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All About Bessie

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  • Why Are You Called Bessie?

    Bessie ignited from the passion of preparing, cooking and eating good food with good people.

    By kindling close relationships with local farmers, we strive to make food work for all people. Bessie takes care of our family with healthy natural meats from locally raised farms. Taking our food from the farm and extending the impact well past our tables.

  • Who Cares For Bessie Animals?

    Bessie works with honest and responsible farmers who love and respect for their animals. We only source our fish and meats through experienced, independent farms—never from concentrated feedlots or meat brokers. 

    We highlight local Alberta farms and share as much about the breeds and how farmers care for their animals as possible. 

    Curious about our farms? Read more about our Farmers here.

  • What Do Bessie Animals Eat?

    Bessie takes a down-to-earth approach putting the well-being of animals first. All Bessie animals are raised without the use of added hormones or antibiotics. If an animal does get sick, we use treatment (under veterinarian guidance) to save its life. Any animal treated with an antibiotic will be removed from the herd, and the meat will not be sold to any customers.

    Bessie animals are not implanted with growth hormones or use antibiotic feed additives -- it simply isn't necessary for our animals and the space they are raised in.

    Canadian regulations for meat are very stringent. Every meat we eat in Canada must undergo a withdrawal time, mandated by the CFIA, to ensure no antibiotics end up in the meat that touches our plates.

  • What Should I know About Growth Hormones & Antibiotics?

    Bessie takes a down-to-earth approach that puts the well-being of animals first. All Bessie animals are raised without the use of added hormones or antibiotics. If an animal does get sick, we will use treatment (under veterinarian guidance) to save its life. We help them when they need it.

    Any animal treated with an antibiotic will then be removed from the herd and the meat will not be sold to any customers. Bessie doesn't implant growth hormones or use antibiotic feed additives because it simply isn't necessary for our animals and the space they are raised in. 

    That being said, Canadian regulations for meat are very strong. Every meat we eat in Canada must undergo a withdrawal time (mandated by the CFIA) to ensure that no antibiotics end up in the meat that touches our plates.

  • Who's Our Butcher?

    We work with a local abattoir that cuts all of our meats right down to our detailed request.

    All orders are portion-wrapped in vacuum-sealed packages for compact storage and ready to be pulled out of your freezer for a great meal, regardless of group size.

  • Are Bessie Products Certified Organic?

    Bessie operates with select partnering farms depending on the product and on the region. Bessie travels to every farm and completes quality assurance checks for animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and ethical industry practices. Many of these quality assurance checks are identical to those needed for organic certification.

    Even though Bessie's standards are just as high as these certification bodies, not all farms are the right fit for certification. Third-party certification can be prohibitively expensive for our farms, and we understand when they choose not to be certified.

    So, while farms may not be Certified Organic, most of our farmers operate within these ethics and guidelines.

    Please contact us with any specific questions related to Bessie products, and we will do our best to answer them in full detail.

  • Are Bessie Products Certified Halal Zabiha or Kosher?

    Bessie is working to gain Halal Zabiha (machine slaughter) certification for our beef products. Please note, this process is still humane and done with the utmost care for the animal.

    Bessie's chicken is Halal Zabiha certified! The High River Colony (High River, AB) hand-slaughters their chicken in an inspected facility. Their facility is located right beside where their chickens are raised. The entire process is handled with care and respect.

    Please contact us if you would like to know more or make a purchase for a halal product. We will be able to help you out!

  • Where Does Bessie Deliver To?

    We deliver to Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie, Okotoks, Chestermere, Edmonton, Stony Plain, Devon/Nisku, Sherwood Park, Beaumont, Leduc, St. Albert, & Fort Saskatchewan.

    We do offer pick ups! Send us an email at get@bessiebox.com.

  • How Much Does Delivery Cost?

    $10 for anything less than $50. Free for antyhing more than $50.

  • Does Bessie Deliver Through Fedex?

    No. We use local couriers and currently, we use our own drivers.

  • When Does Bessie Deliver?

    That depends on the area!

    For Calgary, we deliver Tuesday/Thursday from 2 - 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 8 - 12 p.m.

    For Cochrane, Airdrie, Okotoks etc., we deliver Tuesday/Thursday 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 - 12 p.m.

    For Edmonton and area, we deliver Tuesday/Thursday between 5-8 p.m.