Vendor Feature: Carver’s Natural Farms

Hello everyone! Can you believe that we're again set to have great weather on Saturday? We have been blessed with beautiful market weather all season (*including* the one time it rained)! I heard a great phrase last week that I wanted to share with you all as it's been keeping me going! "Know farmers, know food. No farmers, no food." Wow. Isn't that powerful? It shows how lucky we are to know SO MANY amazing farmers! And in the spirit of knowing your farmers, I have another vendor feature for you today: the Carver family from Carver's Natural Farms! They raise chickens and grow gourmet garlic! Fun fact: did you know they now also have a variety of cuts available of their chicken? Super exciting, if you ask me! Make sure to read below to get to know them and their farm a bit more, and stop in at the market to meet them in person and try their chicken!

Meet the Carvers from Carver's Natural Farms

Meet Darryl and Shauna Carver and their family from Carver’s Natural Farms! They are a recent addition to our market family and have been sharing their pasture-raised chicken and gourmet garlic with us for a few weeks now. We love having their littles at the market with us and seeing their smiles and adventures every Saturday!

Located in Petrolia, Carver’s Natural Farms is a small, family run farm that first began raising chickens only for their own consumption. They soon decided to expand and join the Artisanal Chicken Program of Ontario so they could share their chicken with others such as ourselves!

This is their first year attending markets, and they love being “able to connect with people who appreciate and respect the way we do what we do.” When they first joined our farmers’ market, they were only offering whole chickens; now, you can pick up various cuts as well! (Super exciting!)

In addition to their chicken, they also raise pigs (which are not available at the market…yet) and grow nine varieties of gourmet garlic including Persian Star, Crème de la Rosa, Kostyn’s Red and German Red. Garlic is more varied than you know – ask the Carvers on Saturday which garlic is best for your needs!

When it comes to their chicken, the Carvers choose certified organic feed, and raise their chickens on pasture. “Our chickens live out their lives on Pasture, free to roam, peck around, eat bugs, grass and Alfalfa.” They don’t only do this for the animals or for the quality of the product, but also for the land. Their animals fertilize the soil so nature can flourish!

“After years of dreaming about creating a sustainable homestead for us and our family,” write the Carvers, “we made our vision a reality, of not only creating a home for us and our 3 boys, but creating a way of life, and a community of agriculture for those who wish to know where their food comes from.”

Knowing where your food comes from is the most important part of our farmers’ market! You can meet the people who raise and grow your food, and ask them why they choose to do it in the way they do – they’ve usually thought about their choices for years and have good reasons. Come meet the Carvers this Saturday and get to know your farmers and your food!

Head to their website and social media to learn more about Carver’s Natural Farms, their farming practices, and information on how to pre-order and arrange delivery. And sign up for their newsletter to get all the updates!

Who Can You Find at the Market this weekend?

This is the list, folks! See who you can find at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, August 22nd. Click on their names to find information on pre-orders and to learn more about their farms and businesses!

Check out their websites for more information about their products and to see what’s in season/currently available!

LIVE MUSIC (10 A.M. to 12 P.M.): This Saturday, we have Ben Heffernan performing for us!