July 14, 2017 – Via Abbotsford Farmers’ Market regarding our long time vendor Redl’s Homegrown Beef
We’ve received news from the Redl’s Homegrown Beef gang in the Cariboo.
They are currently under an evacuation order because of a fire that is burning within a half mile of the ranch house. The fire is currently moving away from the ranch, but that could change with little notice. Marj and other family members are away from the ranch in relative safety at this point. Barrie, brother Travis and another ranch resident remain at home looking after stock, doing regular fire patrols and helping others in the community. They have escape plans well mapped out and are confident that they can stay out of harm’s way should conditions at the ranch deteriorate.
Power went out last weekend, but they have been able to save the meat out of their big walk-in freezer. It is safely stored in a refrigerated trailer that is being leased to them.
Barrie will not be at the markets this weekend because of a need to remain on site, monitor the situation and react if necessary to save cattle, horses, buildings and key farm equipment. Plus roads to the south are closed in multiple locations.
It may be weeks before the situation improves and allows Redl’s Homegrown Beef to again participate in farmers markets; but like many things related to the BC wildfire situation, that too is uncertain.
In a phone call Wednesday evening, Barrie asked us to pass on his sincere thanks to all who have left phone and e-mail messages checking on the well-being of the Redl clan, the ranch and their meat products. Barrie is truly humbled by the outpouring of concern, well wishes and offers of help that they have received from customers, friends and family.