• Are you wanting to support a local farm that raises grassfed beef using regenerative principles?
  • Do you want to try ordering bulk beef but have limited freezer space?
  • Do you look at the price of a Quarter Beef and wonder how you can budget spending that amount at once? 
  • Are you tired of fluctuating prices of meat at the grocery store and wish to have a guaranteed, stable monthly cost that you can budget for?
  • Are you adventurous and open to trying a variety of cuts while learning more about how to use them?

Then our ‘Meat Share’ subscription program (or, the ‘Beef Box’) might be perfect for you…

What You Get:

A Quarter Grassfed Beef, Plus…

When you sign up for a Beef Box, you will receive the equivalent cuts that a person gets when ordering our Quarter (split half) Grassfed Beef – a wide variety of cuts from both the fore and hind sections of the animal. In addition to those cuts, you’ll also get to sample one of each of our all-beef burger patties, and five different sausage recipes (Italian, All-Beef, Honey Dill & Garlic, Smokies, Breakfast). All sausages except for all-beef are 50/50 with pastured pork, so please indicate if this will be an issue for you.

Here is the general breakdown of cuts you’ll receive, over the period of 6 or 12 months.

  • Approx. 24 lbs / 9 pkgs of roasts (cross-rib, sirloin tip, inside/outside round, eye of round, chuck)
  • Approx. 22 lbs / 21 pkgs of steaks (tenderloin, ribeye, strip loin, t-bone, top sirloin, round, tri-tip, skirt)
  • Approx. 24 lbs / 24 pkgs of ground beef 
  • Approx. 6 lbs / 5 pkgs of short ribs
  • Approx. 4 lbs / 4 pkgs of stew beef
  • Approx. 2.75 lbs / 1 pkg of brisket
  • Approx. 8 lbs bones (2 lbs meaty soup bones, 6 lbs marrow/knuckle bones)
  • Approx. 1.75 lbs burger patties
  • Approx. 1 lb ea x 5 types of sausages.

The total quantity of beef received will be about 97 lbs, or 8.1 lbs for monthly/12 month pick-up; or 16.2 lbs for bimonthly 12-month or monthly 6-month pickup.

Please note: You will not be able to choose which cuts you receive each month – this is the part of the program that helps us distribute our beef in bulk, to many different households instead of just a few.

What you can expect to receive each month, consistently:

SAMPLE 12-MONTH, MONTHLY PICK-UP BEEF BOX: (see photo below for visual example)

  • 2 lbs / pkgs of ground beef
  • One roast, ~2 lbs short ribs, or beef brisket
  • 2 steaks
  • One package of either: stew beef, soup bones, sausages, burger patties

(For a bimonthly pick-up or 6-month Beef Box, you will receive double this amount.)

Pictured is an example of the quantity you might receive with a monthly 12-month Beef Box.

How it Works:

Choose the quantity and frequency of pick-up that works best for you.

  • 12-month Beef Box:
    • February to January (Monthly or Bimonthly pick-up options) – 8 lbs grassfed beef, variety of cuts
  • 6-month Beef Box:
    • February to July; August to January. (Option to choose one, or both 6-month periods) Monthly pick-up only – 16 lbs grassfed beef, variety of cuts

It’s up to you to decide whether you want to consume all of the beef in your household, or split a subscription with someone else. (If you do split, please know that we will only have one person as the main contact for billing and will not split the Beef Box into smaller quantities.)

Monthly Pick-up:

There will be one set pick-up date each month that you will need to commit to, or arrange for someone else to pick up for you in the case that you cannot. (A full schedule of 2023-24 dates are listed, below.) Each month, you will be able to choose between 2 different pick-up Winnipeg locations and times. There are a total of 4 locations, switching every other month. It does not matter to us where you pick up. If you select bimonthly, we may have limited options particularly once our list starts filling up. There may be options for delivery for rural customers outside of Winnipeg, especially if you are located on our route.

Bimonthly Pick-up (every other month):

You will be expected to pick up a minimum of 16 lbs (equivalent of 2 monthly 12-month Beef Boxes) every other month, with this arrangement. This works well for people that prefer one particular pick-up location, as we alternate every other month. Please note that bimonthly members are still invoiced every month, so the cost is spread out over the whole period, the same as those picking up monthly.

Our pick-up locations are approved outdoor parking lot areas around Winnipeg. We abide by all public health and safety measures.

We have been buying food from Fresh Roots farm for as long as they have existed and can’t recommend it highly enough! The quality of the product is fantastic and I love supporting a farm that I know cares about the future of our planet and society. I especially love their meat share program as it is a great way to access the cost savings of bulk purchasing without the stress on your freezer or wallet.

