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Hello friends and neighbours! We hope you’re all doing well and remaining healthy during this unique and challenging time. As you likely know, things have been very busy at VG Meats as we continue to operate in order to help feed our community. We’ve implemented additional cleaning and sanitation procedures in response to Covid-19 (read about that here, if you missed it) and are doing our best to keep up with increased demand. As this is an evolving situation, we wanted to share a few timely updates to keep our customers informed. Thanks for reading, and let us know if you have any questions!

Your delivery may be delayed

Delivery requests through VGFarmtoCity.ca are booming as many customers are choosing to stay healthy by staying home. Our team is working hard to get deliveries out as quickly as possible, but some orders may be delayed between two and four days due to high volume. Thank you for your patience and understanding - we are doing our best to minimize these wait times and get those deliveries out ASAP!

We’re adding to our team!

In order to keep up with demand, we’re adding to our team. All applicants must be qualified and meet strict Covid-19 screenings (no symptoms, no recent travel, a willingness to closely adhere to self distancing guidelines and cleaning/sanitation practices). Please visit our careers page to learn more about this opportunity.

Our Stoney Creek store will be closed on Monday, March 30th

In order to facilitate a full restock of the store, our retail location in Stoney Creek will be closed on Monday, March 30th. The stores will be given an extra deep clean and restocked at this time. You can continue to order online via VGFarmtoCity.ca or visit us in store after this date. Please note that we have modified hours at this time to allow for extra cleaning and sanitizing measures. 


Thanks again for your patience and positivity. Stay healthy, and please call or message us on Facebook if you have any questions!

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Cory Van Groningen
Over the past week, demand for VG Meats products and our Farm to City delivery service in particular has grown exponentially. We are honoured that so many people are trusting us to provide food for their families, knowing that we value quality and food safety above all else. We detailed our commitment to your health and safety in last week’s blog - please review this message if you haven’t already! Read more
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With the COVID-19 situation leading to increasing preventative measures across Canada and around the world, it’s been an unusual and somewhat stressful week for many of our customers. There’s been a lot of information and emotion to process, particularly when the news began to hit closer to home. Many of us have had to make work-related adjustments and now, it’s been confirmed that children in Ontario will be off school for the next three weeks. It’s definitely not “business as usual” for Ontarians, but that said, we’re glad that this health crisis is being handled swiftly and that these precautions are being taken. It may be a challenging month ahead, but in the long run, we believe this too shall pass.

Safety is always our priority

As a food producer, we have always been extremely diligent about food safety, frequent handwashing, sanitation and other matters that contribute to public health. We have long-standing routines that exceed the minimum standard, and in recent days, we’re increased those measures even further. For example, in addition to the usual cleaning and sanitization routines we practice on the farm, in our plant and in our retail stores, we are now sanitizing surfaces every half hour. This includes the entire retail store kitchen and food prep area as well as counters and other surfaces on the customer-facing side. We’re sanitizing fridge and freezer doors, the entrance to our store, the cash register area and other high-touch or high traffic areas.


Our team has always worn gloves while handling food and it is normal for us to practice thorough hand washing and sanitizing routines. We will continue to make this a priority during the COVID-19 situation and beyond, as cleanliness is a cornerstone of our business. In short, your safety has always mattered to us, and we are proud to offer cleanliness you can trust.

Avoiding stores? We can deliver.

If you want to shop in store, we’d be happy to see you - we’ve taken all the necessary precautions and then some, and we’re confident that our cleaning practices will exceed your expectations. That said, we understand the stress this situation is creating for many people and are happy to provide home delivery that employs the same stringent cleaning and sanitation routines. If you’re choosing to avoid crowds or public spaces, please consider placing an order online at VGFarmtoCity.ca. We are pleased to offer home delivery to over 55 locations across Southern Ontario. We have implemented additional handwashing and hand sanitization processes with our delivery team. We can hand deliver your order or simply leave it on your porch - whatever you’re most comfortable with. Please feel free to call us at the store if you have any questions - we’d be happy to help!

Remember: it’s going to be ok.

The main message we want to get across here today is that things are going to be ok. Times may feel uncertain, but this situation is temporary. When it comes down to it, we’re very privileged to live in a country where we have the resources to identify the illness in individuals and take adequate precautions. We have a community that cares for one another, and that’s invaluable. Let’s try to remember this on days we feel frustrated - while it’s a strange time in many ways, there is much reason to feel gratitude and hope.


