And it’s SPECIAL!
It costs more than a commercially raised chicken, but a SpringRain Farm organic pasture-raised chicken is truly a deal when you think about the many guilt-free-amazing-tasting meals one can eat off one chicken, and when you compare the “per pound” price against other meats.
These are special birds in that they are certified organic and they are truly “free-range”. The chickens spend their days foraging for bugs and seeds, running and flapping their wings, protected in large portable shelters that are moved on a regular basis. On non-inclement days, the doors to the shelter are wide open. In addition to all the foraged food they want, the chickens dine on organic feed from In Seasons Farm (Abbotsford, BC).
Because they are slower growing and more muscular than commercial birds, they have a tender but more “meaty” consistency and a more flavorful satisfying taste than standard grocery store fare. Once you get an appetite for them, there’s no going back. ”Freedom Rangers”, the breed that John Bellow has chosen to raise for his meat birds, were bred by the French in the 1960s for their quality meat and is the breed favored by many of the best French restaurants.
Roxanne, John’s wife and chicken-cook par excellence, is a fan of brining the birds for 30 minutes before cooking. They are then good grilled, fried, baked, or smoked! Check out Hope Borsato’s recipe this month for Grilled Butterflied Chicken.
Or try Ajax Cafe chef Jon Luzadder’s succulent recipe for Cider Braised Chicken that he demo’ed at the store last weekend: