2019 Bulk Chicken Program Now Available!

A mild panic ensued this weekend when I realized that our first baby chicks of the season are arriving in three weeks!!! It was just snowing last week, and now I feel behind on all our farm work. I remind myself that everything will get done, as it has each year before.

Registration is now open for our 2019 Bulk Chicken Buying Program. This program allows you to save money on larger quantities of chicken, the way you would by purchasing a whole or half hog or beef directly from a farmer. However, unlike with pork or beef, you can take partial deliveries of your purchase throughout our production season, making the freezer space requirements more manageable.

This is our third year offering a bulk chicken buying program and some exciting changes are coming. This year, the Lawrenceville Farmers Market will move to Tuesday afternoons from 4 PM to 7 PM, which will allow us to offer an option of fresh, rather than frozen, chicken. Other pickup / delivery options include pickup at the Bloomfield Saturday Market, home delivery to the Venango County area, or pickup at the farm. The program is very flexible, allowing you multiple options of amount of chicken, cutting and packaging, and delivery or pickup. As always, our chickens are raised outdoors on pasture, moved to fresh grass each day, fed a non-GMO grain ration, and processed by hand on our farm in our state inspected facility. Here’s how it works:

1. Decide how much chicken you will need for the season. We offer small (70 lbs,) medium (110 lbs,) and large (150 lbs) packages.

2. Decide how many dates you would like to receive chicken. Butchering will take place on the following Saturdays: June 8th, July 13th, August 24th, and September 21st. You may split your order over all four dates, or you could condense your order into a minimum of two dates, if you have a smaller order or would prefer to make fewer trips.

3. Determine how you would like your chickens. We can offer either whole ready-to-cook chickens, or cut to your specifications for an additional charge of $2 / chicken. Our standard cut-up includes boneless, skinless breasts, wings, leg quarters, and the back and neck reserved for making stock. We can also cut half chickens, separate the legs into thighs and drumsticks, or make bone-in and skin on breasts. Hearts, livers, gizzards, and feet are also available upon request.

4. Decide on fresh or frozen. Fresh chickens can be cooked right away, or you could cut them up and re-package them to suit your needs prior to freezing. Frozen chickens will allow you more flexibility to pick up or arrange delivery on your schedule.

5. Select your pickup or delivery option. Fresh chickens can be picked up at the Lawrenceville Farmers Market, at the farm or delivered to your home no later than the Tuesday after butchering day. Delivery area for fresh chickens is limited to a 25 miles radius from our farm in Rockland Twp, Venango County, PA. Frozen chickens can be picked up at the farm or at the Bloomfield Farmers Market the following Saturday. For customers outside our local delivery area, home delivery to the I-79 corridor and to Pittsburgh neighborhoods will be available on Saturdays. For those customers picking up at the farm, you will also be eligible for a 10% discount on any of our other products on pickup day, including pork, eggs, rabbit, and vegetables.

6. Place your deposit. Cash, checks, or PayPal payments are accepted to hold your spot. The remaining balance is due upon receipt of your first order of the season.

Leah Wilson