Our heritage-breed Green Circle Chicken was a chef exclusive, but we decided to let you in on the secret. These old-breed chickens are raised longer than the others in the Green Circle program, for a more intense flavor.
With head and feet left on, and giblets inside, this a chicken that keeps on giving. Save the bones, and use the heads and feet, to make a rich, gelatin-filled stock.
Featured on the front page of The New York Times and CNN, this unique chicken was inspired by the common sense, waste-nothing philosophy of days past, when chickens lived on vegetable scraps and roamed freely around farmyards and pastureland.
In that tradition, we raise our chickens on a diet of surplus vegetables and trimmings collected from commercial kitchens and farmers markets. By saving these vegetables from their fate in a landfill and turning them into nutritious chicken feed, we raise healthier birds and contribute to a better world.
Not only are they fed well, these chickens are certified humane, making them rare birds indeed. They are air-chilled during processing, which means you get nothing but pure chicken flavor, not retained water.
Our holistic approach produces truly wholesome results. And that’s why we call it a Green Circle chicken. No waste = great taste.
Just the facts
- Certified humane by Humane Animal Farm Care
- Heritage-breed chicken
- Raised free-range
- Surplus vegetable and wholesome grain feed, including corn and soy
- No antibiotics or hormones
- No animal by-products
- Air-chilled for no retained water & maximum flavor
- Farm-to-table audit trail
- Sold in an uncooked state
- Head and feet on
- You may find a few dark pinfeathers
- Case of 5, not individually wrapped
- Product of USA
- For best taste on fresh products, use or freeze within 3-5 days of receipt; for frozen products, use within 1-2 days after thawing
D'Artagnan is dedicated to finding farmers that share our vision of a more humane way of rearing livestock. We look at scale and sustainability; choosing only those farms that respect nature and focus on the best animal welfare practices.
Our network of small Amish and Mennonite family farms in Pennsylvania raise the Green Circle chickens the old fashioned way. They are environmentally responsible & sustainable and offer farm-to-table traceability.
The Green Circle chicken is a special bird for many reasons, but what sets it apart is the diet. The chickens are fed clean surplus vegetables from markets– for instance, the bruised, cut or otherwise unattractive vegetables - along with cuttings and peelings from restaurant kitchens and wholesome grains, including corn and soy. These unloved vegetables are saved from going to landfills where they would create methane. Not only do the chickens benefit from the vegetable diet, but it makes sense for the environment too.
All Green Circle chickens are raised and handled according to Humane Animal Farm Care’s stringent welfare policies, and are the rare bird that receives their humane certification. And of course, no antibiotics, hormones or arsenicals are ever used.
Our chickens are also free-range. In order for poultry to be certified free-range, it must be raised in specific conditions: with access to the outdoors and natural light, ability to forage naturally and a minimum of 1.5 square feet of space per bird when indoors. Green Circle chickens enjoy more than twice that space in the barns. In addition, to be called free-range, chickens must be raised to a minimum of 8 weeks of age, as opposed to 5 or 6 weeks, which is standard for commercially-raised chicken.
Green Circle chickens are air-chilled and hand processed in a low-volume facility near the farms where they are raised. From start to finish, these birds are treated and fed well, and the result is a supremely tasty chicken on your table.