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Anyone had any experience with Nutrafarms?

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Jan 1, 2012
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A person came to the door on saturday and offered us a steak to be delivered on sunday, between 4- 6 pm, to try their beef! We received a call on sunday at 11.30 am to say somebody was in the area and could they drop in with the beef and make a presentation. was I was in the shower and my husband let them in. I joined them to see that frozen hamburger meat was delivered, and from learning a bit from their website the night before, you would be buying a years worth of meat, fish and produce, I am assuming, frozen. The smallest package for 2 people would give you meat for five days of the week, I was not impressed! I asked the salesperson about how long the cattle grazed on grass before they were finished off on grain, he said it was a good question and he didn't know! I just wondered how cattle got grass grazing for the 6 winter months in Ontario, since that is where the meat is from. By the way, the price of the package for 2 people for a year was $2,970.00.
I also asked why we did not get a steak as promised and he said they only give out hamburger meat as samples.
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Feb 26, 2008
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technopop wrote:
Apr 18th, 2012 6:50 pm
Just had a door knocker kid come. Asking if we wanted to partake in samples.

Took down some info about who we deal with and how much meat we eat and said that people in Mississauga complain about not having good butchers nearby. The guy claimed the meat was coming from farms north of St. Jacob's country.

So, tomorrow evening, there'll be a sample person coming by...

I thought I'd google them to see what people were saying and found the shills in this thread.

I see posts from Nepean/Ottawa in this thread, plus the website also talks about seafood.... which tells me they're not as small as the kid at the door said they were. They're going to have to do quite a trick to pry us away from dealing with our small family run butcher (Teggart farms) with the abattoir behind where we've developed a very good relationship.
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LOL,
I usually buy my bacon from the lady in Quebec who raises the organic pigs and has them sent to the local smoke shop to be made into bacon and other meat cuts :)
Same for chicken from another farm and cheeses too ...
I have no idea if the prices I pay are good as I can not get the same exact items at the store.
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Apr 21, 2007
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laughinglizzy wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2012 1:01 pm
I just wondered how cattle got grass grazing for the 6 winter months in Ontario, since that is where the meat is from. By the way, the price of the package for 2 people for a year was $2,970.00.

"grass grazing" during the winter months should be a hay only diet and the cow should still have plenty of outdoor space. No fillers like corn.

The price is high. As I mentioned above you're much better off going direct to a farmer. You'll likely get a much better end product at a much more fair price.
Newbie
Jun 17, 2012
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STOUFFVILLE
I just had a visit from a sales rep. Prior to this visit someone stopped by the house and signed me up for a sales rep visit stating that I would get 2lbs of organic beef to try. After a 30-45 min sales pitch, no beef. I was polite, had genuine questions, but said I would sign anything without some careful analysis; let alone some $87 a week order (smallest order price, $72 plus $15 payment for upright freezer, which they also sell). He left and took the beef with him. I was pretty ticked off and kind of embarrassed that they shafted me so bad. If this is any indication as to there trustworthiness (and I'm guessing it is), I would avoid Nutrafarm *****.
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Jun 17, 2012
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STOUFFVILLE
laughinglizzy wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2012 1:01 pm
A person came to the door on saturday and offered us a steak to be delivered on sunday, between 4- 6 pm, to try their beef! We received a call on sunday at 11.30 am to say somebody was in the area and could they drop in with the beef and make a presentation. was I was in the shower and my husband let them in. I joined them to see that frozen hamburger meat was delivered, and from learning a bit from their website the night before, you would be buying a years worth of meat, fish and produce, I am assuming, frozen. The smallest package for 2 people would give you meat for five days of the week, I was not impressed! I asked the salesperson about how long the cattle grazed on grass before they were finished off on grain, he said it was a good question and he didn't know! I just wondered how cattle got grass grazing for the 6 winter months in Ontario, since that is where the meat is from. By the way, the price of the package for 2 people for a year was $2,970.00.
I also asked why we did not get a steak as promised and he said they only give out hamburger meat as samples. Lies and ignorance have never impressed me!!!
Pretty much the same experience, only they refused to give me the ground beef as I wouldn't sign up until I did some more research.
Newbie
Dec 16, 2011
8 posts
LONDON
Every company will have issues with customer service. Thats just normal. As long as it does get done that what mattters....
Newbie
Dec 16, 2011
8 posts
LONDON
I have been in the business for around 8 years. The trainning provided is not always the best for the canvassers and the sales reps. Canvassers are trying to book a call with you and some may not even know what the sample is. As for the rep. He/she may only carry a few samples with him for the day. So by you not giving him/her a chance to pitch the product, he/she may not feel you dont deserve it.
As for the price of 3000k, thats not bad. You are already spending $2900 a year now at $55 on meats and veggies. Plus its natural, healthier, tastes better than Costco, pay weekly for it AND brought to your door. If you didnt have to go the store to shop for everything each week, your impluse buying would be alot less. An extra 15$ a week is $800 a year.... Enjoy Costo... $300-$400 later.
Newbie
Dec 16, 2011
8 posts
LONDON
Again its sad to say but you should have reiceved the sample for your time. The reps dont carry a lot with them. I blame it on the owner not providing enough to the farm reps..
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Apr 21, 2003
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Ontario
Man this thread just keeps on coming back.

