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Where to find a goose in the bay area?

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Looking to prepare a eastern european meal and the centerpiece will be a roast goose. Any suggestions or hints would be welcome. I know its traditionally only sold around holiday times but I have seen the odd one here or there this summer.

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  1. You can order goose from pretty much any full-service butcher. Polarica sells wild goose.


    1. You might check Sonoma Poultry...they have some pretty big ducks.

      1. Cheung Hing on Clement St had fresh geese in the case when I was there in May. Many Chinese butchers in SF and Oakland have fresh geese available.

        Cheung Hing
        323 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Cheung Hing still had geese recently, maybe in July when I stopped in to check them out. I think it's a year around thing for them.

          1. re: SteveG

            I called Cheung Hing today to see about picking a goose and was told "no goose, no more".

        2. Raley's / Nob Hill has been carrying frozen goose.

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          1. re: rworange

            In case anyone is looking for a goose for the holidays, this was a great tip. It saved me last month when I'd planned a wine dinner for 14 people around Julia Child's braised goose stuffed with sausage and chestnuts, then I couldn't find a goose!

            I would have preferred fresh, but the frozen goose that I bought from Nob Hill in Alameda was pristine, and it had all it's giblets. Price was higher than I expected costing me nearly $70 for a 9+ lb. bird.

            I talked to the meat guy in the store and he said that he gets a shipment of frozen geese once a year and once they're gone, that's it. At that time, there were about 6 in the case with weights between 9 and 10 lbs. I was in the Petaluma Raley's recently and noticed that it had several frozen geese, bigger ones around 12 lbs.

            Lucky for me I didn't buy a bigger one. Once I defrosted it, I tried to fit it in my covered roasting pan. If I cross the legs and cinched them up tightly with a firm trussing, I could close the lid. Whew!

            The recipe came out fantastic and that size bird was just right with many other dishes for that size of dinner party. I made some very rich stock with the carcass. The little bits of meat went into a bowl of goose rillettes and I had some very good gravy leftover. The 9+ lb bird rendered nearly a quart of goose fast.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Glad that worked out. I was glancing at the Raley's frozen geese last week. The San Pablo store had quite a few in the freezer. The goose I looked at was $57 though I'm not sure the weight because it made me go 'wow'.

              1. re: rworange

                Oh yeah, the checker did a major double take ringing up my purchase! The price as about $2 per pound more than I'm used to paying. I wonder if the Chinese butchers will have geese again after the holidays, maybe they only can get them in off season.

          2. I suspect that you will be able to get Goose in Chinatown in either Oakland or San Francisco. I do know that Polarica will definitely have Goose.

            105 Quint St, San Francisco, CA

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            1. re: skwid

              Polarica did not have any geese available when I called two weeks ago, but expected to have them for the holidays.

              105 Quint St, San Francisco, CA

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                about 2 years ago I got at Polarica and it was frozen and rather "ribby". There used to be a farm outside of Sebastopol that had them fresh every year , I cant remember the name as it has been at least 5 years,

                105 Quint St, San Francisco, CA

            2. You'll find lots of geese hanging out at the Marin County Civic Center lagoon. :-)

              1. Safeway has frozen goose in the freezer cases around the holidays only.
                I sometimes see them at Golden Gate Meats in the Ferry Building, and the Bristol Farms at the Westfield Center.

                Guerra's says they have them on their site: http://guerrameats.com/products2.aspx...
                Drewes Bros. also has them but you have to call 1 day in advance.

                Golden Gate Meat
                Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

                Bristol Farms
                845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

                Ferry Building
                One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

                1. I noticed frozen geese at Berkeley Bowl yesterday.

                  Berkeley Bowl
                  2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703