Starting in June, Walden will be offering local, in-season, pastured chicken to our members! Our pastured chickens lead happy lives with permanent access to land for dust bathing, scratching, and grazing – all natural chicken behaviors. Our chickens are allowed to be chickens! As a result, we think they taste more like chicken should taste.
We want to emphasize that the chickens we provide are not just “cage free”. The USDA has very loose regulations regarding cage free labeling, and there are no requirements for the amount, duration, or quality of outdoor access for the chickens. Similarly, there are no restrictions regarding what the birds can be fed. Walden requires that our chickens never be fed antibiotics, animal byproducts, or GMOs. We also ensure that the chickens are never handled or treated inhumanely. Check out our affidavit on poultry for more information.
While you can feel good about supporting local farms and sustainable practices, pastured chickens also offer numerous health benefits over non-pastured chickens. Pastured meat contains higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and lower levels of Omega-6 fatty acids, and a low Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio has been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer and autoimmune disorders.
As well as being good for you and humanely raised, our chicken simply tastes better. Pastured chickens are more balanced in their light to dark meat because they grow slowly and naturally, and this slow growth also allows complex and well-defined flavor to develop in the meat. You can prepare and enjoy your pastured chicken in a variety of ways, such as roasted, grilled, poached, or our favorite- spatchcocked!
Local, pastured chicken is virtually impossible to come by in grocery stores. The most consistent way to get pastured poultry is to drive to a local farm that raises chickens. Walden, however, can bring this amazing product directly to your door!