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Jul 24, 2007 06:34 PM

Organic Chicken

Where can I buy fresh organic chicken? I have been disgusted with Ralphs' chicken the last two times I got it. I think it was foster farms. I hate the smell, it makes me sick when I open it and then I don't want to cook it. This last one, I had it in the freezer for two days, let it unthaw in the fridge for a day, opened it and almost barfed. I threw it away.

How much would a whole chicken cost at maybe whole foods, or erewhon? Does trader joes have organic or free range chickens?


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  1. Whole Foods has good ones, Erewhons are tasty but sometimes overcooked. I'd say they hover around $8??? Bristol Farms also has good ones, not sure if they are organic or not though...

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    1. re: Quesera

      I'm sorry. I want them raw. I want to cook them.

      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

        In addition to WF and BF, you can go to Wild Oats as well as Vicente Foods, both in Brentwood.

      2. re: Quesera

        Got one at whole paycheck today, it was $2.29 a pound! Ouch! Thanks for all the recommendations, I will try all of them soon enough.

      3. Trader Joe's does carry them, at least in our area. They have two kinds - one is organic and free range and the other is one of the two (I forgot which, since I don't buy this one).

        They're worth a look, anyway - since they're a lot better deal than WF, even if they're on sale at WF... unless you want a larger bird, in which case you're stuck with WF.

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        1. re: salutlemonde

          TJs' free range roasters go for $1.59 in Sacramento. It's my standard bird.

        2. I buy them a couple times a month from a guy who sells eggs and whole chickens at the Santa Monica Farmers Market and the Venice Farmers Market. His name is Tomas and I cannot recall the name of his stall. At the Wednesday SM market, he is located on 2nd Street, south of Arizona, as you approach the parking structure. He charges about $9 for a chicken and it's a good organic chicken. It's quite a contrast to those big-breasted chickens at Ralph's that seem like they'd fall over before they could even take a step. (cue: some joke about the similarities between these chickens and the Hollywood bar scene...)

          1. Trader J has these terrific Kosher chickens...plump, free of crap and flavorful.
            we dont get the organic. we get the TJ carried Kosher. I forget the brand.

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            1. re: peterboy

              used to be EMPIRE which TJs is no longer carrying allegedly because the weights were sometimes less than stated. now it's AARON'S which i like better. the EMPIRE was not always fully plucked and so it takes longer to clean.

              MARY'S ORGANIC or NATURAL from whole foods is my favorite. we also buy her heritage turkeys every thanksgiving. ROSIE is also good.

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