I never did get back with what we decided. We ran the math of what it would cost for Nutrafarms for our family, looked at our grocery costs for the past year or so, and it ended up we paid less for groceries in the past year, than what we would've paid Nutrafarms for their meat, and some veggies.

On top of that, we live in Kitchener, ON, which is near St. Jacobs Farmer's Market, and we also have Dutchies in town. Both are good sources of organic, or at the very least, locally raised meats.

So in the end, the costs just didn't make sense for us.
Newbie
Sep 20, 2012
1 posts
KEMPTVILLE
Did you say you would now buy your meat at costco??? I guess that's ok if you like to support us farms. You also get to enjoy your favorite meat which has not been aged and is as tough as nails...enjoy
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Sep 18, 2009
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Southwestern Ontario
cesco1977 wrote:
Sep 21st, 2012 1:02 am
Did you say you would now buy your meat at costco??? I guess that's ok if you like to support us farms. You also get to enjoy your favorite meat which has not been aged and is as tough as nails...enjoy
I have seen fresh meat, fish and produce from all parts of Canada there, and virtually no fresh meat from us farms (sic). There are plenty of Costco members here who know that the meat is not tough as nails, but in fact the best available quality price ratio.
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Ask the man who owns one!
Newbie
Jan 4, 2012
1 posts
Ottawa
Summary - experience piss poor, would not recommend.

Details -
  • Rep showed up, asked to come by later to drop off a sample. They did not show up for the appointment (despite calling 3 hours earlier in the day to confirm).
  • Rep called me up a couple weeks later asking to come by in 15 minutes.
  • Rep came in, then refused to talk to me without my wife, even after explaining my wife was pregnant and sick in bed. I told him to leave, and give me the number of his manager.
  • Called the manager, yells at me for telling his guy to get the f out (which I did not use any expletives), and then hangs up on me.
Needless to say, I didn't sign up.
Newbie
Dec 22, 2009
5 posts
3 upvotes
Lots of negative comments here on this forum thread. I've not posted before on RFD's because I really haven't a lot of desire to get trolled, so:

- I don't work for them, and I've never worked for them. I think they have a reference programme but I don't get a cent for this post.
- My wife is in the kitchen making our 4th or 5th order with them as I write this.
- I'm sharing a real average joe experience without any troll or dole.
- YMMV that's what RFD appears to be all about.

Perspective
Value is in the eye of the consumer. I am a father in a family of six. I grew up on a farm, always with frozen meat in the freezer and until I moved out of my childhood home. I'd never really bought much meat from a store. There was always pork, beef, and thanks to my Dad's excellent marksmanship hunting or competitions -- venison, duck, goose and turkey in the freezer. I live far enough from home that the connections and logistics aren't worth the hassle. Farmer brown farms are pretty much dead and we like more choices than beef, beef and beef for dinner.

Purchasing Experience
- our rep is a patient and approachable fellow.
- always communicative, and we've actually cancelled on him appointments a few times and been harder to get than he deserves. Never a brusk word.
- the first order they wanted us both there because big purchase decisions are hard to pull the trigger on the first time and this is the #1 way to cop out. I agree -- I know it I used to sell PC retail in the 90s and it was the same then for that. Lots of BS with retail customers. +1 reason we buy is his approach: persistent, patient but low pressure.

