ISO: free-range chicken
I don't know if I'm just ill informed, but it seems like there's not much of an offer of free-range meat in this province. Sure there's lots of organic meat to be had, but I can't afford to eat organic meat on a regular basis. I also don't have a freezer so buying large quantities directly from the farmer is out of the question. I also don't care for just antibiotic/hormone free, because that doesn't mean it was raised humanely.
So is there a source in this town for preferably fresh free-range chicken?
I cannot help you with free range chicken this year, but I do have free range hens that lay the most beautiful eggs....lol
Hope you get more responses!
I sometimes place orders for organic, grass-fed and grass-finished beef from MacDale Farms. They are a family farm in the Gaspé, and one of the family members, Trudy MacWhirter, takes orders from and delivers to the Montreal area. Starting in September, they will also have organic, free-range chickens available for purchase, both as whole chickens and in de-boned meat only whole chicken vacuum sealed packs (the packs pack a lot flatter in a freezer, as the whole chickens take up about one cubic foot).
Their prices are very good, I find, for organic, grass-fed meats. $6 - $8 per pound, depending on whether you are ordering traditional cuts (braising cuts, liver, etc.) BBQ boxes (prime cuts for grilling), or mixed boxes. I have been quite pleased with the meat. They only take orders for 15, 30, or 50 lb. boxes (I usually go in on a box with a few friends). Not sure how the chickens will be offered. I too find it challenging to purchase large minimums direct from the farm, but perhaps the chickens will be offered on a per chicken, versus minimum poundage, basis.
This doesn't exactly fit your bill, I realize, but if you would like to contact Trudy, even to query about order sizes, let me know (maybe provide an email address?) and I will pass along her contact info.