I , along with a great group of fellow bloggers, have been invited to experience the daily operations at Burnbrae Farms in Lyn, Ontario. This is my chance to go behind the scenes of a large family operation! The neat thing about this tour is that our host is the family who owns the farm. I will be learning about eggs and farming including the grading station, conventional barn, enriched barn, free run barn, horse and black Angus cattle barn. OH! And if I find out what came first…. I will reveal the secret!
The tour will also highlight recipes with eggs and egg products. I am trying to get my family eating healthier, simply by eating real food. What do I consider real food? If there are more than 5 ingredients on the label I try to limit or skip buying it entirely. I am also participating in a CSA (Community-supported agriculture) this summer for the first time. We will make weekly trips to a local farm to pick up bountiful baskets of locally grown fruits and vegetables. I love this distribution system that directly connects farmers and consumers. To me, this only makes sense and is a no-brainer. It will be a neat experience to witness the farm part of the “farm to table” route of Burnbrae eggs.
My past farm experiences and memories
I have never lived on a farm BUT I have visited a few so I will not be completely out of my element! My family and I have visited an uncle’s farm for family get togethers, Christmas celebrations and even a wedding. The kids excitedly waking up early to help work in the barn with their uncle is a great memory that I cherish. Another great memory is my then 4-year-old daughter running up to her uncle to declare excitedly “Your barn is infested with kittens!!”. A cousin’s wedding at the family farm is another memory that our family will cherish forever.
I also have a thing for old barns that is so serious I have told my husband to pull over so I can take a picture! Maybe I was a farmer in a past life?
Did you know that Burnbrae is a family owned and operated?
The family farm is over 120 years old and had its beginnings as a cattle farm. Joseph Hudson left Scotland in the late 1800’s and purchased a 100 acre farm in Lyn, Ontario. Joseph named the farm Burnbrae. “Burn” is a Scottish name for a stream and “Brae” is a hillside. I will be on the lookout for the namesake features on my tour!
In 1943 Joseph’s grandson Joe, whose parents had taken over the farm, raised 50 Leghorn chicks to laying hens as part of a high school project. The hens became a side business to the dairy herd. By the end of Joe’s high school career in 1948 there were 3,000 laying hens. By 1956 an expansion was built on the new barn to house the hens. The laying hens had grown to 20,000! Burnbrae began grading eggs to ship to Steinberg’s in Montreal, the company’s first large grocery chain store account. My first job was at a Steinberg’s…. a little later than 1956.
That is how the family business was started and how it grew into what it is today.
Burnbrae Farms is a thriving participant in Canadian agribusiness— selling eggs and egg products to many of the major grocery chains, food service operations and large bakery customers throughout Canada and the U.S.A. It continues to be privately owned and operated by the Hudson family. ~Burbrae Farms
I love the history of this farm and can’t wait to learn more. I guess that is the genealogy and family history lover in me.
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See you on the farm!!
Disclosure: I am participating in the Burnbrae Farms Blogger Farm Tour program as a guest of Burnbrae Farms. All opinions are 100% my own.