Thanks for reading, and all the best from the entire VG Meats team.

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There have been a few exciting things happening behind the scenes at VG Meats, and we wanted to take this opportunity to fill you all in on some news. If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you may already know - but in case you missed it, here we go again: VG Meats is pleased to announce that our Stoney Creek location now offers great products from our friends at Rowe Farms!

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Hello again, VGtarians! Our fresh pork sausage is on special in store this week and all we can say is WOO HOO - it’s time to get cooking! Sausage is a delicious and incredibly versatile protein with endless meal time possibilities. Here are a few ideas to inspire - now, go fill up that freezer with that pork sausage while it’s just $3.95/lb!

Casseroles

Sausage is perfect in a casserole because it pairs so nicely with pasta or rice. Try it in a tomato sauce based pasta dish, with rice and peppers, or with cauliflower, mushroom soup and parmesan cheese. Hungry? Here’s a great casserole your whole family will love!

Soup

Soup is one of those classic dishes that can be made into anything, from a simple broth to a hearty, homestyle meal. We love a big bowl of soup that includes the rich, salty goodness of sausage. Here’s a great recipe that includes hearty potatoes and traditional Italian flavours. Bon appetit!

Risotto

Sausage builds a ton of flavour in risotto. Try using chicken stock or vegetable broth as well as pork sausage and your favourite complementary vegetables. We love Italian Sausage with mushrooms, sweet onion and asparagus, but you can create any flavour profile you like. Need a recipe? Here’s a good one to get you started!

Sheet pan meals

Sheet pan meals are having a moment, and with good reason: they’re quick, easy, family-friendly and oh-so-delicious. Here’s a good recipe that uses sausage - or, create your own! Any mix of protein, vegetables, olive oil and seasoning will do. Enjoy!

Sausages are on sale in Simcoe and Stoney Creek until March 10, 2020. Take advantage of this and other great in-store deals to save big on your family’s favourite VG Meats products! Thanks for reading, and see you soon.

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Cory Van Groningen

More and more, we’re hearing about how busy our customers are. Work, family, community activities and extracurriculars, maintaining a home and having a social life - is it any wonder people want fast, delicious, satisfying meals? We get it, and we know you also want those meals to be healthy and local.

Don’t hit the drive-thru in a panic - plan ahead and eat better with this simple weekday meal plan from VG Meats. All of these meals require minimal prep time and clean-up. Try it out next week and let us know what you think!

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Cory Van Groningen
The Family Day holiday weekend is here and while it might not offer the warm temperatures and sunshine of other long weekends, there’s still plenty of fun things to do. Naturally, we hope you’ll stop by the store and get everything you need for a delicious family meal - we’ve got some great deals happening right now! Read more
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When our regular ground beef goes on special for just $2.25 per pound, it flies off the shelves...and guess what? It’s on sale now along with other great in-store deals. It’s the perfect time to stock up your freezer, but what happens next? Well, we have a few ideas... Read more
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Whether football is a big part of your life or you just really, really love nachos, this is a pretty exciting weekend. Yes, the Super Bowl is back and that means a few things: the biggest game of the year, awesome deals on your favourite game day foods AND our third annual chili competition! (Plus some J. Lo and Shakira at halftime, of course.)

Read on to learn more and please come out and see us in Stoney Creek this Saturday, February 1st between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Bring the whole family and be sure to arrive hungry - there will be a lot of amazing chili ready to be tasted!

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Life is busy. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, coupled up or raising a small herd of children - we’ve all got a lot going on, and it can be hard to find enough time (and energy!) to make a good meal. For some households, the solution is meal-prepping or batch cooking, but it’s easy to get tired of the same menu on repeat. Our suggestion? Use VG Meats to minimize cooking and still get a variety of delicious, healthy meals all week long. Here’s an example of how to grill chicken once and get three separate meals.

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While we believe it is important to celebrate local food and local food producers each and every day, Local Food Week is a once-a-year celebration where we can all show our appreciation for delicious local food! This June 5 - 11th, 2017, VG Meats is once again participating in Local Food Week with a few great events and activities.

This June 5 - 11th, 2017, VG Meats is once again participating in Local Food Week with a few great events and activities.

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