OXFORD STATION - The Beking family likes to put smiles on the faces of their customers by providing great-tasting eggs.
This third-generation farm uses natural farming methods, feeding their 23,000 free-roaming hens a vegetarian, all-grain diet free from animal by-products, hormones and antibiotics. Their slogans are 'Direct from farm to you' and 'Eggs the way they're supposed to taste.'
"We are a family farm with a focus on quality and freshness," says Cora Beking. They have more than 160 wholesale customers with fast delivery within a 100 km radius, including Ottawa. Beking's supplies eggs to many high-end restaurants, meat and health food stores throughout Eastern Ontario. They are a member of Savour Ottawa, an initiative promoting the city and area as a premier, year-round culinary destination with robust offerings of local food.
"People like to meet the farmer. They want to know they're getting local and fresh," says Cora. This is why they welcome people to the farm and attend several farmers' markets.
The farm has been in operation for over 5 decades. In 2005, the family retooled their barns to be cage-free like they had been in the 1960s. "We did our research and talked to our customers and we're really glad we did," says David Beking.
"Our name stands for a lot. People know our story, our reputation and our products," he says. The Beking family, including Cora's husband John, is very proud of their product and the longevity of their business. They are thrilled Beking eggs were served at Rideau Hall during a visit by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ate their eggs at Miller's Oven in Manotick. "We have lots of egg stories," says Cora.
Learn more about this growing Leeds Grenville family farm on their website
, email them or give them a call at 613-258-5396.You can also connect with them via Facebook
and Twitter @bekingseggs.