Maple Bay Farm - Frequently Asked Questions

What does GMO-FREE mean and why do your GMO-FREE eggs cost more than the others?

We are often asked what GMO-FREE means when people are considering purchasing our GMO-FREE eggs so here is a short explanation. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) have had their genes (DNA) altered to act in a way that doesn't happen naturally and/or contains genes from other plant-based organisms.

The 4 main GM crops currently grown in Canada include canola, soybean, corn and sugar beets (white sugar beets for sugar processing). Besides being in the grocery stores as processed food ingredients, they are widely used in animal feed. These crops are engineered to be either insect resistant or herbicide tolerant, and many now carry both traits.

Because a member of our family was having increasingly severe reactions to eggs, we decided to change some of our chickens to GMO-FREE, organic feed to see if it would make a difference. We wondered if the reaction might have developed because as soybeans have become more and more modified, he has developed a sensitivity to them. We were right! Since making the switch to GMO-FREE feed, he is once again able to enjoy our eggs. 

GMO-FREE and organic feed costs considerably more than regular feed and this cost difference is reflected in the price of the eggs.

Why does the price between cuts vary so much?

The price of beef is influenced by the amount of fat present in the cut. The more marbling that it has the more tender and flavourful it will be and that is reflected in its price. However, when you have meat that is a product of cattle being grass-fed, raised in a non-stressful environment (not in a feedlot where they can't graze and are jammed together), and butchering takes place at the optimum time, the less expensive cuts are exceptionally good. Though it may sound like 'marketing', cuts such as chuck and stew that come from farms such as ours aren't tough or lacking in flavour. Many of our customers who have taken a chance based on our word have been coming back to buy the lesser known cuts time and time again. Ask us for more information when you are next at the farm.

Why don't you have product all the time?

We are committed to sustainable farming and this means that we cannot raise more cattle than our land can sustain. Unlike larger farms or feedlots, we usually only have up to 25 head of cattle at any one time. This is to avoid overgrazing and to ensure that we aren't forced into a situation where we have to grain feed. Limiting our herd to such small numbers results in us having to wait until the end of each birthing season to see how many bull calves are born. We keep the heifers because we want to ensure that we have a strong breeding stock and know the lineage of our herd at all times. This also applies to lamb volumes as well. 

Egg volumes are affected by a number of factors such as the age of the chickens and seasonal changes. We try our best to keep enough chickens to ensure a regular supply of eggs but there are times when things are out of our control. There have been times when predators such as eagles and mink have broken into the coop and caused us to lose some chickens. Our supplier of chicks has made a mistake by getting broilers instead of layers and then there is the matter of the chicks taking time to mature. During the maturing process they lay smaller eggs until they finally lay large eggs. Because we are confident that free-range practices are the best for the chickens, there may be times when we are unable to satisfy everyone's desire to purchase our eggs and we very much appreciate your patience 

Who is your butcher?

Our butcher is located right here in the valley and is government certified. In addition, he only butchers once a week to enable a government inspector to be present during the process. 

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash and internet transfer payments. We do not accept cheques,debit or credit cards.