When I was 15 years old, I moved with my parents from a city with over 300,000 people in it, to the middle of a farmer’s field. You might think I’m exaggerating, but the town we moved to had less than 2000 people in it (which was smaller than then the high school I was attending at the time). We didn’t even live “in town”, but rather, a 10 minute drive from the closest store, on a crescent of 15 houses surrounded by farmer’s fields, cows and horses. My friends from the city would joke that I was going to have to pass the time at my new house by counting cows. It was quite the introduction to Canadian farming for this city girl. Until we moved to the country I had never been exposed to what it takes to run a farm. It’s easy when you live in the city to forget about how our food gets to the kitchen table, and the hours of work and labor of love put in by dedicated farmers in Ontario and across Canada every single day. Recently I got to head back out to the country and visit a local chicken farm with KFC.
This was my first trip to a chicken farm, as most of my friends in high school had vegetable farms or grew crops like hay and straw. It’s funny; even with being on farms before, I was expecting chicken farming to be a “bigger operation”, but upon arriving at the farm I was once again facing the familiar scene of a family who loves and cares about the job they do and works hard to make sure they are providing the best quality product for Canadian Families.
Many of the farms that provide chicken to KFC are run by families who works tirelessly to provide high-quality food to their fellow Canadians. We take for granted getting weekends off or being able to go away on vacation without too much hassle, but when you are a farmer and have animals and crops depending on you, it’s not so simple.
And what about the chickens? They arrive at the farm as chicks from a hatchery, and grow to be full sized chickens in about 5 weeks. They live in a barn without cages and are free to eat and drink whenever they like. The barn is temperature-controlled and well ventilated so that the birds are comfortable and stress-free, and of course, strict protocols are adhered to, to make sure the chickens are healthy and don’t get sick. As the chickens grow, the food they’re fed changes to meet their needs. And like all Canadian chickens, the animals are not given any added hormones or steroids.
The farmers who supply KFC are the same farmers who supply local grocery stores with fresh chicken. With a family who loves KFC, it is great to know that the same high quality chicken I buy to feed my family from the grocery store is what I bring home when we grab a bucket of KFC for dinner.
I had a great day visiting a local chicken farm with KFC. It reminded me that there are farmers working day and night to feed all Canadians with top quality food, and showed me what you get when you enjoy a bucket of KFC with your family: real, Canadian, farm-raised chicken, and a finger lickin’ good meal!
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by KFC, but opinions are strictly our own.