After much anticipation, local business, Spragg’s Meat Shop, is expanding with more product across Alberta. In 2002, Greg Spragg received a gift that marked the beginning of his family's future business, Spragg’s Meat Shop. His wife, Bonnie, surprised him with three little pigs, the first of many to live on their farm located in Rosemary, Alberta.
Their farm to plate focus was working well in a limited sense, but they had a vision of being something more than small-scale farmers with restricted supply and distribution methods. By November 2005, Spragg’s Meat Shop officially opened its doors.
In addition to their main retail location in Rosemary, Spragg’s can be found at the Calgary Farmers’ Market and the Market on Macleod and as of November 20, customers can purchase Spragg’s Italian Meatballs, Bacon N Beef Meatballs and Bacon Wrapped Meatballs at all 23 Calgary Co-op locations.
“Our meatballs are made of 100% local meat, focused on quality and taste. We pride ourselves on raising free range, happy pigs. We have real people making them, packaging them and shipping them,” Bonnie explains.
The local food movement is becoming increasingly popular in Calgary, and for good reason. Local food systems result in reduced carbon emissions, cleaner air and water and farmland that is preserved for future generations.
Spragg’s Meat Shop works hard to produce the best pork for Calgarians, from the day the pigs are born, to the day the pork chops are cut, bacon is smoked and the roast is marinated. The Spragg family hopes that you get as much enjoyment eating their pork as they do getting it to your table.