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Dec 10, 2002 10:45 AM

Need a Goose

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Where can I get a 10-12lb. goose to roast for Christmas Eve? One that has not been frozen? (And please don't say Sutton!)

I'm in Bethesda/Rockville. Hadn't even thought about it, but I wonder if Giant, etc. would carry them around the holidays? Anyone know?

I was also thinking about the Amish Market in Germantown? Does the poultry vendor there have them? Do you have to special order? Does anyone recall the name/number of that stand?

Any direction (except "sutton," ugh!) would be appreciated.

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  1. Bill, the Amish market in Germantown has had geese for several years at this time of year, so there is a good chance they will again this year. You might want to order one in advance to be certain, though.

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    1. re: Terrie H.

      Thanks everyone.

      Terrie, the Germantown Market would probably be most convenient. Do you know if I can just call the "Amish Market" in Germantown or do I need to know the name of the poultry shop within the market? Do you recall the name?


      1. re: Pappy

        Well, Bill, I was positive I had a flyer from this place (the Lancaster County Dutch Market) that had each individual purveyor listed, but can't find it anywhere. The only thing I've come up with is a general number for the market, but I'm sure they can direct you: 301-916-4039. Please report back about your findings and especially how you fixed it!

        1. re: Terrie H.

          King's Poultry (& B-B-Q) at Lancaster Dutch Market is (301)916-2734. Taking orders for geese (8-12lbs.). They will be open Monday and Tuesday before Christmas for pick-up (usually open only Thurs-Sat).

          Sorry, I never thought to ask the price while placing my order.

    2. If you are willing to drive into DC, you can order them at Eastern Market...there are two poultry places in the Market, I pretty sure one is called Market Poultry, not sure about the other.

      1. I don't know how much trouble this would be, but I found on the web an organization called "Future Harvest" (link below) which is a "network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers living and working in the Chesapeake region." They have a listing for farms that sell organically-grown, free-range goose. One place in Maryland is Springfield Farms (16701 Yeoho Road, Sparks, MD 21152, 410-472-0738, email = There may be other places in Virinia/Delaware.

        I also noted while doing this search that Eddie's of Roland Park can either order or has young goose for $4.49/lb.

        Hope this helps. Happy holidays!


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        1. re: asun

          Springfield is a good bet, but I don't know if it wouldn't be frozen. They stopped selling freshly slaughtered chickens a few weeks ago. I guess because the birds dramatically slow down they're reproduction rate in the winter? I forgot to ask why exactly. Email them to be sure, in any case.

          1. re: asun

            Sparks is up I-83, just about 10 miles north of the Baltimore Beltway. It's 60 miles from my house in Upper NW DC. (I know because my brother lives in Sparks.)

            1. re: asun

              Hey!! Thanks! I live about 10 miles north of Sparks and had never heard of this place. I've been looking for a good goose (no wisecracks, please) and have just placed my order.

              Thanks again!


            2. I have that same reaction to Sutton--don't want to go there if I don't have to. Why is that? For Thanksgiving I made a pumpkin risotto, which called for fresh eating pumpkin, and I got one at SPG only after exhausting other avenues. (BTW, I can't recommend my pumpkin risotto. If I try it again I'll use a butternut squash--same color, same flavor (not much), easier to find and use.)

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              1. re: Bob B.

                Look for sugar pie pumpkins at natural food stores. They have a lovely sweet, nutty flavor that might make it worth trying your recipe again.

                1. re: Ramon

                  Or try a kabocha--Japanese pumpkin. Much more flavor.

              2. Try the Laurel Meat Market. They can get you pretty much anything you want, as long as you call in advance. Phone number is (410) 880-4004.

                I noticed when Christmas shopping that you can order one from D'Artagnan (link below). Anybody ever do this before? They certainly have a lot of products.

                Debbie S.