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Meister Field and Forest – 2018

If you’re wondering where you can find David Meister and Christina Caldwell look no further than the 6th generation beef/produce farm and forestry operation they live on in New Ross, Nova Scotia. Both grew up on farms and have strong agricultural backgrounds – only taking a brief break while they explored the West Coast living in Calgary, Alberta.

When they decided to move back to the East Coast they landed back at the Meister farm and began working alongside David’s parents Karl and Alice. Meister Field and Forest is a diverse operation that operates on 600 acres and offers a number of products and services. At peak herd they have 20 Angus beef cattle in the beef part of their operation – using about 50 acres for pasture and hay production. You will also find 1 acre being used for their vegetable, garlic, berry and herb gardens – which are sold to local establishments and farmers markets. In addition, their forestry operation includes wood production for lumber and paper products, as well as Christmas trees.

“We’re interested in Agrotourism this year, with more on farm events and workshops coming up in late 2018,” David added.

“So many things led us to this work, but there were two major things that stood out. The first was a desire and interest in this work. We enjoy all the things we work on and what we produce, even the tasks required to make them happen. We also want to have more of a connection to the food we eat,” Christina explained.

This will be their first year officially participating in Open Farm Day – as they have held events in the past for friends and family.

“We feel it’s important to participate for several reasons but the main one is that we feel there is a loss of connection between people and where their food comes from and being part of this allows us to help bridge that gap,” David stated.

Visitors can expect a welcoming atmosphere and a great opportunity to see and learn about a diverse farm operation. There will be tours of the barn, tractor and equipment displays, garden tours and a hiking path. Visitors will also be able to see the cattle and free-range hens.

Did you know: the Meister farm is 200 years old, and has been in the family for 6 generations?

“The best part of the day is when we can connect with people, but specifically the kids who want to see and learn about something they see on the farm,” David said.

“We love to see the younger generation have an opportunity to connect with farm life,” Christina added.

Meister Field and Forest can’t wait to see you on the farm!


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19 hours ago

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While 300 orders have been received and ordering is closed for this week, Truro Farmers Market Cooperative has online ordering for Saturday pickup. Be sure to like and follow here on FB to find the form to place a future order.

These systems are new so THANK YOU for trying them, supporting NS farmers and food businesses and for having patience as we all adjust to buying in new ways!We are so happy, but so sad too - we have to cut off the orders for this week! We are at 300 orders and logistically we just can't deal with any more than that in our second week of filling orders.
We will have an even better ordering system in place for next week, which will be accessible through our website. Watch for postings about it going live and thank you so much for your support! On behalf of our local producers - you rock!
We will add a second order day and/or more logistics so that we can accept more orders next week.
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2 days ago

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If you are in Cape Breton the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub and Cape Breton Farmers' Market have teamed up to provide at home deliveries for online orders.

They have provided the steps to get signed up and logged in to use this service.

Be sure to follow Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op and Cape Breton Farmers Market to stay up-to-date with info!While the physical Cape Breton Farmers Market will no longer be open during this time as we deal with COVID-19, you can still support local farms and access the same fresh food by using the Cape Breton Food Hub's online ordering system. During the COVID-19 crisis, all orders placed through the Food Hub will be delivered to you directly. As a member co-op the Cape Breton Food Hub generally has a membership fee, but for all those using this service in place of the Cape Breton Farmers’ market the membership fee will be waived.

To place a local food order through the Food Hub’s online marketplace you will first need to register and add a free temporary membership to your account. Here’s how:

1. Create a Login by visiting capebreton.localfoodmarketplace.com/Account/Register You will be asked for an email and to create an 8+ character Password.

2. Next, select Sydney as your pick up location from the drop down menu and enter your address, email and phone number to complete your registration. This information allows us to get in touch with you about any market service changes.

3. Click on the person icon on the top right side of the screen to go to “Account Information”

4. Select the third tab at the top “Credit Card” and enter your information here. Please ensure that the postal code you provided with your address matches the postal code associated with your credit card. If you do not have a credit card contact us and you can arrange to pay by etransfer.

5. Finally, return to the “Account Info” tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. On the right you will see a green “Add Membership” button.

6. Select “Temporary Market Member” from the drop down menu and confirm. You will need to press confirm once more once it takes you to your order.

7. That’s it! Now you are ready to order! Select “Product List” at the very top during market hours to view products and place your order.

Our online marketplace is open Fridays at noon until 7 pm on Mondays. Log in any time within these hours to view products and place an order. Your order will be delivered to your door the following Thursday between 4 pm and 7pm. Someone will ring your bell then leave the order for you to retrieve.

Please contact the Food Hub directly at admin@pancapebretonfoodhub.ca for any questions or help navigating the online marketplace.
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