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Welcoming Reban Farms: Your Trusted Saskatoon Beef & Pork Farmer

The Trusted Saskatoon Team is delighted to introduce Reban Farms, our newest Saskatoon Specialty Retail Category partner. 

As your go-to Saskatchewan provider for high-quality, pasture-raised beef (and pork, too), Reban Farms is committed to delivering exceptional local meat products. Learn more about their offerings and meet the passionate team behind this remarkable business in our latest Trusted Saskatoon article, celebrating our newest addition to the network of locally owned businesses dedicated to integrity.

Meet the Reban Family

Aubrey and Elise Reban, along with their four children, represent the 4th and 5th generations of the Reban family to live on their land near the Petrofka Bridge, just north of Saskatoon. As you approach Reban Farms, you'll be greeted by picturesque barns and cattle pastures alongside a beautiful two-story home overlooking a serene valley. The sound of the wind occasionally punctuates the peaceful environment through the grass and cattle calls.

Generations of Farming Passion

Aubrey and Elise Reban take immense pride in their farm’s land and heritage. The Reban family has owned their farm since 1908, and they cherish the ability to produce beef entirely from their labour. They began with a small herd and grain farming, eventually expanding to sell finished beef to family and friends. The positive feedback from customers searching for farm-direct meat has made their hard work even more rewarding. As the word spread about the quality, so did their business.

Aubrey's four children now lead the pork side of the operation despite their young ages. This generational passion ensures that every part of the process, from feeding, cleaning pens, and animal health care to the delivery of finished pork, is handled with care and precision, guaranteeing top-quality products for their customers.

Why Choose Farm-Direct Beef & Pork from Reban Farms?

Quality: Reban Farms' mixed farming approach allows Aubrey to control every aspect of the feed production process. Few beef providers can tell you what goes into every pound of feed the animals consume - Reban Farms can! From seed planting to the beef delivered to your door, every step is managed meticulously, ensuring exceptional quality that few farms can match.   

Taste and Nutrition: Reban beef and pork offer superior taste and nutrition compared to traditional grocery store options. Their beef is rich in protein, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Selenium, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Iron, and Choline. Aubrey has perfected feed rations to achieve the ideal balance of leanness and marbling, with animals butchered at their prime and dry-aged for 14 days or longer.

Cost Savings: Buying farm-direct in bulk eliminates middlemen, providing nutritious, delicious, high-quality meat at a lower cost than in-store purchases. The minimum quantity that can be ordered is 1/4 beef, which is approximately 180 lbs* of meat and fits into 5 cubic feet of freezer space. Aubrey also offers free delivery to Saskatoon and the surrounding area.

How Trusted Saskatoon Selects & Verifies Potential Partners

To become a Trusted Saskatoon partner, businesses must demonstrate quality-driven excellence in the Saskatoon market. Our selection process includes:

  • Nominations from satisfied customers, clients, and suppliers

  • Surveys of past customers to gauge satisfaction  ( it is a pass or a fail) 

  • Verification of the business's online reputation and references

  • Ensuring all necessary licenses, qualifications, WCB, and insurances are valid and up-to-date

Reban Farms was already well known to the Trusted team; Trusted owner and founder Sara has been buying beef from Aubrey for years! Here is what she had to say about her experience. 

“ I order ¼ s of Reban Farms beef every year, and I really appreciate Aubrey delivering it to my doorstep in Saskatoon. All of the cuts are great, and the price and quality is so much better than general store-bought beef! - WOW, the flavour is amazing!! Hands down, it’s the best beef  I’ve eaten!! 
My freezer is always full of wholesome beef, and I feel good about how the animals are treated and raised. It’s a win-win! “ Sara Wheelwright, Saskatoon

What Customers Say About Reban Farms

In conversations with Reban Farms' other customers, a clear message emerged: the quality of the meat and the integrity of the family keep them coming back. Customers describe Aubrey, Elise, and their children as "just great people - REAL people!" There is a strong sense of trust and confidence that any issues will be promptly and satisfactorily addressed, reflecting the Rebans' commitment to their customers.

