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Free-range business in Bedford


Cameron and Monica Taylor, owners of Free Range Store, run the business and provide much of the free-range meat from their Hants County farm.
Cameron and Monica Taylor, owners of Free Range Store, run the business and provide much of the free-range meat from their Hants County farm.

Denise Surette

More and more people are becoming concerned with where their food comes from. This sentiment has opened up a whole community of shops, farms and markets that cater to people looking for locally farmed food and ethically raised meats. One of the newest players in the Bedford-Sackville area is Free Range Store on Larry Uteck Boulevard.

This family business opened on Oct. 1 in 2018. Business partners and husband and wife team, Cameron and Monica Taylor, opened the business as an offshoot of the family farm and processing plant in Hants County. The farm and processing plant are run by Cameron and his mother, Beth Taylor.

“It’s more than what most people would see. Most people would see the store,” says Cameron of the family-run businesses. “We have a farm in Hants County. We raise free-range poultry, free-range turkey and chickens and we have free-range layers as well. We also have a provincially inspected poultry processing plant as well.”

The farm was started in 1986 by Beth and grew into a processing plant many years later. Free Range Store in Bedford was a natural progression for the team to have an avenue to offer their goods directly to people looking for free-range meats.

Cameron says opening a store was in the back of his mind for years and when he saw the Kearney Lake Plaza location open up, he knew it was the right place to start his new business.

The store offers more than meats, though. It sells Annapolis Valley-produced vegetables and free-range pork, as well as preserves, sauces and other pantry items made from across Nova Scotia. The store also has two small tables and makes fresh take-home meals seven-days-a-week.

“Right now, we also do rotisserie chickens every day,” says Cameron. “We are developing a menu right now. In a couple of weeks, we will have a fixed menu where we can give out to customers for what we can offer.”

Since they opened, the store has offered a variety of take-home meals to see what was popular, including Jiggs dinner, corned beef, sandwiches, salads, burgers, baked goods and macaroni and cheese. With positive reviews flowing in, the team is hoping to keep up the momentum and someday expand into a larger establishment.

The team is planning to hold a grand opening during the first few weeks of May to invite locals into the store and check out the take-home meals, free-range meats, sausages with gluten-free options and dine-in meals and snacks.

For more information on Free Range Store or their farm in Hants County, visit freerangestore.ca or their Facebook page.

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