What are the Penokean Hills?

The Penokean Hills refers to a geographic region between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury Ontario. Currently both farms producing for Penokean Hills Farms are located within this region, with farms located in Echo Bay, and Rydal Bank, Ontario.

What products does Penokean Hills Farms offer?

While we currently offer beef as our main product line, we also offer pork and lamb as well. We are always exploring new opportunities to grow the locally produced meats we offer. We take orders by the side and quarter (split-side), offer bulk boxes of varying quantities, and individual cuts. 

How long is your beef aged for?

All Penokean Hills Farms beef has a hanging time of 21 days to produce the highest quality of beef.

What is the difference between Grass-Fed and Grain-Finished beef?

Penokean Hills Farms offers both Pea-Barley (grain) finished and Grass-fed beef to please both your palate and preferences. Both are born and raised on member farms in Algoma, free of added hormones and antibiotics and 100% traceable from gate to plate.

Grain-finished cattle are raised on an all vegetarian, corn-free diet, which includes peas and barley grown locally. Cattle are free to roam fields and graze, but are finished on the special pea-barley diet to produce tender, tasty cuts of beef. Penokean Hills Farms received the 2009 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation for this pea-barely finishing diet.

Grass-finished cattle are free to roam fields, grazing on green pastures and forages. Grass-finished beef is seasonal as these animals are processed in the summer/fall for optimal nutrient content in the meat. Grass-finished sides are typically available beginning in July through December (depending on demand). Individual cuts and bulk box quantities are available year-round. Grass-finished beef is a good source of conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid which can aid in lowering serum cholesterol and enhance immune response.

How do I place an order for a side or quarter?

Side and quarter orders can be placed by calling 705.971.6328 or emailing us at info@penokeanhillsfarms.com. We'll go through a cut sheet with you to customize your order to best suit your needs. A $500 deposit is required to secure your side or a $250 deposit for a quarter. First time ordering? We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

What is the average size of a side of Penokean Hills Farms beef (hot hanging weight)?

Grain-finished: 375-450lbs
Grass-finished: 325-375lbs

What is hot hanging weight?

Hot hanging weight refers to the carcass, bones-in, before aging or cooling.

Why does Grass-Fed Beef cost more than Grain-Finished Beef?

Animals raised on grass require a longer period of time to reach the desired weight. The slightly higher price allows the farmer to be compensated for this time.

How long does it take to receive an order of beef?

Side and quarter orders typically take 4-5 weeks, depending on the processing schedule. All beef is first dry-aged and hung for 3 weeks to provide extra tenderness and flavour.

How does my beef order get packaged?

Side and quarter orders are cut and wrapped to your specifications provided in the cutting instructions. You can have the cuts paper wrapped to decrease processing costs or for an additional cost, you may chose to have orders vacuum packaged.