From the Farm to You: Beef in our Community

From Farm to You: Beef in our Community showcases some of the many farms and processors working hard to ensure that we have fresh, healthy and local beef & beef products available in our region!

This film and accompanying From Farm to You: Dairy in our Community were made by Brian Mitolo, produced with support by Farms at Work and made possible with financial support from, Sunderland Co-op, Peterborough County Federation of AgricultureTrent UniversityPeterborough Cattlemen, and the Province of Ontario.


In 2016, there were 247 Family Beef Farms in Peterborough County. Along with dairy cattle, they represented more than a third of the farm cash receipts in the County – more than $25 million.
The following short-film showcases just a few of these hard-working farm families, along with processors, restaurants & other members of the local meat supply chain.

Read more below to learn more about them, and explore local Farmers’ Markets and , to buy their great products and support them!

Leahy Stock Farm

6 generations farming in the area, their current farm, Leahy Stock Farm was started in 1997 in Douro-Dummer Township just south of Lakefield.

Leahy Stock Farms are at the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market year round, and Lakefield Farmers’ Market seasonally. Learn more about them and how to purchase their products on their facebook page

Miway Farms

The Telford family has been farming in Peterborough County, just north of the city on Chemong Road, for five generations. The family farm purchased in 1908, is operated by Wayne Telford and his son Mike and is aptly titled ‘MiWay Farms’. Mike Telford also has 3 boys, 2 who are actively learning the trade Learn more about them on their facebook page

Shealand Farms
Kawartha Lakes

Shealand Farms is composed of Marie and Adam who have farmed together since married in 2012, and 4 daughters Madeline(7) Bridget(5) Amelia(3) Abigail(1) who are growing up learning the ropes of the farm, and take an active role everyday. Amongst other enterprises, they run 60 cows/ 4 bulls in their beef production.

We are very proud to have a direct connection to our customers and provide nutritious food to many families. In the end, that is our role as farmers. We enjoy connecting with the people who consume what we produce and strive to make it the tastiest, and safest food possible. The story of where our food comes from and how it arrives at your plate is important to us, and it is something that we hope you will want to share in with us.” Marie Shea

Shealand Farms can be found at the PRFM throughout the year and at the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market & Lakefield Farmers’ Market in the summer season. Learn more about where to find their products on their website and facebook page

Local Abattoirs: Hilts Butcher Shop

Hilts Butcher Shop Ltd. is an OMAFRA inspected meat plant located in Norwood ON, a fourth-generation, owned and operated family business that has been serving the Peterborough, area and beyond for over 37 years.  They: ‘continually strives to provide a safe and wholesome product fresh from the farm to your family.  We offer high quality, uncompromised meat products that are sure to satisfy your specific needs.

Other local Abbattoirs include Otonabee Meat Packers,  locally owned and operated family abbattoir since 1957, supplies both wholesale and retail customers with beef, pork and chicken
Len & Patti’s Butcher Block, a popular butcher located in Kawartha Lakes ON.
Kawartha Meats, is a new local processor of premium quality meats such as lamb, veal, beef, goat and pork.

Supplies: Sunderland Co-op

Sunderland Co-operative Inc. is a Member based Co-operative that provides crop inputs, feed, petroleum, consumer goods as well as related products and grain marketing of selected grains within the East Central Ontario region. They have locations in Peterborough and Lindsay the head office is in Sunderland.

Other farm supply stores in the region include Starfra Feeds

Restaurants & Stores:

This video features Sam’s Place Deli, a fabulous local restaurant that works with Otonabee Meats to showcase and offer lots of local meat to their customers!

Also featured is JoAnne’s Place, a great source for local products including meats, cheeses and produce in our community!

There are lots of shops like these in our community who support local farmers, be sure to visit them and support everyone in the supply chain!

From Farm to You Video Series

To learn more, check out our From Farm to You: Dairy in Our Community video, and other local food videos showcasing farmers and other members of our local food supply chain!

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