GROUND CHICKEN, 1lb packs — From Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch
Ground Chicken One 1lb pack
Humanely raised on pasture
Raised by Frank Reese on Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch
All vegetarian fed
Ground chicken is our go-to staple, the most versatile item in the entire Heritage catalog! For chili, meatballs, ragu in pasta, as filling for dumplings, tacos, stuffed peppers and anything else you can imagine, there is nothing so delicious, filling, easy to prepare and of course, sustainable! Ground meat is an essential part of true nose-to-tail farming and dining — but mostly, Heritage ground chicken is delicious, and an essential item to keep in the freezer at all times.
“A chicken is no better than the farmer behind it. And the genetics, of course,” says Frank Reese, whose chickens are one of the only flocks in America to receive certification by the American Poultry Association, and the USDA, as 100% purebred Heritage, standards that were set in 1873 to define and defend best practices in American farming.
“My birds are harvested at a normal age and maturity, and having that maturity brings taste, flavor, texture. The industry has removed that. All the industrial chickens have salt water added – they call it flavor enhancers — what people are used to now, the taste of chicken they think they love, is mostly just added salt.”
Frank is a true hero of the heritage food movement and he has been featured in publications ranging from The New York Times to National Geographic as the foremost poultry expert in the U.S. His story is the reason why when it comes to meat, the word “heritage” is synonymous with “heirloom.” Good Shepherd chickens can be traced back over 100 years, are 100% antibiotic free, and pasture raised on the Kansas prairie. This is by far the juiciest, most flavorful bird on the market today.
Our Heritage breed chickens are unlike what you may very well be used to: they taste different from supermarket chickens, they look different, and even need to be cooked differently (low and slow) to bring out their wonderfully intense, natural chicken flavor.
And while Frank Reese raises dozens of different breeds (we update our website frequently with fresh offerings) we have chosen to focus on three of our favorites, the Plymouth Barred Rock, Cornish, and the New Hampshire, all of which are considered endangered species, the kind you have to eat to save.