This week’s green challenge is to find a local poultry source and switch over from our store bought chickens. Little did I know how difficult it would be to find organic chickens in an area that is primarily known for its agriculture and a Coen Brother’s movie. I have been looking all week for a local farm that sells organic chicken and have fell short. Do you have any ideas for me?
My first thought was to do a quick search of Google and it did not really give me much information. I found some listings for local health food stores like Swanson’s, GNC and Tochi, but I have been in these stores before and do not remember if they have these items. Even if they do, I guess I would prefer to buy them straight from the source rather than from the store. Now that I think of it though, I should check again at Tochi because they are a local store and even if they do not carry poultry, they may know where I can.
Then, I posted the question on my Facebook account and did find some good information. Somebody sent me the site www.localharvest.org, but all I could find within driving range was a place that USED to sell chickens, so I had no luck there. Numerous individuals mentioned the Hutterites (similar to Amish, but they have some modern conveniences) and how great they are, but nobody seems to have a contact. They have a colony somewhere in the area and I have heard they sell chickens and turkeys, but no such luck… YET.
Finally, I thought I would try the phonebook. Possibly I did not need to do all this searching because there was something listed in the Yellow Pages. Possibly I was also wrong. I could not find the Hutterites in the phone book, nor could I find anything in the yellow pages.
So, I am still on the prowl for organic chickens. If you happen to know of any in the Fargo area, please let me know in the comment area below. In the meantime, I am going to follow up with Tochi health foods and also try and follow up with the Facebook friends that indicated some knowledge of a Hutterite contact. Stay tuned to see if I can even complete my chicken challenge!