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Apr 4, 2010 10:50 AM

Beyond rubber chicken - quest for best retail (market, farmer's mkt.) chicken options in Triangle?

Hi 'Hounds - besides the grocery chains, can anyone recommend a good chicken supplier?

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  1. I really like Brinkley Farm's chicken. They have it most weekends at the Carrboro Farmer's market.

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    1. re: brokegradstudent

      Hi there - went on the Brinkley Farm's website and they don't seem to offer chicken. :-(

      Everything else sounds great, however!

      1. re: Pigeage

        They had some at the Carrboro market a few weeks ago. It may not be a regular thing.

    2. Coon Rock farm and Fickle Creek Farm, both in Orange county, come to mind, as well as Fern Hill Farm. There are others at Carrboro, Eno River (Hillsborough), South Estes (Farmers of Orange) farmer's markets. I'm sure there are folks at the Durham and Pittsboro markets as well, I just don't know who they are.

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      1. re: fussycouple

        MANY thanks for this response! :-)

        1. re: Pigeage

          It's hard to go wrong with any farm-raised bird over a factory produced animal. Most farmer's markets will sell chicken. Give your local a shot. While you're at it, get a dozen eggs. We switched to farm raised eggs for our daily hard-boileds and it makes a world of difference.

          1. re: Pigeage

            NB - Coon Rock doesn't have chicken for sale at the farmer's markets - only thru a CSA.

            1. re: Pigeage

              I don't think this is correct. I was part of Coon Rock's veggie CSA for one season, and their weekly emails always offered various meat products for order, as long as you emailed them a few days before whatever pick-up site or market you wanted to use. I've continued to use this method to order their chickens, even though I'm no longer participating in the CSA. I think you just need to get on their mailing list so you know what products they have in stock that week.

        2. Castlemaine Farm sells chicken at the Durham and Carrboro Farmer's markets, and even have a chicken CSA program. I really like the way they raise chickens.

          I can't say enough good things about Brian and Joann either, super nice people.

          I know they were thinking about getting into egg laying chickens too, (turns out they aren't the same kind of chickens) but I haven't talked to them in awhile, so I'm not sure if they are selling eggs.

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          1. re: BustedFlush

            I don't have specific info about your area but have had great success with getting chickens from the Halal stores in the Charlotte area - they will not be the heirloom breed kind of chickens but remind me an aweful lot of European chicken with much less fat, whiter skin, etc. They are ussually very well priced.

            Hope this helps.

            1. re: BDM1

              Good Call. Raleighites might try the Halal chicken (and other freshly butchered meat) at the Almadina Supermarket, 1019 Method Rd -- off Western Blvd. Interesting place and lately they do take-out kebabs and such.