Chicken is the centerpiece ingredient for many of my favorite meals: my mom’s pan-fried lemon chicken, farmhouse chicken soup, and, of course, my Crock-Pot roast chicken. When we had friends over to visit the farm for the first time a few weeks ago, I knew chicken would be the perfect dish; it was actually one of the most successful aspects of the evening that began with a broken furnace, bad directions, and the delayed arrival of baby chicks. (Good company and a sense of humor also help make the most cursed evenings a success!)
With the right selection of complementary herbs, vegetables and wine, chicken can be one of the most succulent and enjoyable culinary experiences. It is also happens to be an incredible affordable and healthy option – whole chickens can stretch well into 3 separate dishes depending on family size and preferences! A chicken raised on pasture is packed with essential Omega 3 fatty-acids, vitamins A, C, E and Beta-Carotene, while containing less fat and lower cholesterol than industrially-raised chickens. USDA studies have found that super market chicken actually contains “fecal particulates” resulting in a higher incidence of E.coli (0157:H7-a feedlot bacteria), arsenic (Read here) and other antibiotic-resistant super-bugs like Staph. (More information)
In contrast to the industrially-raised chicken producers, we do not use any medicated feed and never administer antibiotics or growth hormones to our animals. To the right you can see an example of the chicken tractors we are working to build right now. These moveable pens allow the chickens to scratch, eat and drink to their hearts’ delight while also providing them with plenty of shade and protection from predators. We are supplementing the broilers’ foraging diet with an all natural locally milled feed.
Our batch of broilers will arrive in late March and will be processed and ready for pick-up on Saturday June 1, so please mark your calendars! Our broilers are $3.25 per pound (birds will average 4 to 6 lbs.) with a $3 per bird deposit required when you submit your order form. You must be able to pick up your birds on Saturday June 1 and pay the remaining balance at that time.
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