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MEADOWBROOK MEAT MARKET TO DELIVER GROCERIES IN BERWICK AREA STARTING JAN. 31

January 10th, 2018

Meadowbrook Meat Market owner Margie Lamb stands with operations manager Michael Trombley with their delivery truck, which will begin delivering groceries to customers Jan. 31. - Sara Ericsson

Market will look to later expand service around Annapolis Valley after first six months

BERWICK, NS – Meadowbrook Meat Market will soon be delivering a new service to customers in the Berwick area: home delivery for their groceries.

Market owner Margie Lamb is excited to roll out the new project. She, along with operations manager Michael Trombley, say the highly anticipated service was inspired largely by customers who asked whether they’d ever consider delivering products to homes.

But this was not the only reason Lamb felt the service was needed.

“We knew there was some demand, absolutely. We’re also hoping this can help those customers who either don’t own a vehicle or aren’t able to drive to our store,” she said.

The service is also the market’s way of staying current, following much larger conglomerates like Amazon and Wal-Mart that have a strong online presence.

“We certainly don’t want to get left behind,” said Trombley.

 

How it will work

The service was announced Jan. 5 and is slated to begin accepting grocery orders Jan. 31. Orders will be a minimum of $50, with a small delivery charge added to the final price.

There will be two ways to order – online, using the company’s Facebook page, or by calling the Somerset location at 902-538-1106.

“We wanted to ensure our customers who don’t use the Internet still had a way of using this service,” said Lamb.

Payments can also be made in a few ways, including paying online via Facebook Shop, at the door with cash, or even by debit or credit upon delivery.

As the service gets underway, orders will be delivered once per week, on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. through till 4 p.m.

Orders will be accepted throughout the week until Mondays at 1 p.m.

Lamb and Trombley are excited yet a little apprehensive, hoping the service – using Berwick as a test area – will work out.

“We’ve had lots of discussions over the past few weeks on how we’re going to do it, trying to make sure all our ducks are in a row. Until we do it, it’s going to be hard to tell if everything’s perfect,” said Trombley.

 

Possible expansion to come

Deliveries will be made to the Berwick area only for roughly six months, after which Lamb and Trombley will decide whether to expand delivering groceries, which include not only meats but many other types of products, further throughout the Annapolis Valley.

It’s a service they hope pans out, since it’s a win-win for everyone.

“I’m becoming a senior, and have good friends also getting older. This is something a lot of seniors, along with other people, can use,” said Lamb.

“It’s a good service that people want, so let’s hope this goes well so we can expand and bring this to more areas.”

To contact Meadowbrook Meat Market for information on this service, email hamitup@meadowbrookmeatmarket.com

Roger Flynn is part of Meadowbrook Meat Market's administrative team, and will be heading the new food certification program to be offered to the market's wholesale clients. - Sara Ericsson

New initiative promises quick turnaround for bookings

SOMERSET – While already certifiably awesome, Meadowbrook Meat Market is getting ready to offer a different kind of certification to its wholesale customers.

The business has launched the new initiative with the help of Roger Flynn, a member of their administrative team, who is a certified instructor of the Food Handler’s Certification Course.

Flynn is a registered food certification trainer, and will head the sessions, which will each last 6-8 hours, depending on group sizes, with the certification exam at the end.

Right around when Flynn was thinking setting up the new venture might mean great things for both the market and its wholesale clients, he got a call from someone who’d reached out to a certification program in Halifax.

“She told me she’d been notified that the earliest available time was at the end of the summer,” he said.

The market’s program is looking at a two to three-week turnaround, to make sure no one is left waiting.

“This is really where we can step in – we can cut down those wait times for our clients by offering the service ourselves,” said Flynn.

The service will certify those who participate with a basic level of food safety training. After taking the exam, certificates are valid for five years.

Flynn said he’s excited to see how the service will be used by different businesses within the Annapolis Valley area, since the certification is a mandatory one for most businesses dealing with food.

The service will also be a flexible one, with training sessions happening in the client’s own space – in an area like a lunch or meeting room – and will have flexible booking times.

“Markets, restaurants, cafes, they all need this service. This could really help people in our area out, since they wouldn’t have to wait months to complete the course. I’m excited to see people take advantage of this,” he said.

To book a class in advance, email Roger Flynn at hamitup@meadowbrookmeatmarket.com

SECOND ANNUAL RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER SCORES BIG IN BERWICK

February 13, 2018

Margie Lamb stands front right with Suzanne Spicer and Sherilyn Kinsman, two of her late husband Jim's sisters, who came out along with several other volunteers to support Lamb at the Jim's Babes and Bores hockey game, which raises money for their Relay for Life team. - Sara Ericsson

Margie Lamb, who organized fundraiser for Relay in memory of husband, Jim: Cancer 'has touched everyone'

BERWICK – Margie Lamb was feeling grateful, happy, and a little apprehensive before the hockey game in Berwick Feb. 11 to raise funds for her Relay for Life team in memory of her husband, Jim.

Wearing a bright pink Meadowbrook Meat Market T-shirt, Lamb was approached by countless people heading to grab seats in the arena.

She was joined by friends and family members, including Jim’s sisters, Suzanne and Beverly, and could not believe the over 100 people that turned out to support the team. But there was still a heaviness to the day, as she and others remembered why they were there.

