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Here at Green Pasture Farms, it has always been our mission to reduce food waste to the absolute minimum by encouraging people to eat the entire animal.

We love and respect the animals that we raise, they make the ultimate sacrifice in order to nourish us and our families, and we therefore believe that their meat is sacred, and should never be wasted.

For this reason we only offer whole organic chickens.

Though we appreciate that the option to buy just some breasts, a couple of legs, or a pack of wings can be convenient, it often leads to wastage at the butchers – if a lot more legs are sold than breast for example.

Up until just a few decades ago, buying whole chickens was the norm. It was only the rise of industrial factory farming that made chicken a cheap commodity that meant it became economic to offer portions, even if this meant a significant portion of the birds never reached the table.

We cannot condone letting good meat go to waste, so we have decided to only sell the whole bird.

Every single part of the animal can be used – this is what our ancestors have done for millennia. The meat, the skin, the bones, the offal – all contain valuable nutrition.

We do appreciate however that bones and offal are not for everyone, so we do have options:

  1. Whole Unportioned Chicken – Just as nature intended, the complete package. Buying the chicken whole means less food waste, less packaging, plus it works out cheaper for you as there’s less labour at our end.
  2. Whole Portioned Chicken – If you really don’t have the time to prepare the chicken, and/or don’t want to make stock with the carcass this may be the option for you. We’ll cut the chicken into individually vacuum packed portions for you and remove the carcass so it can be purchased by someone else who’d like to use it for broth.
  3. Whole Chicken Diced – If you are planning on making dishes with diced chicken, we can dice the whole bird for your convenience.
  4. Whole Chicken Minced – If you are planning on making dished with minced chicken, we can mince the whole bird for you.

We hope that you understand and appreciate this decision, and that it does not inconvenience you too much.