Smoked Chicken From Mandy and Mooberry Farms
I’m very excited this week to bring you some new products from Mandy and Mooberry Farm. It’s actually quite bad that I rarely call her farm Mooberry, I always refer to it as ‘Mandy’ because really it’s all about her.
If you miss getting produce from her in a week, you can find her at the Neighbourhood Goods Market on Saturdays in Braamfontein.
She’s one of my favourite food heroes and gives us something we highly value, truly free-ranged chickens raised in a small, loving, family run local farm. The transparency I have with them is fantastic, I can walk on and off her plot at will and she is eternally trying to raise the standards of what she’s doing.
She is currently trying to move the chickens on to a 100% grain free and gm free diet which isn’t the easiest exercise in the world which is why few are doing it, she’s growing sprouts, building up their insect and worm population and slowly transitioning them to a diet totally devoid of supplemental feed which contains grain and gm. As soon as that transition is over, I’ll let you know as she will then be the only chicken farmer I know of that has her chickens on a 100% pastured diet of natural insects, sprouts and non-gm input.
This week she will have smoked chicken for us as well. I’m super excited about this for lunches.
I’m not a great lunch person nowadays, I eat a substantial breakfast every morning and it keeps me going for most of the day. I also work through-out the day so don’t think to stop and do lunch and nibbling on fruit or some nuts is generally enough until dinner time. I’m running extraordinary lengths at the moment now and I prefer to run early evening to the mornings and if it’s over half an hour run and I haven’t eaten lunch, I find myself jaded the next day so I have to make a better effort with lunch.
Mandy has just made this super easy for me with her new smoked chicken portions. I can just throw these in a container with salad left-overs from the night below and there’s lunch! Easy.
Easy, convenient chicken without cruelty, anti-biotics, growth hormones and an almost 100% omega 6 rich grain non-ideal caged diet.
When convenience marries with sustainable produce, I get stupidly excited because it fast tracks change when eating well can also be done efficiently.
The chicken pieces have been preserved in a sugar and salt solution prior to being smoked on wood chips, there are no nitrates in the smoking process – no preservatives or additives on these so don’t keep them in your fridge for weeks, ok?
This is real food and real food should have a short shelf life.
See them up under the store under the category ‘free range chicken’.