Sunday, December 14, 2008

Eating Locally: A Pasture-Raised Chicken

This puppy weighs in at ten pounds. I put the soda can next to it so you'd have some idea of its size. I've bought turkeys that were smaller than this.

My search for locally-raised chicken has taken many twists and turns. Through a friend I learned of a farmer who occasionally has extra chickens for sale. I approached him at the farmer's market on Saturday morning. He'd heard I was looking for a pasture-raised chicken. He said he had one for me, but I had to come to his farm the next day (Sunday) to pick it up. I did; it's now thawing on my kitchen counter. A ten pound chicken for $15. I call that a bargain. We will get at least three meals out of it and then chicken stock and who knows what else. At first I thought I would roast it for dinner tonight but then realized that it would not thaw out until tomorrow morning. So we are having pasta with homemade marinara sauce and a salad.

Today I'm a very happy Locavore.
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dykewife said...

nice bird.

we have hutterite colonies around town that will raise birds for people. generally they weigh around 8-10 pounds. they're not field raised though. on the plus side they're not raised in tiny quarters and fed chemicals and forced grown.

birds that size are so much better tasting than the little ones in grocery stores.

Mrs4444 said...

I look forward to hearing all about it :)

Oklahoma Farmgirl said...

Nice chicken!! Pasture raised is soooo much better. It is hard to eat organically in my little town, but I travel out of town to shop quite often & stock up on the things I cannot find locally.

Have a wonderful week!!

Blessed be...

Rhonda said...

I'm learning so much from you.