Anna L., Beef Box member 2020-2022

Choose your preferred add-ons, if you like.

Options for items that you may add-on to your regular beef order every month include:

  • Jar (or pail) of our raw honey (500g jar, 1kg jar, 3kg pail, 5kg pail). We now offer a 15% discount to Meat Share members that choose a regular add-on (must receive the same size container at each pick-up).
  • Eggs, from our pasture-raised hens. Meat Share members receive a discounted price of $5.50/dozen on eggs (regular $6.50). Meat Share members always get first dibs on available eggs. We ask for minimum order of 2 dozen/month up to any amount you wish to regularly commit to. This number can change a few times throughout the year when we reassess our egg availability.
  • Donation to our Food Accessibility Program. If you feel it is within your means to add $5 to each monthly invoice, your contributions will help go towards the subsidization of a Beef Box for low-income families, that will have an opportunity to receive the same amount of meat as any other member, but at 75% of the price. **If you identify as low-income and would like to apply to receive one of these Meat Share spots, please email us. We will have a limited number of spots for the 2022 program year and choose randomly from an interest list; no questions asked.

These are all optional and not required. There will also be opportunities for members to add-on additional items (ie. anything offered in our online store that month) including some regular products that are not offered as part of the Beef Box, such as primal ground beef, stir fry beef, minute steaks. NEW for 2023: Meat Share members will receive 10% off all add-on orders of our own products (grassfed beef, raw honey)! This discount will not apply to products from other producers that we are offering. Extra eggs are not consistently available and are best done as add-on if you want the guarantee.

Other local Manitoba-made items we may have available for you to add to your order include:

  • Adagio Acres organic naked rolled oats
  • Flora & Farmer preserves (ie. jams, spreads, kraut)
  • NEW! 1882 Fruit-based Hot Sauces
  • NEW! La Cocina corn tortillas
  • Seasonal: spray-free garlic from LeeVan Farms

Included in your subscription are 2 x Fresh Roots Farm branded jumbo grocery reusable tote bags (these are for you to receive your orders in, and switch with the second one by returning it each month) and then you can keep both bags upon completion of the program. It’s true, the Beef ‘Box’ is in all reality a BAG (but we think box sounds better).

We also offer a great recipe book called “Cooking Grassfed Beef: Recipes from Nose to Tail” by author/farmer Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm, at 50% of the regular offered price ($10 instead of $20).

We are excited to announce that we will be once again be collaborating with other farmer friends, including The Dogs Run Farm for much of 2023. This regenerative farm offers a variety of products, including: pastured pork, grassfed lamb, pasture-raised chickens and turkeys and other specialty products from the farm like garlic, natural soaps and sheepskins. You will be able to order anything you like directly from them for pick-up at our same pick-up time/locations (excluding the Summer months when they distribute via farmer’s market). In the past, we have collaborated with other farms offering products such as wool products and vegetables, though we do not know at this time if these partnerships will be happening for sure.

Enjoy members-only perks.

We hope to offer a members-only farm tour sometime during Spring or Summer 2023. You and your family will get a chance to come see how and why we produce your food, using regenerative practices on our land near Cartwright, MB!

Receive a Quarterly e-Newsletter made just for Meat Share subscribers, that will include recipe ideas on how to use the various cuts in your Beef Box, photos from the farm, info about products available from collaborating farms, recipe submissions or tips from fellow Meat Share members, and more! If you feel intimidated by receiving a bunch of beef cuts you won’t know how to use, don’t fear: we’ve got you covered!

Community: We offer an optional Facebook group where members will be able to share with each other about recipes they’re trying, questions for us and other members, and to generally share excitement about local foods. This is also a way for our members to hear first about limited time offers.   

You’ll get an option to receive SMS text message reminders (in addition to email) about your upcoming Meat Share pick-up.

You will also receive the monthly brief emails that go out to our larger customer base, letting you know what new or discounted products we have for offer that particular month.

Cost:

All program options require a $50 deposit upon confirming participation, which is refundable upon completion of program. No other payments are required until the first month of pick-up. Billing will be done via credit card on 5th of each month; option to save card on file for automatic payment. (If payment via credit card is absolutely not accessible for you, please contact us to discuss alternative payment options.)

There are no taxes or delivery fees on top of the advertised cost. We do charge a 20% handling fee for any missed pick-ups.

12-MONTH BEEF BOX, monthly pick-up:

  • 8.1 lbs beef /month
  • $89 / month

12-MONTH BEEF BOX, bimonthly pick-up:

  • 16.2 lbs beef / every other month
  • $89 / month

6-MONTH BEEF BOX, monthly pick-up:

  • 16.2 lbs beef / month
  • $169 / month 

We are offering a limited number of 12-month Beef Boxes to persons who self-identify as lower-income. If you feel that you fit that category, and in particular if you identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2S+, we invite you to apply to participate in our Food Accessibility Program, that offers this subscription at a 25% subsidized rate ($67/month).

