Fresh or Frozen Chickens

Today we had our last batch or meat chickens of the season processed. These are a Sagitta chicken and are available as a whole chicken for $4.00 per pound. They were raised on a combination of certified organic feed and our own oats, peas and wheat (plus all the vegetable scraps and “good stuff” they could find in the pasture).

The Sagitta is a cross between a Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red and Cornish Cross. They are a heavy breed that will provide a nice size bird on the table. Because they are a slower growing breed that is also a great forager, they require a lower temperature for roasting. This also makes them a much more flavorful chicken than the typical grocery store chicken that lived 5 weeks inside a building.

I roast them for 30 minutes per pound at 325 degrees with a light coating or olive oil, salt and pepper and some garlic cloves and rosemary in the cavity. They also make great stock.

We will have some available fresh tomorrow and Wednesday. After that, they will all be frozen.

Please call 815-467-5259 (leave a message if no answer) or e-mail before coming out and I will have them ready for you to pick up. I will be home all day but will be busy picking veggies so will only be near the stand when I’m expecting a pick-up.

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