Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | May 9, 2017
Business Profile
Beking's Poultry Farm serves a wide range of clients from neighbours to Rideau Hall
OXFORD STATION - The Beking family likes to put smiles on the faces of their customers by providing great-tasting eggs.

This third-generation farm uses natural farming methods, feeding their 23,000 free-roaming hens a vegetarian, all-grain diet free from animal by-products, hormones and antibiotics. Their slogans are 'Direct from farm to you' and 'Eggs the way they're supposed to taste.' 

"We are a family farm with a focus on quality and freshness," says Cora Beking. They have more than 160 wholesale customers with fast delivery within a 100 km radius, including Ottawa. Beking's supplies eggs to many high-end restaurants, meat and health food stores throughout Eastern Ontario. They are a member of Savour Ottawa, an initiative promoting the city and area as a premier, year-round culinary destination with robust offerings of local food. 

"People like to meet the farmer. They want to know they're getting local and fresh," says Cora. This is why they welcome people to the farm and attend several farmers' markets. 

The farm has been in operation for over 5 decades. In 2005, the family retooled their barns to be cage-free like they had been in the 1960s. "We did our research and talked to our customers and we're really glad we did," says David Beking. 

"Our name stands for a lot. People know our story, our reputation and our products," he says. The Beking family, including Cora's husband John, is very proud of their product and the longevity of their business.  They are thrilled Beking eggs were served at Rideau Hall during a visit by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ate their eggs at Miller's Oven in Manotick. "We have lots of egg stories," says Cora.

In Leeds Grenville, their eggs are sold at a number of locations, including New Horizons Health Foods in Brockville, the Village Pantry in Spencerville,  B & H Your Community Grocer, Heather's Healthy Harvest and Albert's Meat Shop in Kemptville, to name a few. 

Learn more about this growing Leeds Grenville family farm on their website, email them or give them a call at 613-258-5396.You can also connect with them via Facebook and Twitter @bekingseggs.

T op feature photo: Cora Beking and her son David, farm manager, at their on-site egg grading facility at 2405 Jochems Road north of Spencerville. You can buy eggs Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. right on the farm.

Above photo: Brown eggs being packaged. Below: Cora in the cold storage room and David boxing up eggs.

Cora and John Beking with hens in front of one of their barns.

Dermid O'Farrell, second from left, of O'Farrell Financial Services Inc., is this year's Harry Pratt Ambassador Award recipient. He is shown with his wife Donna Lee, North Grenville CAO Brian Carré, left, Mayor David Gordon, second from right, and Councillor Donovan Arnaud, chair of the Economic Development Committee.

North Grenville names its Ambassador of the Year award winner

KEMPTVILLE - Long-time community leader and businessman Dermid O'Farrell has earned the Harry Pratt Ambassador of the Year award.  He was honoured at the 8th Annual Economic Development Appreciation Breakfast at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on April 28th. The award is given in recognition of outstanding promotion of the North Grenville community. 

"It's great to be part of the North Grenville community where my wife and I have raised our family," he said. Dermid and Donna Lee started O'Farrell Financial Services Inc. 20 years ago. They now have four offices, including Kemptville and Brockville, and employ 32 people. 

"I'm appreciative of the leadership in North Grenville for the rapid growth in our municipality," Dermid said. He has served on the Economic Development Advisory Committee and believes the North Grenville BR+E Alliance has helped keep the municipality's focus on growth. 

Dermid believes in giving back to the community. He is founder and chair of the Knights of Columbus Sweetheart Brunch, a 19-year-old event raising funds for local charities. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and has served on many community boards, including the Kemptville District Hospital board and its foundation, Ryan's Well Foundation as well as being a past president of the Mountain and District Lions Club.

The event themed 'Creating a Prosperous Future Together' also featured presentations by Katie Nolan, this area's Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs advisor, North Grenville CAO Brian CarrĂ© and Economic Development Officer Teri Devine as well as Tom Graham, of TD Graham and Associates marketing agency. Learn more about the Ambassador program and visit the North Grenville website. Learn more about Kemptville College Renewal. 
Upcoming Events
Time to register for the Teeny Tiny Summit 
MERRICKVILLE - The second Teeny Tiny Summit in Leeds Grenville will feature keynote inspirational speaker Peter Kenyon, a rural revitalization enthusiast who has visited over 1,000 rural communities in 50 countries.

Local experts will join him to share their knowledge on key issues for small communities and rural areas, including municipal-volunteer relationships, risk management, small village servicing, big data for small places, strategic planning without tears and finding your community's story and telling it.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 28, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Merrickville Community Centre
COST: $39.01

Learn more and register by visiting our Workshops and Seminars page.

Get ready to showcase your business
The Augusta Township ~ Edwardsburgh Cardinal ~ Prescott Business Showcase and Expo is fast approaching.

WHEN: Friday, June 9, 6-9 p.m., 
Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Ingredion Centre, 4050 Dishaw Street, Cardinal
COST: $80 for a 8 x 8 space with table and chairs (inquire for larger size)

Learn more about this event on our Workshops and Seminars page.
Regional Marketing
United Counties featured in newest Progress report

Leeds Grenville Warden Robin Jones and Counties Economic Development Manager Ann Weir are featured in the 2017 Progress Edition: Highlighting the Economic Development, Innovations and Excellence of the Region, a Metroland Media publication. 

The Warden's article 'Building Relationships for continued Growth and Sustainability' looks at strategic priorities for the region. An update on the positive results of investment attraction along with regional business retention and expansion is given by Ann Weir.

See the pull-out  Leeds Grenville report in the centre of the Progress Edition 2017.
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