Springer Mountain Farms Chicken.

As you know, I’ve been making an effort to cut animal products out of my diet for health reasons.  I don’t eat much meat anymore, if at all.  One thing I still buy is chicken because everyone in our family loves it.  When I do buy it, I try my hardest to make sure I buy all natural chicken that is not pumped full of antibiotics or hormones.  I also like knowing where my chicken came from, how it was raised, and what it was fed..  This is something that really matters to me.  This is something I know matters to the people at Springer Mountain Farms in Mt. Airy, Georgia.

A few weeks ago, a representative from Springer Mountain Farms contacted me to see if our family would be interested in trying their chicken.  I said yes, but I secretly wondered how different their chicken could be from other natural chickens we’ve bought before.

{Spoiler:  They are infinitely better.}

Last week a giant box arrived via FedEx.  My little one was very excited to open the box with me.

Inside the box was a styrofoam cooler where we found a sampler pack that included two whole chickens, two packages each of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and thin chicken strips.  Everything was perfectly frozen and well packaged.

I immediately started thawing one of the whole chickens.  One meal my whole family will eat and enjoy together is whole roasted chicken.  My kids were super excited.

When I cut open the plastic packaging, I was immediately struck with how fresh the thawed chicken was.  It didn’t smell at all.  The skin was my first clue that this was no ordinary chicken.  The skin had great color and texture.  The liquids were clear.  The giblets were the giveaway to its freshness and quality; they were proportional to the size of the chicken, as were the chicken breasts.

The chicken breasts weren’t gigantic, meaning the chicken was probably able to walk.  Call me picky, but I notice those things.

Springer Mountain Farms is American Humane Association certified, and was the first poultry producer in the world to gain that that endorsement back in 1999.   To find out more info about why that’s important, you can read about it here and here.

Back to the roasted chicken.

Other chickens I’ve roasted have released a significant amount of fat and liquid.  This is most likely because they are fed a crappy diet and pumped full of a sodium solution before they are frozen and shipped.  The Springer Farms Chicken wasn’t the least bit fatty.

We weren’t prepared for how moist and delicious the chicken was.  Think of the juiciest, moistest chicken you’ve ever had–it’s better than that.  My husband said, “Wow.  Is this your cooking or the chicken that’s so good?”  While I’d like to say it was me, it wasn’t.

Springer Mountain Farms has made a repeat customer out of me.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to buy any other chicken.  (They didn’t tell me to say this, by the way.  After I tasted my first bite of the chicken, I ran to my computer and e-mailed them to tell them how fabulous it was.  My husband and I agreed it is the best chicken ever.)

You can check to see if Springer Mountain Farms chicken is available in your area or shop online.  The prices are very reasonable and it only costs $9.99 for shipping. (!)

Tomorrow I’ll show you how I’ve been roasting chicken, along with ways we used the leftover roasted chicken and the homemade stock.  Whet your appetites, everything I made was delicious–pot pie with leeks and mushrooms, gnocchi with kale with chicken jus, and curried chicken salad.

Disclosure:  Springer Mountain Farms sent our family a sample pack of their chicken to review.  My opinions are my own and I only review products on Cafe Johnsonia that meet my standards of excellence and fit the feel and subject matter of this blog.

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9 Comments

  1. It sounds great, but. . . what do you do with the styrofoam coolers? Can you send them back for reuse? I didn’t see anything about that on their website. Their chicken might be the bees knees, but I wouldn’t buy it if I’d be stuck with a styrofoam cooler each time.

  2. So I’ve decided I need to move to Utah and be your neighbor so I can try all your amazing culinary creations as opposed to reading about them and attempting them myself :)

  3. My mom just brought 15 organic, all-nutural chickens from a chicken farm out in Midvale. I can’t remember the total, but we figured that each was about $12-15 a piece. She gave me one and it was so delicious. Such a rich chicken flavor.

    And I was at Costco last week and saw 2 organic chickens for $20. Not bad!

    If you really want to get fired up about the chicken produced in this country, watch “Food Inc.”

  4. I never realized there was a difference in chicken! But just from the pictures, you can tell this is some fresh stuff!! Can’t wait to see the recipes! :)

  5. This is the only chicken that I have bought for several years now. I buy Springer Mountain Farms chicken because humane treatment of farmed animals is one of my top priorities, and if you’ve ever seen the pictures and videos of what happens to most chickens raised and sold in this country I’m sure you’d make this decision too. The fact that they don’t allow the use of antibiotics (which may very well breed a superbug in the near future) and the health benefits for humans are, to me, a great side benefit. I have also had conversations with my vegan and non-vegan animal advocacy friends. I really do understand the vegan argument, but I also feel that buying this chicken supports a humane and sustainable alternative. Marisa – believe it or not, each time we get an order (they come frozen so they have to be in styrofoam) – and we like to order large amounts of chicken per order, we just the styrofoam containers out by the side of the road, and someone always picks them up. I believe that people pick them up to use them as coolers instead of buying a cooler. I hope there will be a better material soon, though.

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