Whole organic chicken?
- Flexitarian Dec 24, 2011 01:13 PM
I rarely eat meat of any kind but do salivate for it once in a while. I was at Costco yesterday and saw their whole roasted chickens that sell for less than $8 and started salivating. But, I didn't buy one as I try to the healthiest meat possible which includes as many as possible of the following attributes: 'organic' (is that the right term?), local, as traditionally and humanely raised as possible, free range, no or little antibiotics in the feed, etc etc. So I went to Cumbrae's and bought a whole chicken there today that they said reflected what I as looking for as best as possible. But, at $4.49 a pound and only being slightly larger than the ones as Costco it cost me over $15 (and I still have to roast it!). But given I'm using it in lieu of a turkey for an Xmas dinner for myself and a friend and the fact it has the attributes I want, I I didn't mind (that much).
However, I was wondering where else in the city one can find similar whole fresh 'organic' chickens.
I would expect most free-range, organic and/or traditionally-raised chickens to cost around $4.49/lb, considering it costs more to raise those sorts of birds, and the market for those birds is smaller than the market for conventional, cheaper birds.
Might be worth price-checking at The Healthy Butcher, and Fiesta Farms.
Also, this thread might have some leads for you:
The Healthy Butcher
565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA
Or Rowe Farms (some like it,some don't
Not certified organic meat, but as good as, is "Fresh from the Farm" near Donlands and O'Connor. http://freshfromthefarm.ca/. All Kitchener-Waterloo area Mennonite products. Mennonite farmers produce food for their local community, and since they trust each other to use healthy practices, they don't feel the need to certify. Lots of variety of chicken/beef/pork, available in store or by pre-order. Also baked goods, home canning, cheese, eggs and produce (in season).
I pick mine up at Loblaws - I can't remember the price off-hand. I'll make a point to post the next time I grab one :). They're locally raised.