5
Price : 0/5



Texel Lamb


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Texel Lamb (Ferme Tremdi)

Texel lamb is so much leaner and more tender than muttony grass-fed lamb of New-Zealand or the fatty Suffolk crosses that are staples in Québec, that we will not even offer anything else. Bulk or cuts anytime.
Sustainability : 4/5
Taste : 5/5
Price : 5/5



Eggs and chicken


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Ferme Rose des Ventes Chicken

All contemporary, fast-growing meat birds are too fragile to be raised outdoors : chickens raised outdoor have a 30% higher mortality. We are not going to be responsible for that kind of carnage! So we sell chicken that is raised indoors by the Ferme Rose des Vents...without apologies. Cuts or whole.
Sustainability : 5/5
Taste : 3/5
Price : 5/5

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Bresse chickens

A french folly. These slow growing chickens are raised on pasture. Quality is awesome, but they grow for six months. Prices reflect slow growth, we do not even take any profit.
Sustainability : 5/5
Taste : 5/5
Price : 0/5

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Pastured eggs

Hens are much hardier and can be raised outdoors in our eggmobile until there is snow on the ground. In winter we need to bring them in. You will taste the difference.
Sustainability : 5/5
Taste : 5/5
Price : 5/5



Miel d'ORée and Laboratoire de légumes


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Real honey

Nothing destroys the taste of real honey like pasteurization and ultrafiltration. Miel d'ORee does not!



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Laboratoire de legumes

Saisonal vegetable subscription with a twist from Miel d'ORee.