By: Christina Nunn
Little Dorset Farms is a mixed farming operation in Middle Musquodoboit run by the Legg family, Maureen, Ambrose, and Glenn-Arron. Their 500 acres supports the production of top quality beef, pork, and chicken as well as a variety of vegetable crops. The high quality of these products has helped them to develop a thriving customer base at farmers’ markets over the past 28 years. The Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market welcomed Little Dorset Farms in 2009 and they have been a popular vendor ever since.
That popularity is due in part to the flavorful, juicy cuts of meat. However, the complete traceability of their products is also a factor for our many customers concerned about health and food safety. Feed for the cattle and hogs is grown on-site and no antibiotics or hormones are used. The free range chickens enjoy a healthy diet of fresh pecked insects, supplemented by a natural feed with no meat products, fish meal, antibiotics, or hormones. The meats are then prepared on-site at their government inspected processing plant.
In addition to the great selection of meat cuts, Maureen crafts delicious meat pies and sausages, with no preservatives added. Sweet corn, squash, and cucumbers are also available seasonally at the MHFM or on-site at their farm stand. Pre-orders are welcomed and can be taken at the Market or by calling 384-2593, a great idea for holidays or special occasions.
Visit Maureen at Little Dorset Farm’s table the next time you join us at the MHFM. Passionate and knowledgeable about farming practices and the high quality foods her family produces, she enjoys the opportunity to share that with her customers.
That rapport between customers and vendors is one of the many compelling reasons that make markets a place where people feel good about their shopping experience. Knowing where and how food is produced can help to ease some of the concerns people feel about the safety and security of their food supply. At the same time, buying local helps to strengthen local communities provides much needed jobs and keeps money circulating in the local economy.
To learn more about the MHFM, check our website www.mhfarmersmarket.ca to see what’s new. You can also join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/mhfarmersmarket. From both sites you can subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter. If you have a question or are interested in becoming a vendor, please call us at 902-220-9114 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.