PASTURE-RAISED & ORGANIC FED
We strive to grow the healthy, great tasting, and humanely treated birds while simultaneously IMPROVING the soils and pastures we are committed to protecting! The birds arrive at our farm as baby chicks and are moved to pasture within three weeks where they enjoy lush pastures and fresh air. Our birds are also supplemented with a grain ration from Green Mountain Feeds - a certified organic feed company located in Vermont.
If you are looking for a humanely raised, organic-fed, supremely tasty chicken - you have come to the right place! Our birds are grown only during the peak of the season to ensure maximum tastiness. When the weather in the northeast begins to warm in earnest, typically by late-April, our birds are moved to pasture so they can live a healthy and comfortable life where they consume large amounts of growing forage. The birds consumption of green forage is what makes our birds taste and texture so amazing. You are what you eat and eating fresh forage combined with organic grains really does result in a tasty bird.
This philosophy limits our production capacity but also ensures our birds are always grown in a healthy environment which benefits both the birds, the pastures, and your plate!
Depending on the season we may grow as many as three or four different breeds of meat birds which are available in varying quantities throughout the season. We grow primarily two types of meat birds, the large-breasted Cornish-Cross and the slow-growing incredibly tasty red feather broiler chicken from France known as Freedom Rangers, (aka Red Bro). We love to trial new breeds as we continually seek the best tasting and healthiest birds we can find. We work closely with our hatchery to ensure we are getting the strains and breeds best suited to our growing methods.
Our birds always have access to shelter, fresh clean water, healthy grains and lush pasture. Once out on pasture our birds spend their days with continual access to healthy pastures full of clovers and grasses, sunshine, and clean fresh air. The open floored coops are moved through the pasture EVERY DAY to guarantee a healthful and clean environment. The combination of natural light cycles, plentiful forage, exercise and organic grains ensures healthy tasty birds. The coops are surrounded by electrified fencing to provide additional protection from wandering dogs and other hungry predators.
Our birds are currently processed off farm at a USDA inspected facility. Each bird is hand inspected for wholesomeness and quality and kept fresh for several days after processing then quickly frozen in our on-farm freezers.
WHAT WE FEED OUR BIRDS . . .
Our meat chickens are well-muscled birds and require a high quality balanced feed ration in order to meet their maximum tastiness. We pay great attention to the quality and maintenance of our pastures to ensure the birds are consuming as much green, healthy forage as possible. In large part, their consumption of clovers and grasses play a big role in ensuring a flavorful bird. The pastures provide anywhere from 5-25% of the total nutritional needs of our birds with the rest of their diet provided by a certified organic grain mixture of soybeans, corn, oats, wheat, vitamins, minerals, a mix of probiotics (lactobaccilus acidophilus) and grit (granite bits which aid digestion).
We have worked hard over the years to find the freshest and highest quality feed ration available in New England. We work closely with Green Mountain Feeds in the constant effort to improve our feed ration. For complete transparency we have included a scanned image (to the left) of the feed label. No antibiotics, hormones, animal by-products or synthetics of any kind pass the beaks of our birds! Our feed is certified organic which means no GMO-grown corn or soy!
HOW TO PURCHASE?
Some of our chickens can be reserved online but they are also available frozen, in the Farm Store. We sell whole and 1/2 chickens, legs/thighs, backs, boneless breast and giblets. All items are subject to availability.
In a typical season we harvest our first birds in late May and conclude our harvest by the end of October. Fresh birds are available on the farm 1-2x per month. Check our on-line store for availability.
FRESH Harvest Dates for 2019
Our birds will be harvested FRESH on the dates listed below, with self-serve pickup available at our Farm Store from Friday evenings through Monday evenings:
June 1 // June 15 // July 3 // July 27 // August 17 // September 7 // September 28 // October 12 // October 26