Thursday, June 14, 2012

Growing our flocks

Our chicken flocks, both meat birds and laying hens, are growing! We sell our rainbow-pack (blue, white, and brown) eggs by the dozen at the Berkeley Farmers' market each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The market locations and times are:

Tuesday: Derby and MLK 2-7
Thursday: Rose and Shattuck 3-7
Saturday: Center and MLK 10-3

Come to the markets early if you want to buy eggs because we sell out very quickly, usually within the first half hour.

The laying hens include Araucanas, Australorps, Barred Rocks, White Leghorns, and VegaBrowns. 

Chicken is available fresh, not frozen at the farmers' markets. We sell the whole broilers with head and feet for $5 per pound; they weigh 3 to 5 lbs.

Through our Community Supported Agriculture program, the chicken is available frozen.  

The breed we raise for meat is the Freedom Ranger from a hatchery in Pennsylvania. According to the hatchery's website:

"The Freedom Ranger day-old chicks are hatched in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The breeding stock is imported from the regions of Burgundy and Brittany (France). The genetic stock is derived from the American and European old heritage breed of chicken and was developed in the early 1960’s to meet the highest standards of the French Label Rouge Free Range program. Currently, the Freedom Ranger genetic stock is used by most non-factory farm production models (alternative) all across Europe and also by small pastured poultry producers in search of a traditionally raised farm chicken - just like the "oldies", healthy and with a succulent flavor and texture."

Here is some customer praise about our chicken:

"I just had a taste of your incredible chicken at the SF Ferry Plaza yesterday when I enjoyed a breakfast sandwich from 4505 Meats.The chicken was so moist and flavorful - really delicious!" - SF customer

"Your chicken and pork are the best tasting I've had in awhile!" Ryan Farr, owner of 4505 Meats,

To order Riverdog Farm chicken, please email the farm: with your request.