Haanover View Farms
Accountable. That’s the word Renata Haan uses to describe the philosophy her family takes when it comes to the food that Haanover Farms produces. Accountable means using old-school production methods that ensure healthy soils – and the future of the farm. Accountable means raising their pigs, grass-fed beef, rabbits and chickens in an environmentally conscious way. Accountable means that they understand and stand behind how their products are processed.
Haan never planned on being a farmer. Trained as a nurse in Germany, she met husband-to-be xxxxxx on a trip to Canada as a tourist, and she laughs, “The rest is history.” They began farming fulltime 26 years ago, a relatively small-scale operation with a commitment to producing nutritious and flavourful meat. Since 2005, the have been selling directly to their customers through farmers’ markets in Belleville, Gananoque and in Kingston at the Memorial Centre and directly at their farm. Their meat can also be found at restaurants in Prince Edward County and in the Belleville-Kingston area.
“We’ve been with Quinn’s about ten years now,” says Haan. “We use them to process all our pork. My customers love what they do, especially with the value-added products like sausages and kielbasa. Quinn’s ownership has changed recently, but says Hahn, “There have been no changes for us since Kara took over.”
A good thing. Local companies like Quinn’s are “very hard to find these days,” Haan says. And that’s critical “for small scale livestock operations. If you there isn’t a butcher at the end and you can’t do it yourself, you’re out of luck. We’re really grateful that they kept going.”