" We LOVE the beef from Reban Farms.  We run a company so we sometimes give meat to our employees as a bonus because it is an amazing gift.  We also have a large family with 7 children, so we order a lot, and every time, the quality and taste are there.  We have bought meat from different farmers over the years, and Reban beef is by far our favourite. The quality is incredible, and it cooks up really well.  I love supporting local and knowing where my meat is coming from.  The family is honest and friendly, and having it delivered to the door is so convenient and appreciated”  - Holly Fehr 
“We run the Butcher Shop that cuts and wraps the meat and have worked with Aubrey Reban for many years.  He is a great person and does his best to make his customers happy. We have been in the meat business for decades, and the quality of Reban beef is excellent! Aubrey is a pleasure to do business with”   Rose - J & R Meats, Shellbrook. 

There are more stellar reviews of Reban Farms and some pictures of their beef on their Google listing here. 

Join us in welcoming Reban Farms to the Trusted Saskatoon family and enjoy the finest quality, pasture-raised meat delivered right to your door. Discover more about Reban Farms and experience the difference of farm-direct beef and pork by ordering online today here: 

Read more happy customer reviews and see all Reban Farms offers by visiting their listing on Trusted Saskatoon

Reban Farms is Your Trusted Saskatoon Beef  & Pork Farm

Brown Electrical Contracting's Trusted Saskatoon Electrican's Tip: Should You Upgrade Your Service or Panel Size?

Trusted Saskatoon Electricians at Brown Electrical Contracting Ltd provide everything you need to keep your electrical systems operating well. They cover Saskatoon and the surrounding area, and they do it all! Electrical services for your home and business, including installation, maintenance, upgrades and repairs.  In their first Trusted Saskatoon Electrician tip they answer questions about your electricity panel. 

Brown Electrical Tip: Upgrading Your Service or Panel Size 

As technology advances and our energy needs grow, many homeowners find themselves facing the question: Should I upgrade my service or panel size? This crucial decision impacts your electrical system’s safety, efficiency, and functionality. In this article, we’ll explore the factors to consider and provide insights from experienced electrical contractors at Brown Electrical Contracting to help you make an informed choice.

Understanding the Difference:

Before deciding, let's clarify the difference between upgrading your service and panel size. 

1. Service Upgrade: This involves replacing your existing electrical service entrance equipment, including the meter, service panel, and main breaker, to accommodate higher electrical loads. It typically requires the utility company’s involvement and adherence to local building codes.

2. Panel Size Upgrade: A panel size upgrade entails replacing your electrical panel (also known as a breaker box or distribution board) with a larger one to accommodate more circuits and breakers. This may be necessary if your current panel is at capacity or if you're adding new appliances or circuits.

Factors to Consider:

Several factors should influence your decision to upgrade your service or panel size:

1. Electrical Load: Assess your current and anticipated electrical load. Consider factors such as the number of appliances, electronic devices, lighting fixtures, and any planned renovations or additions to your home. An overloaded electrical system can lead to tripped breakers, overheating, and safety hazards.

2. Age of the System: Older homes may have outdated electrical systems that need to be improved for modern energy demands. If your home still has a fuse box or an insufficient panel size, upgrading may be necessary to ensure safety and compliance with current electrical codes.

3. Future Plans: Think about your long-term plans for the property. If you anticipate increasing your energy usage or adding new appliances or technologies (such as electric vehicles or solar panels), preemptively upgrading your service or panel size can save you time and money.

4. Safety Concerns: Electrical systems that are overloaded or outdated pose significant safety risks, including fire hazards and electrical shocks. Upgrading your service or panel size can enhance the safety and reliability of your electrical infrastructure, providing peace of mind for you and your family.

