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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.

            1. Chinatown is a good place to try. I believe that last year I saw them at a poultry market on Grant quite near Broadway - north side of street.

              1. According to Michele Anna Jordan's column today, Salmon Creek Ranch in Bodega has geese. Not many, so reserve soon.
                http://pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com...
                http://www.salmoncreekranch.com/

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                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Last weekend one of my friends said she bought a goose from Salmon Creek Ranch last year and it was outstanding. The geese are raised on organic pasture. She has reserved another one for Christmas.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      Yikes, now that I think about it they must have been frozen.

                  1. Bi-rite has Grimaud Farm's fresh whole goose for $9.99/lb.

                    http://issuu.com/bi-ritemarket/docs/b...

                    1. Doesn't specify fresh or frozen, but G&G Market's weekly ad (prices good through 12/25) has Whetstone Valley (Schlitz) young goose for $4.99/lb. That's quite a low price.
                      http://www.gandgmarket.com/weekly-ad-1/

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                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        There was goose on the chalkboard at the Cafe Rouge butcher counter today. They reopen Wednesday.

                      2. I've been wanted to try this for some time. So, then... how do you cook a goose?

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                        1. re: pauliface

                          Here's a link to discussions on the Home Cooking board on how to cook a goose.
                          http://www.chow.com/search?q=goose&am...

                          The last time I roasted one, I turned to Julia Child for one of her recipes.

                          1. re: pauliface

                            I'd recommend doing a test run on a cheaper goose before commiting to a $100+ bird for the holidays. The $30 one on Ruth's link sounds promising!

                            Last year I got one from Verbrugge on College Ave in Oakland. Cooked it using the recipe from Julia Child's "The Way to Cook." The quality of their meat helped cover up user error--- don't underestimate the amount of poking you need to do to help render the fat out and the importance of checking the temperature for doneness. It went nicely with Zuni Bread salad.

                            1. re: pauliface

                              i've also been wanting to try this.

                              do any sf restaurants serve goose in a style similar to what one would cook for the holidays?

                              or, in a nushell, could someone provide a description of what makes goose meat desirable, compared to other poultry?

                              i've only had goose in hong kong. thanks.

                              1. re: Dustin_E

                                You might check with some German restaurants and see if they are serving it as a special for the holidays.

                                1. re: Dustin_E

                                  Suppenkuche, Walzwerk, Perbacco, Schroeder's, Cetrella, and Speisekammer have served goose in previous Decembers.

                                  Goose has a distinctive flavor, though half the reason to cook a farm goose is to get the fat to cook with. Wild goose can be extraordinary but is so lean it's tricky to cook.

                                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                    I had the goose at Speisekammer, but that was several years ago.

                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                      I used to go to Speisekammer for goose annually, but the last two times I went a few years ago it was dried out and tough, as if it had been sitting around, so I gave up trying.

                                      1. re: Pius Avocado III

                                        That's how it was at Schroeder's, though they're about to change hands, so maybe if they have it next year it might be better.

                                        Vladimir's used to cook it that way as well.

                                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                          Not sure if Suppenkuche still does it--- no Yelp mentions since 2011 and it's not on their online menu. It was good while it lasted...

                                          Vladimir's current preps sound similar to reviews on the boards from his death in 2008. A meal in September of this year was adequate, definitely not as good as the German places listed above. Good rabbit, but none of their other entrees (potentially goose) left an impression and the dumpling portions were ridiculously small for a Czech place. They've got character though, so it's a fun stop for beer if you're in Inverness.

                              2. You can buy a live goose and have it killed and dressed for you at Saba in Oakland: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/910432

                                1. Found out about another source for local geese today -- Green Goose Farm in Petaluma.
                                  http://www.greengoosefarm.iconosites....