Financial
- Freezer was loaned to us by the company for our first order. We were given the freezer after our second order. Don't kid yourself -- its in the cost of goods sold. It was a V1613RW3.
- Now they usually throw in stuff on each order. This time around it was about $100 in pick'em on a mid-sized order of $3000. I could likely negotiate that upward but this is my wife's domain.
- We have taken to paying cash for the order ourselves and take the 5% discount. We're in the money and less money to banks. Not everyone is so fortunate I realize this and payment plans are convenient for many but not a way to get ahead IMHO.

Convenience
- Not having to run to the grocery store means less time wasted for us. I hate grocery store runs after work on an empty stomach and with a busy house it happens a lot more than it should.
- The kids can start things for us much easier when it's in the house.
- The defrosting is easier as airtight packages can be defrosted with less chance of mess than sytrofoam and cellophane from Metro or wherever.

Health Habits
- We buy way more boxed stuff when we have run out of our Nutrafarm order. I think we eat better because it's handy.
- Not having to run to the grocery store means less impulse buying junk. I think we waste less too because the portions are smaller we cook the right amount more often.
- We find the meat is not as fatty as when we do storebought stuff between orders.

Habits
- Smaller portions in the packages.
- No re-portioning after making a Costco run.
- We don't buy the biggest order so we can augment it with fun stuff at the grocery store.
- Sometimes we don't like something this time around as much what we did last time. ie: the sausage might be different spicing. You could say that is inconsistent, but its also kind of fun. Its not much different than when I was a kid. Some cows good some cows bad.

Random
- We sometimes run out of our order before its paid out but never _all_ of it. We adjust it on the next order.
- We are never really sure of what meat we need so we always augment with grocery stuff. Don't plan for this to be 100% of your meat bill for a year.

Drawbacks
- If you don't like the stuff you have a lot of it to tolerate because you already paid for it.
- It's easy to eat ahead of your payments but at the end of the day you ate what you bought. But hey. Same with leased cars and other such consumables like that.
Freezer takes up space in your place and you pay for the hydro - say $50-$75 a year.
- Discrepancies on the order have happened. We always reconcile our order.
- Resolution is no questions asked. This leads me to believe that there is a standard error on delivery and it's not worth the customer service issue if it's a small miss. Not really a drawback but be aware as errors happen.

Total Experience 4/5 stars
If I was dissatisfied I would not be doing my 5th order.
Don't expect to save money this way. Its a lifestyle choice to avoid the hassle and Costco Circus.
Their meat is better IMHO than what we'd pick up weekly between orders.
Every marketing method is a racket at some point. You can pay people to be your middle men, or be your own middle man but you need to have the time and want.
Getting to buy quality food at a fair price from a decent person makes me happy.
My wife is hard to please and so getting 5 orders from her is saying something. Happy Wife Happy Life.

With Nutrafarms, I'm happy to pay them for the service they provide.
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Mar 21, 2009
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Nepean
These guys were advertising in Ottawa this week, on Kijiji. My question is, are these people honest but serving expensive meat or dishonest and serving "normal" meat at an expensive price?
Newbie
Mar 26, 2013
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BURLINGTON
The whole idea of Nutrafarm seems really appealing. The way they package and organize the delivery is a great for organizing your meals and portion control.

However, their selling tactics are typical to that of a "time share" sales people. They will come to your home when your guard is low and you're not mentally ready to deal with a sales person. They will give you free meat samples and they overwhelm you with the talk. My wife got excited with the idea and we signed the contract and the key words they used were "you will get organic meat" "we will save you money because we eliminate the "middle men" you're getting your meat directly from the farm".

You have to ask them to LEAVE so you can read the payment agreement carefully and then respond to them on a later time. They perform credit checks which for some people is critical. In my case it didn't but the sales person fails to tell you that when he hands you the big sheet of paper.

As for the "SAVING", you will end up paying $12 to $15 per pound of meat!!!!!!! Comparing that to $5 per pound for Top sirloin cut at Costco. That is nearly 3 time the price for the same AAA grade meat. $12-$15 for a pound of Wieners!!! $12-$15 for a pound of burger!!!!

Unfortunately, you don't realize how ridiculous the price is until you get your delivery and it's too late to cancel the order.

Bottom line, Nutrafarm could be a good choice for you. You have to make sure that it is fine with you to pay $12 to $15 for a pound of "guaranteed" organic meat. More importantly, you have to have the gift of getting rid of the bitter feeling of being played by a sales person.
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