Sheila is very passionate when she talks about her farm and the way that the animals are treated humanely and respectfully. Coming from an indigenous background myself, this is something that has always been important to me. The animals should be treated well, killed humanely and we should use as many parts from snout to tail as we are able. Sunworks does all those things.
Their farm was started because their daughter had such severe allergies and food sensitivities that they needed to be able to grow their own food. They started out feeding themselves and through a few requests started raising a little bit more, and a little bit more until it grew into what it is today. No farming background. Amazing!
Free range, BCSPCA certified humane, grass fed, certified organic and “as close to nature as possible”.
These folks are passionate about their farm and their animals and it shows. The end products are delicious, good for you AND celiac safe and allergy free. The Chicken Moroccan sausages are so good.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend “Family Farm Day” at the beginning of September to see where my food comes from. This is an annual event put on by Sheila and family where you can come out and meet everyone, have lunch and a farm tour.
I am guessing there were about 800 people in attendance. The weather was pretty crappy that day, so they cleaned out one of the winter chicken coops for everyone to gather in. We had some lovely live entertainment while we were waiting.
Lunch was simple elegance. Smoked chicken wings with organic salad and apples for dessert. It was delicious!
After lunch we got to see some happy animals! The turkeys and chickens are about as “free range” as it gets. They are in outdoor shelters, but the buildings are moveable. So they get to run around and just “be”.
All of the meat is processed on site. Always treated respectfully. They gave their lives so that we could be nourished. These folks have their family values that they live by and refuse to compromise quality.
If you are like me and have a hard time making it out to the farmer’s markets on the weekend, you can try Blush Lane Organic Market, or Planet Organic on Jasper Avenue to find the chicken, turkey, beef, pork and eggs.
You can taste the difference!