story by Christina Waldner
There’s nothing quite like Alberta beef – and no one sells better Alberta-raised Angus beef products at the Crossfield Farmers’ Market than Long-Run Ranch Beef.
“We’re third generation farmers and ranchers. Our business is basically taking the beef we’re raising on our ranch and marketing it to the public,” said Kevin Taks of the company. “What we’re producing is a locally-grown, ranch-raised premium beef. That’s what our end result is. We can provide anything from a whole animal to one steak.”
The business is located three kilometres west of Crossfield. Taks and his wife Amy started selling at the local farmers’ market in 2018 and have been very successful with their farm-raised, wrapped and packed beef products.
“I find (the Crossfield Farmers’ Market) very accessible. There’s tons of parking and a little bit of everything there – fresh baking, local fruits and vegetables, meat, beer, coffee,” Amy said. “I think that even if you’re in the city and you want to go to a good market, sometimes it’s just easier to drive out of town, rather than paying for parking.”
Being a vendor at the Crossfield Farmers’ Market allows the Taks’ to meet a variety of local people interested in what they are producing and selling.
“It’s a good environment to showcase our product,” Amy said. “There’s a lot of farm-fresh or homegrown, local products. We fit right in there.”
Almost 400 head of cattle call the ranch home, making it a full-time job for the couple.
“The majority of our time is devoted to raising cattle but we’ve been wanting to do this for a little while,” Amy said. “We really wanted to be able to give people a local product and a premium beef product, where people know exactly where it came from.”
All of the beef produced at Long-Run Ranch Beef is free from added hormones, according to Taks, and is classified as a natural product.
After having a successful year at the Crossfield Farmers’ Market in 2018, Taks said they plan to add a few more markets to their list in 2019. Amy noted some of their most popular products are made for dogs.
“We’ve been taking some of the larger leg bones on a cow and have been making small dog bones and dog food,” she said. “People who are used to feeding their dog the raw dog food diet – we have a product for them.”
For more information on the types of products Long-Run Ranch Beef offers, visit longrunranchbeef.ca.
The Crossfield Farmers’ Market, which is a member of the Alberta Farmers’ Markets Association, will be held Thursdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the Crossfield & District Community Centre starting June 6. A special spring market, which will be held inside the community centre, is planned for April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.