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We’re about ten days away from the first long weekend of the year, and if you’re anything like us, that’s something to look forward to.There’s nothing like grilling up your favourite foods on a beautiful spring day, enjoying fresh air and feeling the warm sun on your face! (Thank you, Queen Victoria, for giving us this annual tradition in honour of your birthday.)

We hope you have a hammock, a Muskoka chair or another comfortable spot to relax outdoors this weekend (better yet, a backyard pool). Here are a few ideas to help you shop for the long weekend.

Grill up something good

There are a few backyard BBQ classics that never go out of style, and VG Meats has them all. Load up on delicious steaks, pork chops, pork ribs, sausages, hot dogs and chicken breasts (don’t forget your favourite spice rubs). All of these options are perfect with a delicious homemade potato salad, some grilled vegetables or a big scoop of coleslaw. Yum!

If you’ve got a smoker or a rotisserie, consider a beef brisket or a tender whole chicken. It’s all about low and slow, especially on a long weekend! Take your time and reap the tasty rewards.

The Great Burger Event (it’s kind of a big deal)

When you think about a long weekend BBQ in your backyard, burgers immediately come to mind. Knowing this, VG Meats has prepared a special sale for the Victoria Day long weekend. For a limited time starting Monday, May 17th, VG Meats will be hosting The Great Burger Event online. Get ready for amazing deals on your favourite beef burgers, chicken patties and more. Stock up on your favourites for the long weekend, or for the whole summer!

These deals will be available online only through VGfarmtocity.ca. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for the announcement that it’s gone live!

Happy long weekend

We may not be able to gather this long weekend, but we can cook up something delicious, enjoy the sunshine and have a (well deserved) weekend of rest and relaxation. Here’s to Victoria Day — and The Great Burger Event!

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Mother’s Day weekend is almost here and as always, we’re thinking about two very important things: what to eat, and how to properly celebrate the mothers and mother-figures in our lives. Let’s start with the first part: Mother’s Day brunch or dinner!

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to each of the VG brothers individually by getting them to answer ten questions about life, business and their role at VG Meats. We already introduced Kevin and Chad, and today we’re talking to brother #3, Kyle.

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Today, on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day — an important reminder to focus on how we can take better care of our lands and waters throughout the year, contributing to a better future for our families, communities and planet. It’s something we’re passionate about, and why regenerative agriculture means so much to the VG Meats team and the Van Groningen family.

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Spending time outside in the sunshine on a beautiful day feels good. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures that never gets old, and it’s especially enjoyable in the springtime, when the weather is often hit and miss. Think about it...a warm, sunny day in the summer? Awesome. But a warm, sunny day in the middle of spring? That feels AMAZING. You’ve got to make the most of those days, because the rain could be lurking just behind you in the forecast. So get outside, light up the BBQ and enjoy every second!

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If you’re a longtime VG Meats’ customer, you’re probably somewhat familiar with our story. VG Meats is a fourth generation family business that is currently run by four brothers: Cory, Chad, Kyle and Kevin Van Groningen. We learned everything we know from our parents and grandparents, and we love what we do.

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Easter weekend is officially here and while we’ve been very busy keeping up with your orders for delicious Ontario turkey, ham, lamb and roast beef, we know there are always some last minute shoppers. (Is that you? It’s okay, we don’t judge.) Thanks as always for your support of our local, family-run business — it truly means the world to us, and we’re grateful!

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Easter is happening fairly early this year, so the big day is sneaking up on a lot of families (in case you haven’t marked your calendar yet: Easter Sunday is April 4th). Fortunately, VG Meats is here to remind you to plan your Easter dinner and order those delicious local turkeys, hams, roasts and more. Here are a few options — but remember, anything goes! Cook up whatever your family loves and enjoy a restful weekend. You deserve it!

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We love a good home-cooked meal, and we love a good life hack. And when you combine the two? You’re golden. With warmer temperatures expected across the province, we’re looking forward to more meals cooked on the BBQ. Here’s our quick and easy guide to getting two meals out of one use of your grill.

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to each of the brothers individually by getting them to answer ten questions about life, business and their role at VG Meats. Today, we’re starting with the youngest — Kevin.

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There’s something nice about slowing down and taking your time when making a meal — a slow roasted pork tenderloin, a roast beef with potatoes and Yorkshire puddings, or maybe a rotisserie chicken on your backyard grill. These are all delicious, satisfying meals — but let’s get real. A lot of us can barely find 30 minutes to prepare dinner on a busy weekday, and these slow roasts are best saved for the weekend or your day off.

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Even with all of the snow we’ve had in recent weeks, Ontario is a great place to hike year round. In fact, some people genuinely prefer to hike in winter! After all, the scenery is beautiful, the winter birds are gorgeous and there’s nothing like the satisfying crunch of fresh snow under your boots. Plus, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, it’s great to have access to an activity that’s safe, enjoyable and good for you!

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