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Best place to buy Organic Chickens in Montreal?

Fatfrank Mar 8, 2008 09:21 AM

Having watched a show on French TV here in Quebec recently on how they give antibiotics to chickens in the egg even while unborn to speed up the growth process I am convinced to purchase my own organic whole chickens and prepare meals myself. Does anyone know where to purchase organic chickens. i.e. chickens raised without antibiotics?

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    Moosemeat RE: Fatfrank Mar 8, 2008 02:09 PM

    There are a a few organic butchers on the second floor of the Atwater market, they tend to be pricey, even for organic stuff, but it's a good place to start.

    My provigo carries some organic chickens, and I would guess that most lablaws do.

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      Venusia RE: Moosemeat Mar 9, 2008 10:34 AM

      Really? Organic chicken at Provigo? Do you remember from which farm? Or are you talking about the naturally raised stuff?

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        SnackHappy RE: Venusia Mar 9, 2008 10:41 AM

        I've seen them in grocery stores, too. I think it really depends whether there is local demand for it. For some odd reason my local Metro stocks lots of rare meat and offal, but no organic meat. The IGA in my old hood had organic chickens and game meat, but not much offal. YMMV.

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      emerilcantcook RE: Fatfrank Mar 8, 2008 03:16 PM

      Not hundred percent sure that they are raised organic (you can perhaps call them to check), but poultry from Fernando (116, rue Roy) are all Quebec raised and taste much better (and much like chicken) than conventional chicken.

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        Calembredaine RE: Fatfrank Mar 9, 2008 10:27 AM

        I suggest to look there:

        You will find farms who deliver or sell in Montreal


        The better thing it's to buy directly from the farmer...

        1. carswell RE: Fatfrank Mar 9, 2008 11:09 AM

          Les Fermes St-Vincent, the organic butchers at Jean Talon and Atwater markets, are the best I've found at the retail level; be prepared to pay a bundle, however. ExoFruits on Côte-des-Neiges and Supermarché PA (at least the store on Park Ave.) also sell organic birds (I don't recall the producer).

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            Simon Patrice RE: carswell Mar 9, 2008 07:45 PM

            Prince noir at JTM also sells some for 9.90 a kg if I remember correctly. I just bought and ate one this weekend and it was especially good. (My first organic chicken) I was just amazed to see how normal its proportions were compared to "regular" chicken. It had wings with actual meat on it and the breast didn't look like it had been blown up. My wallet won't like me but I think it'll be organic chicken for me from now on.

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            T.I.M. RE: Fatfrank Mar 9, 2008 10:01 PM

            Boucherie Westmount in NDG has some organic free range chickens sometimes, call and ask Tony if he has some, if he doesn't he will get them in for you. Prices are ok, not cheap but not totally overpriced either. He has also started getting in more special poultry like quail, goose, fully smoked turkey and capons.

            5207, Sherbrooke/Marlowe

            1. Xiao Yang RE: Fatfrank Mar 9, 2008 10:13 PM

              Dunno about Montreal, but in San Francisco Costco recently started carrying organic chicken.

              1. rillettes RE: Fatfrank Mar 10, 2008 07:51 AM

                I get mine at the Metro on Laurier, and it'll usually cost about twice as much, but hey, at least I'm not putting even more crap into my body.
                Another alternative is to buy kosher chicken, which, if I'm not mistaken (I'm a goyim), is almost as pure. You can find them at the Loblaw's up in Ville St-Laurent.

                1. FrenchPeach RE: Fatfrank Mar 10, 2008 01:37 PM

                  Loblaws carries them in their frozen organic section.

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                    Venusia RE: FrenchPeach Mar 10, 2008 04:30 PM

                    Okay I'll have to take a closer look, I had the impression they only had prepared foods in that fridge. I've seen the organic chicken nuggets, but never a whole organic chicken. I buy mine from Le Crepuscule, you don't need to buy a share to purchase from them.

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                      Venusia RE: Venusia Mar 26, 2008 01:50 PM

                      I finally found the PC Organics chicken at Loblaws; it was in the conventional meat section, next to the frozen New Zealand lamb. 8.80$/kg for a 1 kg chicken, they look tiny like quails. Well, in a pinch, it's good to know it's there. Ferme Le Crepuscule sells them for 7 $/kg, and you can get large or small ones.

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                        Simon Patrice RE: Venusia Mar 26, 2008 06:11 PM

                        Where do you buy the ones from Le Crepuscule? The chickens I bought at Prince noir cost around 9.90$/kg. if I remember correctly. They were really good though.

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                          Venusia RE: Simon Patrice Mar 27, 2008 04:47 AM

                          They have dropoff locations all over the city. FWIW, they supply Au pied de cochon with old hens.

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                            Simon Patrice RE: Venusia Mar 27, 2008 07:18 PM

                            Thanks! I'll check them out.

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                              hala RE: Venusia Apr 8, 2008 07:23 AM

                              could someone please help me?

                              i was trying to figure out where their drop off locations are but i am have a bit of trouble.....

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                                cherylmtl RE: hala Apr 8, 2008 07:28 AM

                                It only seems to list dates and areas of town (under "points de chute" - you have to go into placing an order to get the submenus). 5 Saisons carries their chickens as well, on a regular basis.

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                                  lagatta RE: cherylmtl Apr 8, 2008 09:38 AM

                                  They also sell small ones (frozen) at Segall's aka the "stinky store" on St-Laurent just south of Duluth. Though I will look into the drop-offs.

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                                  Venusia RE: hala Apr 8, 2008 08:08 AM

                                  For safety reasons, you won't get the addresses from the website, you need to contact Jean-Pierre and Debbie directly and they will give you the contact info for the coordinator, who usually hosts the drop off. The drop-off locations are usually people's houses. For example, my drop-off is at a residential location, she has a freezer outside in her carport and when the orders come in, she calls everyone and we go pick up and leave a cheque. The arrangements may differ by location.

                                  Jean-Pierre is presently taking a butcher course, within a few months he will start offering fresh meat.

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