Product Types: At Alder Creek Farm, we grow naturally raised lamb.
About Us We are fortunate to be the fourth generation to farm our family homestead. Upon permanently moving here in 1997, we adopted a lifestyle of growing our own vegetables and raising our own meat products. It is rather humourous how we got started in the sheep farming business. The farm was originally a beef operation. When our daughters were young, we bought two lambs as pets. Now at peak times, we have 120 sheep on the farm!!! For several years, we hosted a Sheep 4H Club so as many children as possible could learn about and get to know sheep. We kept our two pets Snowball and Dipsy for 10 years. They were Special to say the least. Now we shepherd a flock of 50 Dorset ewes. We have wonderful and rich green pastures available from May through to October. During the winter, the flock have free access to both indoor and outdoor large areas. We feed mostly our own hay and silage that we grow on our own farm. We do not use chemical fertilizers.
Ingredients Just Awesome Fresh Local Lamb!!!
Practices (our standards for raising or making our products) Our farm practices incorporate as much as possible, natural rearing and grazing systems. During the summer months, we rotate pastures to help ensure that our flock has enough forage to last throughout the summer months. In the fall when the quality of forage in our pastures is poor, the flock is introduced to standing oats, peas and barley. This feed helps the ewes to go into the breeding season in good condition. Lambs are weaned at about 3 months of age when they are eating hay and grain to sustain themselves. This is also done at 3 months so their mothers are not taxed too much and can remain healthy. We grow most of our own hay and silage.
Buying through the Ottawa Valley Food Co-op (OVFC) is important to me. By making a monthly pick up, I not only save on gas driving around the county picking up food, I know where it comes from. Having a relationship with producers, close by, means that if I have a concern about a product I know where to go for answers. Local producers live in the community and pay taxes here. They are invested and that feels right. I also have a better chance at obtaining food and products that are more healthful and less likely to harm me and the place I live.