The Reality of Factory Farming Chickens

 Remember, how your meat was raised has a direct impact on the taste & nutritional value of the meat that you consume. The worse the conditions the worse the chicken is for you to eat!

It's time to know your farmer and eat chicken that is healthy for you and tastes great! We trust Holleman Farms, they do it right! We will be having a chicken sale soon! Be sure that you're signed up here with your e-mail address so that you don't miss out! 

Pasture-Raised Farm Animals

Truly sustainable livestock farming requires the use of a pasture-based system. Pasture-raised animals are free to roam in their natural environment and eat nutritious grasses and other plants that their bodies are created to digest. This not only improves the welfare of the farm animal, but pasturing also helps to reduce environmental damages while yielding meat, eggs and dairy products that are more nutritious and tastier than factory farms.

Holleman Farms has true pasture-raised chickens and pigs. Their animals are happy, healthy and their meat tastes delicious! This is the way farming is meant to be! 

Memorial Day Prep- Beer Can Chicken

It seems that cooking a whole chicken is a little daunting to some people. It might seem like it's more work, but in reality it isn't much work! Here is a simple recipe to get you excited about cooking a whole chicken! If you haven't ordered yet, check out the Meat Market in the Provision House and order a Holleman Farms whole chicken. The chickens will be ready for the 4th of July and you can test out this awesome recipe. 

Beer Can Chicken

1 (4-pound) whole chicken
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub
1 can beer

Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and dry rub. Set aside.

Open beer can and take several gulps (make them big gulps so that the can is half full). Place beer can on a solid surface. Grabbing a chicken leg in each hand, plunk the bird cavity over the beer can. Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod.

Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on directly under the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately 1 1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed with a sharp knife. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Recipe courtesy of Bob Blumer

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Did You Know?

It is estimated that close to 50% of meat and poultry on supermarket shelves in the US are contaminated with Staph. The USDA only routinely tests for four bacterias and Staph is not one of them. Researchers tested the contaminated meats and found that the livestock were the major source of contamination due to poor, densely stocked, dirty living conditions. 

Do you want to take a gamble with your health and purchase meats that might be in that 50%? It's time to know your farmer and/ or rancher so that you don't have to worry about eating contaminated meats.