 "Modern electrical panels offer advanced features such as surge protection, energy monitoring, and smart capabilities. Consider upgrading to a panel with these features to improve energy efficiency and enhance convenience."- Mitch Brown, owner of Brown Electrical Contracting 

The decision to upgrade your electrical service or panel size is a significant investment in your home’s safety, functionality, and efficiency. By carefully assessing your current needs and future plans and consulting with qualified electrical contractors, you can make an informed decision that meets your requirements and ensures the reliability of your electrical system for years to come. Don't hesitate to contact Brown Electrical for guidance and assistance throughout the process. Your home's electrical infrastructure is too important to overlook.


If you are looking for reliable, honest Saskatoon electricians who work with safety and quality in mind, call Mitch at Brown Electrical Contracting today! 

Brown Electrical Contracting Is A Trusted Saskatoon Electrician

Welcoming Laddie James Real Estate as a Trusted Saskatoon REALTOR!

The Trusted Saskatoon Team is excited to welcome our newest Trusted Saskatoon Partner, Laddie James Real Estate eXp Realty, to the Trusted Saskatoon Real  Estate category.

You may recognize Laddie from our Trusted Saskatoon Salons Category. Hairstyle Inn Salons has been a Trusted Saskatoon Partner since the beginning.  We are thrilled to support and cheer Laddie on in his new Real Estate endeavour as Saskatchewan’s first Certified eXp Luxury Real Estate Agent.

Meet Laddie James Real Estate

Real Estate is not a new venture for Laddie.  He has decades of successful experience buying, selling and flipping personal and investment Real Estate. His experience includes substantial renovation projects in single-family homes, multi-family properties, and recreational real estate, as well as managing short-term and long-term rentals.  Over the last 20 years, he has worked with professionals and other real estate agents to help people acquire a home.  Through his many projects, he has gained the reputation of being somewhat of an expert. Professionals from many industries have consulted with him and asked for his opinions in various renovation and real estate situations. This made becoming an agent seem like a natural next step for him.  This vast hands-on experience gives him an advantage for clients in the highly competitive Real Estate market in Saskatoon, Blackstrap, Warman, Martensville and the surrounding lake land and acreages. 

Integrity, Work Ethic and Authenticity Are Laddie James's Strengths 

Anyone who knows Laddie knows he is extremely hardworking and dedicated in everything he does. He is one of those genuine people who does things because he believes they are correct, not just because he sees an opportunity as lucrative. He absolutely loves to work with clients from all walks of life and finds it satisfying to help newcomers to Canada find their homes.

“One of the parts of this I have really enjoyed is helping new Canadians find their forever home.  It can be a challenge as there can be language barriers and little understanding about owning properties here, our weather and what is important.  It is a big learning curve for the families but I am often overwhelmed to tears when we get the deal to happen and the gratitude I am shown. I find great satisfaction is supporting and helping people” - Laddie James

What Do Laddie’s Clients Say About Their Experience?

“From the references I called, there was an overwhelming message of gratitude and the sentiment of being heard and cared for in the home and/or property purchase transaction.  There was an undeniable sense of confidence that Laddie knew what was important to look for regarding property repairs or considerations based on his decades of experience in the industry.  His clients mentioned that after viewing an initial property to gain an understanding of what they really wanted, Laddie would source out, view and then make them aware, thereby saving them time on unsuitable properties for their desires.” 

“Our house was listed in the real estate market elsewhere for a year with no results, and once we listed it with Laddie, it was sold just like that!  He always went above and beyond - he even baked cookies and brought in things to attract attention at the Open House. Laddie sold our house during the Open House! He had so much energy and made selling our home a priority.  He always had time for us, regardless of the time of day.  He would ask me what I needed and would make it work all the time.  Not a day goes by in this house that we don’t talk about him. He is a great man.” -Rebecca H, 

“We were just flabbergasted at how easy selling our home went with Laddie! We found him to be respectful, conscientious, and detail-oriented. The process for us was so easy and we enjoyed working with him.  We have not done anything in the Real Estate market for 49 years, so had no idea what was going on.  We appreciated how forthright he was about the possibility of a sale and the things that might not go right. He knew the things that we needed to repair and how to navigate the whole process and take the pressure off of us” - Liz N

We encourage you to visit Laddie James's Trusted Saskatoon listing for more customer reviews. To see his current real estate listings, check out his Laddie James eXp Realty website, built by our sister company, Trusted Marketing Services. Laddie is here to help, and his clients could not say enough about his professional, hardworking and caring style.

