Our chicken tractors on the pasture, each "tractor" houses 50 chickens.
Eating locally is great. We know that. The benefits purchasing from your local farmers is threefold. From supporting the families who work and live in your community. To keeping your hard earned money within your community. To keeping our carbon footprint small by reducing the length of kilometers our food travels from the farm to our dinner plates. The benefits go on and on.
As we have seen prices in grocery stores increase drastically over the last couple months, I know the price of food is becoming more of an issue for everyone I know. Now is a great time to find a local farm and learn how to support them. We have a couple great options for you depending on your freezer space & families needs!
We raised some delicious chicken on our farm, and are pretty familiar with the best way to enjoy all of the cuts so we thought we would let you in on some secrets!! All of our chicken is available by the individual cut or in bulk boxes (5 and 10 lbs)
In this post we will talk about the most popular cuts and the least popular (but my honest favourite cut!!) and how best to cook them.
Best methods of cooking?
Each cut of chicken varies on how best to cook it. Whether you are a fan of the slow cooker, smoker, cast iron or BBQ there is a cut of chicken that is best suited for you!
We are part of the Artisanal Chicken Program through the Chicken Farmers of Ontario. This program allows us to raise up to 3000 chickens on our farm, selling direct to consumers, through restaurants and grocery stores. This is an amazing program! Not only do we have access to some great resources and training, it also allows us to maintain a very high quality life for our chickens. Through the program we have to adhere to the CFO's regulations from everything to receiving the chicks to housing them to daily care and shipping to the abattoir. We have yearly inspections with the CFO to make sure we are doing the best job that we can possibly do! And every year we are able to improve our operation.
Pasture raised chicken, GMO free, free range, cage free, free run... there are so many different terms used to describe how animals are raised now, so many that is often has us, the farmers confused! We are here to clear the air and explain how we raise our chickens and why we do it!
We believe strongly in allowing an animal to express their true selves throughout their life. We allow our pigs an environment to root through the soil & chickens to enjoy dandelions and search for bugs. We believe that our animals are happier and healthier because they have access to the sunshine and fresh green pastures! Which in turn gives us a high quality meat and egg product.
Our moveable chicken coops in the field on a summer day