“Cancer is something that has touched everyone, whether you’ve had it, your loved one, a friend, or even an acquaintance. But Relay pulls people together, and seeing the community out like this is amazing,” she said.

 

Community comes together to help

The event, called Jim’s Babes and Bores, was held at the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick, and saw several community organizations contribute, including Scotiabank, which provided volunteers, the Kings District RCMP, who put a hockey team together to challenge Meadowbrook, K-Rock, who donated air time for the event, and Leo Glavine, who played on the RCMP team.

The Kings District RCMP team, in red, played against the Meadowbrook team, made up of friends, family, and even people not known to Margie.

The Meadowbrook team consisted of Lamb’s family and friends, and also people whom Lamb had never previously met – female and male hockey and ringette players joined forces for the event.

This struck her as particularly sweet.

“For people I’ve never even met to come out and help like this – well, that’s something else entirely,” she said.

“There are no words.”

 

‘Cancer has touched every person’
This is the event’s second year. Jim Lamb’s sister, Suzanne Spicer, has been involved with Relay for around ten years, getting involved through her work with mental health services at the Western Kings Memorial Health Centre in Berwick.

Four years later, her husband Beverley went through his own cancer journey. He survived, but many other family members and friends did not, according to Lamb.

“Cancer has certainly never been a friend to us, or anyone else, for that matter,” she said.

Spicer said the day was both a wonderful and hard one for her.

“It’s nice to see people here supporting Jim, but we know cancer has touched every person,” she said.

“It’s important we all join the fight and raise funds not just for research, but for education and also people who are going through it.”

MEADOWBROOK MEAT MARKET NOW OFFERING FOOD HANDLING CERTIFICATION COURSE

March 9th, 2018

Mike and Christa Trombley, pictured here with their daughters, Morgan and Gwen, are the new owners of Meadowbrook Meat Market. CONTRIBUTED


Meadowbrook Meat Market celebrates new owners


Margie Lamb pleased business is ‘staying in the family’

HEATHER LAURA CLARKE

Email: valleyeditor@herald.ca
Twitter: @chronicleherald

News travels fast in a small town, so it didn’t take long for Meadowbrook Meat Market customers to hear rumours about new ownership. While it’s true that Mike and Christa Trombley are teaming up with the business’s beloved owner, Margie Lamb, it’s nothing new or sudden. It’s been in the works for more than four years. “Their values are very much what Meadowbrook’s values have always been,” says Margie. “I feel very comfortable having them take over my day-today duties and responsibilities — and, if they’ll let me, I’ll still come and help out with physical labour sometimes!” Mike started as Meadowbrook’s operations manager and worked closely with Margie’s late husband, Jim. Margie says Mike has been “a great support,” especially during Jim’s sickness and after his

passing three years ago. “He knows the business inside and out, which is why we feel there won’t be a lot

of changes. The staff won’t change either, since he has a great working rapport with them,” says Margie. “Our customers have been very happy. They’re congratulating me as well — and Mike and Christa— and they’re very excited the farm is going to continue.”

Margie and Jim started Meadowbrook Farm in the ’70s and became the first farmers in Atlantic Canada to grow pork using all-natural feed free from antibiotics and animal byproducts. They made a name for themselves with their fresh local products — including their famous wieners, “Jimmie Dogs” — and also started a year-round catering business called Pork on Wheels. Margie says she, Mike and Christa have worked hard to ensure the business can transition “as seamlessly as possible.” Mike is actually a distant cousin of Margie’s late husband, Jim, so Margie says it’s especially nice that Meadowbrook Meat Market is “staying in the family.” “Mike and Christa have two wonderful daughters, so I’m very happy that it’s still going to be a family farm,” says Margie. Mike and Christa are preparing to move their family onto the farm soon. Their daughters, Morgan and Gwen, who are in Grades 10 and 12, love animals and already have a houseful of them, but they’re hoping to adopt more once they’re on the farm. “They’re on board and very excited,” says Christa. Christa works full time in retail management and plans to keep her position, while also helping out at Meadowbrook. Mike has worked in the processing industry

for nearly 25 years, with stints at Armstrong Food Service and Larsen Packers/Maple Leaf before he joined the

team at Meadowbrook Meat Market.

Margie plans to stay involved in the business and remain a mentor to Mike and Christa. Meanwhile, Mike says

they’re planning a few exciting changes, like expanding their local product offerings and increasing their wholesale business. “Meadowbrook has always been a big supporter of locally grown, locally sourced products. We want to continue to build on that and make our products even more accessible for our customers,” says Mike. “We’ll continue to provide top-quality products for our great customers and we’ll continue to provide jobs within our community.”

 

BRING ON THE BARBECUE

To officially welcome Mike and Christa, Meadowbrook Meat Market is hosting a customer appreciation barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 28, with music, specials and entertainment. Everyone is welcome to stop by their Somerset location (318Pleasant Valley Rd.) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to celebrate.

Somerset Market: 902-538-1106

318 Pleasant Valley Road, Somerset, NS B0P 1E0

Alderney Landing Market:

902 464-2272

2 Octerloney Street Dartmouth,  Nova Scotia B2Y-2W1

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