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Pastured Chickens?

Ashley12 Apr 15, 2013 10:05 PM

I just roasted the best chicken I have ever tasted. Bought it at the Oakland Farmer's market on Saturday. Does anyone have a consistent place they buy pastured chicken? Perhaps less than $7/lb?

Used this recipe tonight: http://nourishedkitchen.com/perfect-r...
subbed the ghee with duck fat and just used the herbs I have in my garden (rosemary, thyme, and parsley).

The flavor was incredible, not sure I want to eat any other type of chicken again. Recently made the full switch to pastured eggs and am certain I won't be looking back.

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    wally Apr 15, 2013 10:25 PM

    Who raised the chicken?

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      Ashley12 Apr 16, 2013 11:34 AM

      Unfortunately, I can't remember. I just remember where their stand is at the market. I can report back after the weekend.

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        moto Apr 16, 2013 02:19 PM

        the Prather ranch stand at the Grand Ave. Saturday market sometimes has very good pastured chicken, right around $7.lb. don't recall the grower. they're a little larger than most pastured birds found around here (5-6 lbs. rather than the more usual 4-5).

      2. wolfe Apr 16, 2013 05:45 AM

        (rosemary, thyme, and parsley)
        You got something against sage?

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          Ashley12 Apr 16, 2013 11:34 AM

          Nothing against sage, just don't grow it.

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          INDIANRIVERFL Apr 16, 2013 09:11 AM

          Capon, rooster, stewing hen, roaster?

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            Ashley12 Apr 16, 2013 11:34 AM

            Pretty sure it was a regular roaster.

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            Rapini Apr 16, 2013 10:41 AM

            Not sure about the price point, but Marin Sun Farms at the Rockridge Market Hall has some...They also sell eggs from pastured chickens.


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              Ashley12 Apr 16, 2013 11:33 AM

              I didn't realize their's were pastured. Will definitely check it out next time I'm there.

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                Rapini Apr 16, 2013 11:54 AM

                IIRC, they have two types of chickens, only one of which is pastured, so I think you need to be specific when you shop there.

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                  moto Apr 16, 2013 02:16 PM

                  on my recent visit, they had two different breeds of pastured chickens (5.99 and 6.99 i.i.r.c. per lb.) the more expensive one had french bloodlines so they said, that has thrived in outdoor conditions. (in the French markets the best chicken is sold with the neck and head intact with feathers, so there's no mistake of the freshness and the exact breed and place of origin of the bird, and they are not inexpensive). we tried one last week end and the flavor and texture were pretty close to perfect; with some pastured birds one is aware that they're very muscular, more concentrated flavor compensating for that.

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              DavidT Apr 16, 2013 02:30 PM

              Just for clarification, what is the difference between the terms "pastured" and "free-range?"

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                susanl143 Apr 16, 2013 02:59 PM

                Free range means the coop has an open door and the chicken can walk outside if it wants to, although even if it doesn't, it is still called free range. The outside yard can be gravel or cement. Pastured chickens live outside on the grass at least part of the day. They eat the grass, the bugs, and anything they can steal from the garden.

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                  moto Apr 16, 2013 03:28 PM

                  growers have explained to me, that the breeds they allow 'free run' but are not 'pastured' would not thrive if they weren't in a sheltered coop much of the time. they use different breeds for the birds that go out extensively and forage for food.

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                  sugartoof Apr 16, 2013 02:49 PM

                  Wouldn't the vendor you got it from be a consistent and now tested source?

                  Are you looking for another option in the East Bay?

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                    Ashley12 Apr 16, 2013 03:16 PM

                    I find that meat vendors at farmers markets tend to vary their product/availability. If I go late one day, they might be out of chickens and some Saturdays I don't make it to the market. Thought it'd be nice to know of a place that I could go pick one up any day of the week.

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                      moto Apr 16, 2013 03:24 PM

                      the Marin Farm shop at the Rockridge 'market hall' has had at least one type of pastured bird on my trips there, which are fairly frequent but irregular in periodicity and day of the week. and they're easy to telephone. once winter retreated, they've also had duck eggs regularly.

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