If you wish to donate towards this fund, please select “Donation to Food Accessibility Program” in our online store.

Delivery Schedule 2023-24:

**Please note that pick-up is on the 2nd Saturday (afternoon) in winter months, and 2nd Thursday (afternoon/evening) in summer months. Most months have 4 weeks between pick-up, though some months will have 5. Dates, times and locations are subject to minor changes.

These delivery dates and times are the same for subscription and non-subscription customers! 

Saturday, February 11:

  • RIVER HEIGHTS (location TBA) 1:00-2:00pm
  • ST. BONIFACE (Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd) 3:00-4:00pm

Saturday, March 11:

  • WOSLELEY (Portage Avenue Church, 1420 Portage Ave.), 1:00-2:00pm
  • NORTH KILDONAN (North Kildonan Mennonite Church, 1131 Roch St.), 3:00-4:00pm

Saturday, April 8:

  • RIVER HEIGHTS, 1-2
  • ST. BONIFACE, 3-4

Saturday, May 13:

  • WOLSELEY, 1-2
  • NORTH KILDONAN, 3-4

Thursday, June 8:

  • RIVER HEIGHTS, 3-4
  • ST. BONIFACE, 5-6

Thursday, July 13:

  • WOLSELEY, 3-4
  • NORTH KILDONAN, 5-6

Thursday, August 10:

  • RIVER HEIGHTS, 3-4
  • ST. BONIFACE, 5-6

Thursday, September 14:

  • WOLSELEY, 3-4
  • NORTH KILDONAN, 5-6

Thursday, October 12:

  • RIVER HEIGHTS, 3-4
  • ST. BONIFACE, 5-6

Saturday, November 11:

  • WOLSELEY, 1-2
  • NORTH KILDONAN, 3-4

Saturday, December 9:

  • RIVER HEIGHTS, 1-2
  • ST. BONIFACE, 3-4

Saturday, January 13 (2024):

  • WOLSELEY, 1-2
  • NORTH KILDONAN, 3-4

*Please Note: Delivery dates/times may be subject to change. If you unable to pick-up an order, you may arrange for a friend or family member to pick-up for you. Single missed deliveries will still be charged to the customer, ie. this is a commitment to a monthly or bimonthly pick-up schedule, that we expect subscribers to honour. Members who miss a pick-up will be charged a 20% handling fee on their next invoice. We will not be expected to hold packages over for an extra pick-up period if you are unable to attend pick-up. You have the option to defer your (paid) package to a low-income household via our Food Accessibility Program. Subscribers deciding to opt out of the program mid-completion will not be charged for subsequent deliveries, but will not be refunded their $50 deposit.

Want to join us as a Meat Share member? Select either the 6-month or 12-month Beef Box options under “Meat Share subscriptions” in our online store.

Here are some of the reasons our Meat Share members have wanted to join the program:

The ease and convenience of quality meat, without the need to buy and store the entire cow at once.

Vanessa P. Meat Share Member 2020-2022

We wanted to buy our beef directly from a farm, and like the option of splitting the cost evenly throughout the year.

Kristina M., Beef Box member 2020-2022

Sourcing nutritious food that is grown and raised by people in a way that cares for the environment is important to us. We like to know exactly where are food comes from. Also unpacking our tote bag to see what’s in there feels like Christmas every time!

Rebecca P., Beef Box member 2021-2022

What our Meat Share members say about the support we offer in education, meal ideas, community:

The newsletter was a nice check in, and the recipe ideas were inspiring! The recommended cookbook that you sell was very helpful in finding uses for all the cuts and cooking them well.

Lex V., Beef Box member 2019, 2022

I found customer service, top notch, and enjoy reading the newsletter every time it comes out.

Vanessa P., Beef Box member 2020-2022

Some of the transformations Meat Share members and their families have made since joining:

We got into the practice of cooking a roast or other large cut on the weekend and incorporating the leftovers into quick weeknight meals, which kicked off some additional weekend meal prepping.

Lex V., Beef Box member 2019, 2022

So much meal planning…but that’s my jam! I keep an inventory of all the meat we have in our freezer next to my meal planner, and base our plan off what we have. Obviously it cuts down trips to the grocery store. I think meat shares (and all farm-type shares for that matter) are an awesome thing to join if you like meal planning and scratch cooking as much as I do.

Rebecca P., Beef Box member 2021-2022

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