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Who's Raising Your Meat?

Posted by Julia Smith on


There are not many more intimate acts than eating. We've all heard the expression "you are what you eat" but these days most folks put more thought into their next smart phone than they do into what goes into their body. We like to take this expression one step further and remind folks that you are what what you eat eats. That being the case, do you really want to leave something as important as your food up to a big corporation who's first responsibility is to it's shareholders? The people who feed you should be some of the most important relationships in your life. You know your doctor, your lawyer and your accountant and we want you to know your farmers too. 

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Harvest Boxes from Crisp Organics

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Urban Digs has come a long way from our first market garden in a back yard in Dunbar in 2011 to our 21 acre ranch in the beautiful Nicola Valley and butcher shop in Vancouver. Along the way, it has been our pleasure to meet and work alongside with like-minded, passionate folks like Andrew, Willy and the whole team at Crisp Organics. So we couldn't be more thrilled to be teaming up officially to bring both organic produce and pasture-raised meats to the tables of conscious consumers like you!

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Reading List & Musings for a Stormy Weekend

Posted by Jess Landing on

With our final West End Market date being cancelled due to the impending storm and our resident summer market in Mt. Pleasant concluding last Sunday, I find myself with a surprising amount of free time this weekend. Now, Sunday morning is already booked with breakfast plans, where I will unabashedly be introducing new friends to the magic that is our Honey Lemon Thyme pork sausages. However, the remainder of my time will be spent appreciating the warmth and dryness that comes with being under a blanket rather than a market tent and catching up on reading (well, also a bit...

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Love Isn't Enough... A Sincere Appeal for More Support

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“Are you Julia? I read your newsletter every week and follow you on social media. I'm a huge fan and I really support what you guys are doing!”

I hear this sort of thing a lot. It used to make me feel really good but lately I've been finding it frustrating and depressing. I don't understand. Everyone loves us but we still aren't breaking even. Now instead of just saying “thank-you,” I ask, “ Have you ever bought anything from us?” Sadly, the answer is usually “no, but...”

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Feeding Urban Digs Raw Dog Food 101

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Lots of folks are choosing well-raised meat for their dinner tables but sometimes we forget to apply the same care and concern to where the meat we feed our pets comes from. If you are an animal lover, it only make sense to ensure that the food you feed your pets is not supporting an industry that doesn't share your values. After a year of research and product testing, we are thrilled to be adding dog food to our product list. 

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