Is it just me, or is there actually something to the theory that chicken which has been raised in a more humane, sustainable fashion, just plain tastes better. Is that true? Because in my mouth, it does, even if it’s just my brain tapping my morality or whatever, and turning that into flavor, which of course, is possible. Brains are strong muscles capable of strange things, as we can all concede. But the truth is, the chicken might just taste better in a kind of independent way.
These days, with all the hullabaloo about locally raised produce, antibiotic- and hormone-free poultry, and everything else, I don’t think I’m alone when it comes to more people taking a more time in the stores when they choose the meat, chicken and fish that they take home for dinner. We want to know where these products are coming from, what methods were taken in raising the animals, what additives were a part of their lives, and what shortcuts were taken in order to get the products to market.
Maybe shows like Portlandia have blow this out of proportion, portraying skits where people at restaurants take a slightly elevated level of concern and curiosity, and blow that up to ridiculousness where they expect to know the name and biography of the animal they’re about to eat. In the Pacific Northwest, though, we do have some amazing purveyors of meat and poultry, and one of the true standouts among them is Draper Valley Farms, currently in Mount Vernon, Washington, which has been going strong since 1935. Yesterday was National Poultry Day, so we’re going to take a look at this farm, and pass along some of the pertinent info on what they’re doing to produce better chicken.
All of the following information has been taken from the Draper Valley Farms website, which you can visit for yourself.
DRAPER VALLEY FARMS CHICKENS ARE RAISED WITH:
- No Antibiotics – EVER!
- No Added Hormones – EVER!
- No Preservatives – EVER!
- 100% Vegetarian diet with No Animal Fats or by-products – EVER!
- Comfortable housing for a stress-free environment
- Humanely raised in spacious housing with natural light and ventilation
- Audit trail for each flock
- Always Fresh – Always Local!
DRAPER VALLEY FARMS PRODUCTS
“Draper Valley Farms is the pioneer of Washington and Oregon-raised fresh chicken since 1935. Our Ranger and Draper Valley Chicken can be seen all over the Pacific Northwest region at your favorite retailer.”
The people behind Draper Valley Farms have made a thorough commitment to sustainable practices in their operation, including the adoption of sustainable farming methods in place at all of their ranches. Further, they ensure that every effort is taken on an ongoing basis to recycle and conserve water and energy in all of their agricultural operations.
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