Featured Vendors: Caroline Meats City Market and Klein Farms

Featured Vendors

Last week we caught up with two more of our seasonal vendors, Caroline Meats City Market and Klein Farms. Here is a summary of their interviews. 

Caroline Meats City Market

How did you start your business?

My wife was set up next to the Caroline Meats the Butcher shop at the Red Deer Markets on Saturday last year, and she was slow at her work so she started helping them out and they offered her a job and one thing led to another and we opened up a store with them in Red Deer. 

What kind of products do you sell?

We have all kinds of beef and pork and we specialize in smoked meats, like smoked pork chops and smoked sausages.

What is your “must try” product?

The smoked pork chops or the jalapeno cheese pepperoni, they're my favourite, and the bacon’s really good too!

What makes you unique?

We only use real ingredients, it’s all hand cut, handmade. There are no additives, or fillers or by products, so you're getting just straight meat.

What is your favourite thing to sell?

Probably briskets, because everyone loves a good brisket and as soon as they see it the say “oh, it looks so good!”

Can you find your product anywhere else?

We have a store 47 4942 46 street, just around the corner and in Caroline at the butcher shop.

Do you attend any other markets?

I attend pretty much every market in Central Alberta, but personally I do this one, the one in Blackfalds, and Saturday in Bentley.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

The Downtown Business Association actually approached me, and I have known about it for quite a few years, everyone knows about the Downtown Red Deer Market.

What is your favourite thing about being in Downtown Red Deer?

The Downtown Market always has such great core vendors and there's always the same people, I find that there's always good repeat business each week.

Klein Farms

How did you start your business?

It happened by accident; I would say. We bought some chickens for ourselves, and before they were fully feathered, I had sold them to a few neighbours and the word got out and we got the next flock and it organically grew on itself, we found all the little old ladies in the area that were retiring and moving to town and their families were looking for a good old fashioned raised farm bird and we kind of filled that niche. It wasn’t something that we set out to do, but it seems to be working for us.

What kind of products do you sell?

Chicken! Chicken, chicken, or chicken. Chicken in whole birds, chicken in half bird, chicken bird in a bag, that would be a cut a part bird in a bag all done up for you, just give it a rinse and go to work,  look like a professional, boneless, skinless breasts, thighs,  drums, wings, and seven different flavours of hand de-bones all natural sausage. And in the fall at thanksgiving we have fresh turkeys and we also have turkeys at Christmas.

What is your “must try” product?

Probably the sausage and the whole bird. A good old fashioned raised whole bird is something else.

What makes you unique?

Who else do you know that does chicken sausage? Who else do you know that’s doing free range chickens at the farmers markets?

What is your favourite thing to sell?

I enjoy selling it all! I really enjoy when the customers come back and they say, “I tried this sausage” or “I tried your chicken and its amazing.” All the great repour we get back from our customers, it’s the best part of selling.

Can you find your product anywhere else?

We do five farmers markets a week through Central Alberta. We do Innisfail, Red Deer, Blackfalds and Lacombe and you can come to our farm, by appointment only, and get a discount.

Do you attend any other markets?

We attend five markets a week through Central Alberta in the summer and one or two in the winter in Red Deer.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

I was one of the first vendors at the market when it started 11 years ago.  I was one of the founders.

What is your favourite thing about being in Downtown Red Deer?

The people! The people and the market. People are there to shop, not there to drink their coffee and wander around, they’re getting their produce and their products and they’re grateful to have us in the area too.

Be sure to check out Caroline Meats City Market and Klein Farms at this weeks Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m! And check back next week for our next featured vendors. 

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