• What is free range?

    These animals are raised free of cages and are provided with access to the outdoors. This wording will be found mostly on eggs, chicken and sometimes pork.

  • What is free run?

    This wording is found mostly on eggs. Chickens that produce these eggs are raised free of cages and are kept entirely indoors.

  • What makes meat certified organic?

    All the animal’s diet must be certified organic as well, which makes it much more expensive to raise. Also, they must be non- medicated, free range and have no animal by-products in their feed.

  • What do you mean by no animal by-products in the feed?

    Some feeds contain animal by products such as tallow (animal fat) and/or meat and bonemeal, which is basically ground up bones.

  • Are Lepp Farm Markets’ beef, pigs and chickens fed animal by-products?

    The chickens and beef are not fed any animal by-products in their feed. The pigs are given a small amount of bonemeal in their feed when they are very young, but only for a very short time.

  • Are our chickens certified organic?

    No, they are not.

  • What are Lepp Farm Market chickens?

    They are free-run (inside a barn but not caged), with twice as much room as in a conventional barn.

  • What are Lepp Farm Market pigs?

    They are inside a barn with twice as much room as in a conventional barn.

  • Why is more room in the barn better for the animal?

    Because they are not in crowded conditions, they are less stressed, which means they are healthier and don’t get sick as often.

  • Do we give our animals antibiotics?

    No we don’t. All beef, pork and chicken sold at Lepp Farm Market is anti-biotic free.

  • Do we give our animals hormones?

    According to Canadian law, no hormones are permitted to be given to chickens or hogs, so all chicken and pork meat that has been grown in Canada has no added hormones. However, a lot of the pork and some chicken sold in grocery stores is imported from other countries, and so it may have added hormones.

    Beef is the only meat that may have added hormones in Canada. The calves are given a hormone implant which makes them grow faster.

    Lepp Farm Market beef DOES NOT have added hormones. The animals are selected from BC ranches as calves, removed from the herd and are not given any hormone implants.

  • What about milk? Does it have added hormones?

    According to Canadian law, dairy farmers in Canada are not allowed to administer hormones to milk cows, so all milk bought from Canadian sources is free of added hormones.

  • Why do you say “no added hormones” instead of “hormone free”?

    Because all creatures, humans included, have naturally occurring hormones so it can’t be “hormone free”, but it can be labelled as “no added hormones”.

  • Why can’t we say “naturally raised” or “natural meat”?

    The CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) is the governing body of food labelling and food safety in Canada, and they won’t allow farmers to use the term “naturally raised” for any animals, because all farm animals have been touched by human hands.

  • What about the beef? Is it “grass fed”?

    That’s a question that comes up a lot, especially since Oprah said we should all eat “grass fed” beef. If you asked people what they meant by that question, most people couldn’t explain exactly what they mean.   What that term generally means is that the cattle have been raised out on the pasture only, not in barns, and grazed only on fresh grass.

    Our beef is not pasture raised. Our cattle are fed a specially formulated vegetarian diet of the highest quality grain and a mixture of hay and corn silage.

  • What does “dry age” mean, and why do we do it for our beef?

    Dry age means to hang the beef carcass on a rail in our meat cooler, and let it hang for 20-30 days before we cut it. When beef is dry aged, two things happen. First, moisture evaporates from the muscle creating a greater concentration of flavour and taste. Second, the beef’s natural enzymes break down the fibrous, connective tissue in the muscle, which tenderizes the meat. Most of the tenderizing process occurs in the first 10 to 14 days; after 14 days, richness of flavour becomes the main goal of dry aging.

  • Isn’t all beef bought in stores “dry aged”?

    No, most beef is not dry-aged. Because you lose moisture each day that you dry age, you are losing weight that you could normally sell, (water) and this makes it a much more expensive product for a butcher shop to produce.

  • Where are our chickens, pigs and cattle killed?

    All our animals are processed at government inspected killing plants within the Fraser Valley.

  • What is kosher?

    Kosher food is food that meets Jewish dietary laws. Poultry and meat must be slaughtered under strict guidelines. This means the animals are slaughtered without pain. Only those who are trained and qualified are allowed to slaughter kosher animals.

  • What is halal?

    This makes the meat acceptable for Muslims to eat, and the animals are killed according to a strict set of rules. The animals must also not have any animal by-products in their feed.

  • Are our meats halal and/or kosher?

    Since neither Jews nor Muslims eat pork, this is a non-issue for pork. However, our chickens and beef are both processed in such a way that they are halal, but not kosher.

  • Is Lepp Farm Market an “organic” store?

    While we carry a wide variety of organic items in the grocery, produce and bakery departments, (all Bread Affair bread is certified organic) all our items are not organic.

  • Why don’t we have more local produce?

    We try to carry as much local produce as we can source, but that depends a lot on the season. Obviously our selection is very limited in winter, but we will carry as many local produce items as we can find in season.

  • Why do your groceries seem to be more expensive than the regular supermarkets?

    A lot of the grocery items we stock are speciality items, things you wouldn’t normally find in the large supermarkets. Because these are often items made within BC or Canada, and they are not mass produced, they tend to be more expensive than the regular brands.