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Fresh goose in Bay Area?

Where can I find a fresh goose to cook for Christmas? Any local producers? I saw the thread from last year, but looks like that person stopped raising geese.

Thanks!

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  1. This morning I called S & B Farm to see if they'd been able to convince/train anyone to raise geese. Nobody, the man said the work is too hard.

    I also called Metzer, the hatchery, in Gonzales (Salinas Valley) and the woman referred me to Grimaud in Stockton, 800-466-9955. If you follow-up, please let us know what you discover.

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    S & B Farm
    125 Lynch Rd, Petaluma, CA

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Link below to Grimaud's online web store indicates both frozen and fresh gees available but only for limited holiday period.
      http://www.secure-kew.com/grimaud/mai...
      If anyone finds other sources not requiring delivery service, I hope the info gets posted here.

      1. re: alfairfax

        Costco, Mollie Stone's, Ver Brugge and others have stocked Grimaud products. Probably not fresh geese on the shelf, but maybe taking special orders for Grimaud birds since there's a vendor relationship. Worth a call to Mollie Stone's to do a price check. But check that you're getting Grimaud, as the last goose I saw at MS was from out of state.

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        Verbrugge Meat-Fish Poultry
        6321 College Ave, Oakland, CA

        Mollie Stone's
        310 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, CA 94904

    2. My fave butcher, Verbrugge on College Ave in Oakland, is getting them in for the holiday season. best to call in advance and put in an order.

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      1. re: escargot3

        Verbrugge has very tasty geese - just be ready for the $100+ price tag per bird.

      2. Belcampo will have some at a pop-up in Oakland right before Christmas.

        From an email I received:

        December 22nd Holiday Beef & Bird Meat Up + Craft Food Marketplace
        (The Thursday before Christmas Eve)
        Time: 3pm to 7pm
        Place: 65 Webster St, Jack London Squre, Oakland

        Meats available for pre-order and pick-up on December 22nd or delivery on December 23rd (within the Bay Area ONLY):
        Wagyu and Angus Beef: boxes available for $35-$350
        Pastured Holiday Goose: $95/goose
        Duck Confit: $30/pack of four legs
        Delivery: $20, visit our website for details

        From their website (http://www.belcampomeatco.com/shop#De...): HOLIDAY GOOSE

        $95 for 6-8 pound 100% naturally-rasied pastured Goose. Vaccuum packed, fresh.

        This seems on the small side for a goose, based on my search of epicurious.com recipes. Anyone have other goose size experiences?

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        1. re: bgbc

          Yes, that seems small to me too. The ones I've purchased in the past ranged from 9 to 12 pounds and I've seen 14 pounders as well.

        2. TLBS is taking orders.

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          The Local Butcher Shop
          1600 Shattuck Ave #120, Berkeley, CA 94709

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Anyone get one last year? We're debating purchasing from them or Verbrugge.

            1. re: hyperbowler

              TLBS has them at $14/lb, 10-12lb on average, this year and will be open Christmas eve and on the Sat/Sun beforehand

          2. Just got ours at Berkeley Bowl today - not locally raised, though. They're Schlitz birds, the producer mentioned in the Dec Saveur mag: http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen...

            They're $70-75 apiece, and I noticed that there were many more in stock than usual, in prep for xmas.