This is part 4 in the Almost Fit series on pasture-raised chicken. Part 1 is How to buy chicken without getting punched , part 2 is How to save money on chicken at the grocery store , part 3 is Demystifying chicken labels: From Organic to All Natural , and this is part 4. If you enjoy these articles, please consider sharing it via StumbleUpon . Thanks.
“Research is the act of going up alleys to see if they are blind” - Unknown
Finding locally grown and raised products can be a challenging proposition to say the least, particularly in metropolitan areas where going directly to a farmer may be more difficult. On the other hand, people looking for high quality food at an affordable price are also to be found in increasing concentrations in cities these days, so with demand, there may likely come supply.
What is your experience?
For us, though we live 20 minutes outside of downtown Portland, we’ve found nearly all of our local resources with a little persistence, a listening ear, and being willing to speak up a little when the subject arises, even among (oh, the horror!) strangers .
I do think that it is becoming easier to find real food as the group of people interested in eating well grows, but the resources don’t generally come to you - you’ve got to go after it a bit. Many of the readers of Almost Fit are very clearly doing this; hopefully the following list will be of use to both experienced hunter-gatherers of farm raised products and those of us just getting started.
15 ways to find pasture-raised chicken
For online resources, try these:
The ancient Chinese secret to finding local resources
In the digital age, the biggest temptation for many of us is to hide in our little insular digital worlds, researching a subject for days and weeks online without ever having to speak directly to another human being. Unfortunately, while this works for some things like reading about the history of Uruguay or watching a video on how to change the heating element on a dryer (I just did this - Thanks, YouTube!), in many cases it won’t get you very far if you’re trying to find out what’s going on right now in the world of local farming.
In other words, the most important trick to finding good resources for pasture-raised chicken? You need to rise from your seat, get out, and talk to people . Building connections with people in your community is probably the quickest way to find what you’re looking for, whether it is pasture-raised chickens or a good auto mechanic.
I am not sure, but I think my generation was among other things the “don’t talk to strangers” generation (a tradition that has been passed down since). While there is certainly some wisdom in that concept, I think we may have taken it a little too far by carrying the principle into adulthood. Get to know your neighbors, particularly those of the older-than-you generations. Despite how it feels at times, you are likely not the first person in the history of humanity to have asked these questions - but you may never know until you start striking up a conversation or two with people outside of your circle.