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Aug 20, 2010 08:52 AM

Fresh Poultry in Wilmington DE?


I'm relatively new to the area and have yet to find a place with decent poultry. The local Fresh Grocer leaves a lot to be desired, and unfortunately the fabulous farmer's market in New Castle doesn't carry meat (that I've found).

Thanks in advance :)


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  1. I think the best you can do is Bell and Evans at Haldas Market:

    1. Ama, I get the best and freshest chickens at Papas Food Market in Wilmington, 6th Street between Union and Lincoln, the best.

      1. Stoltzfus Meats in the New Castle Farmers' Market carries fresh chickens. They're in the Pennsylvania Dutch section which is only open on Friday and Saturday. There's also a Stoltzfus Poultry in the Booth's Corner Farmer Market in Boothwyn, PA just off Foulk Road.

        1. This is really late, but in case you're still looking...
          I get my chicken from Delaware Local Food Exchange on Kirkwood Highway. If you're on their mailing list (or if you phone), you can find out which days the never-frozen chicken is delivered from the farm. It is very delicious chicken.

          I don't know about the chicken at Papa's Food Market. I've stepped in three times and never been able to stand the smell of the store. It's too bad because I would love to support my neighborhood grocery store!

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          1. re: FuriousOyster

            FuriousOyster, thanks for that link. I have never heard of this place. Is that the natural foods store in the shopping center next to Kahl-Bee Korean?

            I would be interested to know how the prices are on meats. I live very close to Harvest Market in Hockessin but the prices for meat in there make my eyes water. And by the way, when I lived in Wilmington I used to buy meat at Papa's all the time, and it was excellent. The guys behind the counter are super friendly and they are great about cutting to order, or ordering for you anything they don't have that day. I never had any issues with the smell in the store--to me it's just a great, old-school place. I miss going there.

            1. re: travelmad478

              After looking around a bit more on the board, it's clear to me that I need to give Papa's another shot; I'll try actually to buy some meat this time. Does anyone know where their meat comes from?

              Delaware Local Food Exchange is inside the store Nature's Way which looks to me to be a bit west of Kahl-Bee Korean. Nature's Way/DLFE is right next to the Family Dollar (across from Jake's Wayback Burgers).

              I'm not sure how DLFE meat prices compare to Harvest, but I'm going to DLFE today or tomorrow and will note some prices. Everything's pre-packaged so it's not like going to a butcher. But the meat tastes so good--so much flavor. Anyway, I'll see what I can find out.

              Kahl-Bee Korean Restaurant
              2011 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19805

              1. re: FuriousOyster

                OK, I know just where that is. If the meat is fresh I will be interested. At Harvest Market it's all frozen and packaged, and beyond the staggering prices (I am talking like $13/lb for things like pork chops), I don't really like the cuts of meat they offer.

                I have no idea where Papa's gets their meat. For sure it is not grass-fed and organic, but at least they cut it the way I like: for example, thick-cut chops instead of the supermarket kind that are a half-inch thick; cut-to-order lamb or pork shoulder; a breast of veal in the weight I specify; etc. To me that is the most important thing.

                1. re: travelmad478

                  travelmad478, I'm not sure where Papa's get their meat either but I do know that he buys the whole steer and butchers it himself. That's why I get my burger there, I feel safe in cooking it rare....

                  1. re: travelmad478

                    travelmad, I asked the woman who owns the shop, and she said that people tell her that DLFE is cheaper than Harvest. She is charging $7.50/pound for boneless pork chops (which are delicious--I've purchased them twice) and $5.50/pound for chicken thighs (bone-in if I recall). (And, I don't remember the price, but the thick, bone-in pork chops are beautiful.) Apparently the chicken is fresh from the farm (never frozen) almost every Thursday; the other fresh meat comes in more sporadically (and what doesn't sell right away is then frozen). But much of the appeal here is the grass-fed/local/organic/etc.; it wouldn't be cut up just for you, so it might not suit you.

                    Again, thanks for the heads-up about Papa's.

                    1. re: FuriousOyster

                      Thanks, Furious--I will try to make it out there soon. I'm rarely down that way but I can make a special trip!

                      1. re: travelmad478

                        Oops! I meant to say the chicken is fresh on Fridays.

                2. re: travelmad478

                  I realize this is an old post, but thanks, Travelmad, for telling me about Papa's. I was in the neighborhood this afternoon (at Moore Bros. in Trolley Square) and with veal bones (for stock) on my shopping list I decided to stop in to Papa's. I walked out with about 7 pounds of fresh, meaty bones, sawed into nice size pieces, for under $2/lb. Oh... and also a crusty loaf of bread, Parmesan cheese, spicy salami and a bottle of olive oil. The people there are so helpful and accommodating; I'll definitely go back.

                  1. re: CindyJ

                    Very glad you liked it! They are so nice in there.

                    Funny to read this thread now. I actually shop at the DE Local Food Exchange a fair amount now (first discovered it through this very thread!) and have become friendly with the owner. I wish I lived within easy shopping distance of Papa's these days, because I still need well-butchered meat. That said, in the last couple of months Fresh Direct has started delivering to Hockessin, and I may start buying meat from there. I got one delivery of groceries from them a few weeks ago and might start ordering from there more often. They seem to have a good meat selection, with a lot of variety and interesting cuts. It is worth a try.

                    1. re: travelmad478

                      I haven't ever been to the DE Local Food Exchange, but I'll try to remember to stop in next time I'm in the area. You're really not so far from the Country Butcher in Kennett. If you've never been, you ought to check it out. Great butcher and lots of other good stuff.

                      1. re: CindyJ

                        I have been to Country Butcher and have to report that I am too cheap to shop there (same goes for Doc's in Hockessin). I have plenty of money, but I just cannot deal with paying 75 bucks for a roast!

                        1. re: travelmad478

                          I would have agreed with you until two weeks ago, when I paid $32/lb for a prime, trimmed and tied chateaubriand at WF. It was as good as any I've ever had, and it came out to about $16 per person.

                          1. re: travelmad478

                            Agreed. Doc's is certainly not worth the money. Problem is the supermarket's meat is dogfood. I make trips to costco, an imperfect solution.

                            Same problem with fish. Nothing decent nearby.

                            1. re: sal_acid

                              Yeah, I hate supermarket meat generally. Although I actually do get a lot of decent stuff at the Pathmark on Lancaster Avenue--they stock a lot of the cheaper cuts and roasts that I always want, but that Acme never has. That is why I am going to give Fresh Direct a shot.