Farm-Fresh Products: From our land to your table
Purely Grass-Fed Black Angus Beef
Currently available in our Tasting Room as beef jerky, produced in partnership with Thompson Rivers University
Our cattle are a rare breed – you might see a lot of Black Angus around, but not many that are fed a steady diet of grass and only grass. It’s natural – just how we like it. Cattle are born to eat grass, not grain.
So what does all this grass mean? Well, it means our cattle are healthier and so is our beef. Grass fed beef contains less fat, fewer calories per ounce, and a whole bunch of different fatty acids compared to cows fed grain.
There can be as much as FIVE times more Omega-3 fatty acids in grass fed beef, fewer saturated fats, and twice as much Conjugated Linoleic Acid – you don’t need to know what it is, just know that it’s associated with reduced body fat (yours, not the cows).
Not only that, grass fed beef has more micronutrients (AKA vitamins), antioxidants, and all of the other good stuff found in all beef.
Our ethically raised, free range cattle roam our 1,200 acres with room to spare, without the need for antibiotics or hormones.
Delicious Haskap Berries for Wine, Jam and More!
Haskap berries are part of the Blue Honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea) family. The name Haskap comes from the Ainu people of Japan.
These berries look like a long blueberry, and though their flavour is reminiscent of a blueberry, it is truly unique. In fact, the Haskap is more closely related to a tomato than it is a blueberry.
Haskap berries not only taste good, they are also incredibly good for you. These berries are very high in antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent a number of conditions, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
Though the Haskap is native to more northern climes than British Columbia, it is well adapted to our local climate, producing fat, delicious berries as early as mid-June.
Interestingly, two different varieties of Haskap are needed in the same field in order for proper pollination to occur. Our own Haskap planting, all two acres of it, is home to three different varieties of Haskap – Tundra, Berry Blue, and Indigo Gem.
Haskap berries are excellent eaten fresh, but also make superb pies, jam, ice cream, yogurt, sauces, and of course wine!
All Natural Honey
Our farm is home to a whole lot of insects – some of whom we’d even consider pets. Our Honey Bees are diligent workers, producing as much as 400 litres of honey every year. Our honey is all natural, hand packaged, and unpasteurized so you get the full flavour and all of the healthy, live enzymes that make honey so good for you.
To produce just one litre of honey, bees are estimated to have to fly more than 75,000 kilometres. It sure makes us grateful when we have a spoonful on our Haskap berries and ice cream. Global Honey Bee populations have struggled over the past few years, with one of the primary causes being Neonicotinoid pesticides.
Lucky for us, these pesticides have never been used on our farm and our bee colonies are alive and well. Of course, to make honey, our bees need to feed on nectar. When the bees locate an area rich in nectar, they do a ‘bee dance’ to show the other bees where the nectar can be found. Lucky for them, we’ve placed two acres of Haskap berries loaded with flowers right next to them.This works great for the bees as they feed on the readily available source of nectar, and just as great for the Haskap berries as the bees pollinate the different varieties. It’s all a part of a popular philosophy around here – that of permaculture.
Permaculture – The Natural Way To Farm
Permaculture is an approach that looks at all the functions of plants and animals together, rather than treating them as a single product system. The Haskaps feed the bees, and the bees pollinate the Haskaps.
Here at Monte Creek Ranch, we want to create a sustainable and low input farm. Every aspect of our farm — including our soil, water, climate, crop, people, and even buildings — is carefully scrutinized as to how it relates to the other aspects. We strive to lessen our impact on nature while maximizing working with it!