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Need a Goose

Pappy Dec 10, 2002 10:45 AM

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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    Terrie H. RE: Pappy Dec 10, 2002 10:48 AM

    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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      Pappy RE: Terrie H. Dec 11, 2002 06:42 AM

      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?


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        Terrie H. RE: Pappy Dec 11, 2002 05:58 PM

        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!

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          Pappy RE: Terrie H. Dec 13, 2002 10:23 AM

          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.

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      Tweaked RE: Pappy Dec 10, 2002 10:52 AM

      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.

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        asun RE: Pappy Dec 10, 2002 11:58 AM

        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 = ourfarm@comcast.net). 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!

        Link: http://www.futureharvestcasa.org/amaz...

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          pleiades RE: asun Dec 10, 2002 12:17 PM

          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.

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            GregJ RE: asun Dec 10, 2002 01:28 PM

            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.)

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              Christina D RE: asun Dec 11, 2002 12:55 PM

              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!


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              Bob B. RE: Pappy Dec 10, 2002 01:21 PM

              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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                Ramon RE: Bob B. Dec 11, 2002 08:07 AM

                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.

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                  zora RE: Ramon Dec 11, 2002 08:57 PM

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

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                dstultz RE: Pappy Dec 10, 2002 02:50 PM

                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.

                Link: http://www.dartagnan.com/index.asp

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                  James G RE: Pappy Dec 10, 2002 09:34 PM

                  I am too lazy to see if someone has already suggested this, Bill, but I was at the Eastern Market today (12/10) and they had geese at the poultry stall. I have bought geese from them before and they have them non-frozen (i.e., fresh). If I remember right, they were also relatively inexpensive (as geese go).

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                    shellydawg RE: Pappy Dec 13, 2002 12:46 AM

                    i have a place that has free range goose. very fresh and local... Springfield Farms... ijust talk to them today and i was told that they have fresh goose. there number is 410-4720738. ask for david smith.


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                      Rob RE: Pappy Dec 24, 2002 07:49 AM

                      For those who, like myself, put everything off until the last possible fraction of a minute, Wagshal's Market (4585 Mass. Ave., near American University) still had a few fresh geese as of yesterday afternoon. I hadn't been there before -- it's a very cool little boutique butcher shop/grocery, if somewhat pricey.

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