'A Cut Above The Rest'  

Laddie James is a Trusted Saskatoon REALTOR 

Wonder How Trusted selects Trusted Saskatoon businesses to partner with? 

  • We look for locally accountable businesses with a reputation for quality-driven excellence in the Saskatoon market.

  • Customers, clients, and suppliers nominate businesses they are impressed with. 

  • We personally surveyed a number of their past customers.

  • We check the business's online reputation, and we speak to business references. 

  • All past customers we speak to are surveyed - it is a pass or a fail! 

  • We ensure any required licenses, qualifications, WCB, and insurances are valid and up to date.

Trusted Saskatoon community introduces and welcomes Fiori-Studio as your Trusted Saskatoon Florist

The Trusted Saskatoon Team is delighted to welcome our newest Trusted Saskatoon Partner!  Get to know Fiori-Studio, learn why WE trust the company, and meet the woman behind the business in our latest Trusted Saskatoon article, welcoming a new partner to our Saskatoon community of locally owned businesses that operate with integrity!

Meet Fiori-Studio, Your Trusted Saskatoon Florist

Fiori-Studio, owned by Svetlana Leonchuk—a talented jewelry designer, photographer, and florist—has become the newest Trusted Saskatoon partner and has joined the community as a Trusted Saskatoon florist! Fiori-Studio recently opened its first brick-and-mortar location at 1005 Broadway Ave #1B.

Fiori-Studio is dedicated to providing floral arrangements that embody freshness, class, and style, perfect for treating loved ones on any occasion. Committed to exceptional service, they take pride in ensuring each bouquet is perfectly crafted. Serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas, Svetlana promises to deliver the finest Saskatoon flowers.

Their everyday arrangements feature unique additions such as preserved florals, pampas grass, feathers, and butterflies, setting them apart with a distinct elegance.

Whether customers seek stunning flower arrangements, wedding florals, or reliable delivery, Fiori-Studio offers comprehensive services. From events and corporate functions to sympathy gestures, they specialize in locally sourced, sustainable blooms of exceptional quality. 

Visit their boutique on Broadway or order flowers online here for seamless flower delivery.

What Fiori-Studio’s Customers Say…

“ Needed to order a bouquet of flowers on very short notice. Svetlana took and processed my order on a Sunday and delivered a gorgeous arrangement to my Mom in Law for her 91st Birthday on Monday. She was a pleasure to deal with.” - Sherry Haatvedt, Saskatoon

I live in Chicago, but I ordered flowers for a friend in Saskatoon. I found Fiori-Studio through a Google search and had no prior experience with the artist. I was a little hesitant to choose a non-traditional floral shop, but I also wanted something more unique than I could find at your typical florist. After chatting with Svetlana over email, I felt more confident that she was a reliable person and took a chance sending a cash payment upfront. The results were gorgeous! My only regret is that she isn't located in my hometown, so I could send more friends & family one of her custom creations.” Andrea Szkwarko, Chicago Il.
“I used Flori-Studio for my bridal bouquets and boutonnieres. Svetlana went above and beyond what I gave her for pictures! She took my vision and added a beautiful twist to it. Additionally, the day before the wedding, I realized I hadn't requested the father of the bride and father of the groom boutonnieres. I reached out to Svetlana, who was very accommodating and added two more boutonnieres to my order!"- Alex B, Saskatoon

Experience the beauty of flowers with Fiori-Studio

Fiori-Studio is open daily and specializes in:

