After three years, in October of 1995, Mike and Cynthia had the unfortunate experience of losing their barn and their entire family of livestock in a fire. Devastated, the couple reached out for support and in the spring of 1996 on the day of Mikes 27th birthday, the local Mennonite community came out and rebuilt the Beretta barn, forming a lifelong relationship with the family – a day of true celebration. In the year following the family’s barn rising, the Beretta’s experienced great success, first with the opening of the ‘Beretta Butcher Shop’ in Brussels Ontario and then with their products starting to make an appearance on local restaurant menus.
In the summer of 1999, Mike and Cynthia realized in order to continue their success they would need a farm closer to a large urban area. With this decision made, the family was lucky enough to obtain 800 acres of prime agricultural land in King City. The couple’s intuition about being close to an urban area was right, and by 2006 Beretta was making regular deliveries to large banner retailers along with a growing number of independent health food stores and grocers’.
Over the next decade, the popularity of animals raised organically and without the use of antibiotics, or added hormones and steroids grew, providing Beretta with the opportunity to expand its product line and list of restaurant and retailer partners. With this increase in popularity, the King City Farm could no longer keep up with the demand the market was requiring so Mike and Cynthia decided to reach out to ranching families across the country. Now our family is comprised of over 40 ranches who we know and trust, predominantly located in Western Canada. These ranches work to raise Beretta animals using the same practices and values as the original King City location and our products can be found on menu’s and store shelves across the country.
Whether its grass fed, organic or antibiotic and hormone free, from the moment we begin traditionally raising our exclusively Canadian animals, to the last bite at the family dinner table, we believe in Sharing What Matters.