How to Order

About Meadow Creek Farms

Meadow Creek Farms was born out of the desire to connect Alberta consumers directly with quality meat and organic vegetables. 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. We have been in operation since 2011.

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.

Our Chickens: 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: They 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 Pork: Our hogs are purchased as 20 lb ‘weaners.’ 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.

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.

Organic Vegetables: 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.

Spring 2019 

Dear Friends of Meadow Creek Farms,
There are a few important changes to our ordering system that we are implementing this year. This will allow us to offer the best products at the best prices. Hint: it's buying in bulk, sharing with friends, and telling Mandy exactly what you want her to grow for your family. Think of this as similar to ordering a side of beef. From now until the end of June 2019 you order and pay as you go. You order the Current Inventory each week by Thursday at noon and choose your month of delivery through the drop-down boxes. Mandy will contact you as soon as she gets your order to arrange delivery. It would be appreciated if you order as soon as you know what you want so she can plan and organize processing dates. You can pay in full with PayPal on ordering or select Payment on Delivery and contact Mandy to arrange installments with e-Transfer. Although the deadline for ordering for the Fall is June 30, 2019 it is recommended to order soon so Mandy can plan her upcoming season.

Step by Step Guidelines and Ordering Instructions for Meadow Creek Farms:

Choosing packages of current inventory of food

1. Look at your family's meal preferences per month and decide what works for your family.
2. Go to shop.meadowcreekfarms.ca, click on the “current” tab and order all products you would like to buy between now June as soon as possible (order the favorite items quickly like sausage, bacon and turkey). Remember that you can pay on delivery.
3. Choose which month you would like delivery – depending on stock of current inventory, there may not be inventory past June 30.
4. For immediate home delivery on the next scheduled date, order deadline is THURSDAYS at NOON. Fort McMurray deliveries are Fri/Sat every second week and Edmonton is every two weeks on a Saturday. 
5. Once your products are chosen, click the CHECKOUT button and you will be able to choose Payment on Delivery (Installments) or the option to pay in full with PayPal at the end of the checkout process. You can use your credit card to pay through PayPal, you do not need a PayPal account. It may be convenient, however, for you to set one up. Please make sure you enter your mobile phone number in the order notes so our team of drivers can contact you to arrange your delivery. If you are unable to be home to receive your delivery, please leave a cooler on your front step.
6. Friends and neighbors are encouraged to split packages for the best savings as most of the packages are designed for sharing. Mandy will deliver to both houses upon telephone request.
7. Freezer storage may be available upon specific telephone request to Mandy.

Choosing packages for the Fall 2019

1. Follow same steps as above except click on “order for the fall” and order all products you would like to order for Fall and Winter.
2. Choose which month or months, you would like delivery. Delivery will be from Sept 2019-Sept 2020.
3. Fall orders must be placed by June 30, 2019 with 50% deposit on all packages ordered. The remainder will be due on delivery or incrementally as agreed with Mandy.
4. Choose payment method, sharing packages or ordering freezer storage as set out above.
This year Mandy will only be raising product that is pre ordered. Mandy is a little flexible but we are trying hard to keep prices as affordable as possible for your family.
Our online store Fall Ordering http://shop.meadowcreekfarms.ca has been totally updated with categories for our Current Remaining Inventory from 2018 as well as the section where you Pre-order for the Fall and beyond.
Until we meet again may the wind be at your back. Thank you for supporting our farm.
Farmer Mandy