- Fresh flower bouquets for any occasion

- Flower delivery

- Professional florist services in Saskatoon

- Wedding flowers and bridal bouquets

- Prom corsages and boutonnieres

- Sympathy and funeral flowers

- Birthday, get well, and anniversary flowers

- Modern and traditional flower arrangements

- High-style floral arrangements

- Silk, dried, and pampas grass arrangements

- Greeting cards

Read more on Fiori-Studios' website, where all your florist FAQs are answered—and you can see all the options and order your flowers to be delivered- alternatively, swing by the beautiful location on Broadway to browse today's offerings and chat with Svetlana! FIORI-STUDIO is at 1005 Broadway Ave #1B, Saskatoon

Call: (306) 361-4970

Fiori Studio is your Trusted Saskatoon Florist! 

CONGRATULATIONS to Saskatoon Bag & Case on 40 Years in Business in Saskatoon!

We all love a good local 'rags to riches' story - and Saskatoon Bag & Case's business story is just that - the company began in a humble garage and has flourished into a thriving business. Trusted Saskatoon Custom Bag and Case Experts Saskatoon Bag & Case (SBC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024, a testament to the team's resilience, adaptability, and unwavering commitment to quality. 

Celebrating 40 Years of Saskatoon Bag & Case: A Local Story of Innovation and Dedication

Originally founded out of a garage, SBC's journey exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit. When they secured a building on St George Avenue, its potential began to unfold. Over the years, the business changed hands a few times until Trevor Sonstelie took the reins a decade ago, becoming the sole proprietor.

Trevor's background in food sales at Loblaw's might seem worlds away from the bag and case industry, but fate had other plans. His aspiration to start a food wholesaling business took an unexpected turn when a serendipitous suggestion led him to SBC. With his expertise as a musician and a keen understanding of the need for protective cases, Trevor found himself drawn to the business.

SBC- A Labor of Love

For Trevor, SBC is more than just a business—it's a labor of love. He describes it as a good, honest enterprise that fulfills a crucial need in the community. What sets them apart is their commitment to creativity and problem-solving, especially in custom design work. From hockey bags to music cases and even cadaver cases for scientific research, Saskatoon Bag & Case caters to a diverse clientele with precision and care.

What keeps Trevor and his team engaged is the constant challenge that each project presents. Whether crafting custom solutions or supporting local businesses with specialized needs, they thrive on the opportunity to innovate and exceed expectations.

Over the years, SBC has witnessed shifts in industries and consumer demands. While initially focused on textiles and military products, the company evolved with the times, embracing new markets such as music, hunting, and custom cases. This adaptability has been instrumental in ensuring the company's longevity and relevance in a competitive landscape.

The key to Saskatoon Bag & Case's success is its diverse customer base, which spans local businesses and international entities. Their reach knows no bounds, from large corporations to crown corporations, musicians to law enforcement agencies. Its reputation for quality craftsmanship and personalized service has garnered clients from across the globe, including destinations as far-flung as Spain, Florida, and even the Mayo Clinic.

Each Bag & Case Is Truly A Team Effort

Behind every custom case and innovative design stands a dedicated team of individuals who share Trevor's passion and vision. With ten staff members, including Trevor and his wife, SBC operates like a tight-knit family. Many of its employees have been with the company for over a decade, a testament to the supportive work environment and a strong sense of camaraderie.

As Saskatoon Bag & Case celebrates its 40th anniversary, Trevor looks back with gratitude for his loyal staff, supportive customers, and endless opportunities for growth and fulfillment that his business provides. For him, the journey has been nothing short of extraordinary—a testament to the power of perseverance, creativity, and the human spirit. As he looks towards the future, one thing remains certain: the legacy of innovation and dedication will continue to define Saskatoon Bag & Case's success for future generations.

The Trusted Saskatoon team wishes the Saskatoon Bag & Case team all the best in their future endeavours. Our sister company, Trusted Marketing Services, designed the 40th Anniversary logo and presented it as a gift to Trevor! We are so grateful we get to work with and promote great local companies like Saskatoon Bag & Case! 

If You Need It Covered, THEY Have It Cased! 


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