Local chicken is hard to come by. Last fall, one night under cover of darkness in a rainy parking lot, I scored some delicious French birds, but this year my freezer has only been stocked with beef and pork. Good news! Pot pie is going back on the menu! Dropstone Farms will be offering Colored Range or Freedom Ranger chickens at the beginning of November. Chickens have been fed on certified organic feed and range happily on untreated pasture. Dropstone Farms began taking preorders at the Harvest Festival last weekend and will have sign up sheets out at this Saturday’s Bainbridge Island market.
Chickens are selling for $5 per pound, with an average of 5.2 pounds per chicken. They will be sold fresh. Estimate what you’ll need for the winter and stock your freezer.
How can you get your money’s worth out of your chicken? By using the whole thing! Roast and slice what you need for a delicious dinner. Then, use the leftover to make stock and soup.