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Monday, August 17, 2009

Soul Food Farm Launching a CSA for Coveted Pastured Chickens and Eggs

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 10:44 AM

click to enlarge Soul Food Farm's chickens get to walk around and eat stuff. - SOUL FOOD FARM
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  • Soul Food Farm's chickens get to walk around and eat stuff.
Starting in October, you might be able to score monthly pickups of the same chickens and eggs that the restaurants Coi, Quince, and Chez Panisse serve up.

Alexis Koefoed of Soul Food Farm in Vacaville told SFoodie she's trying to organize a CSA for chickens and eggs. Koefoed -- whose pastured chickens are in fierce demand by four-star chefs -- said she's hoping to make monthly dropoffs to Davis, the East Bay, and the Mission District. If it turns out there's enough demand in the city, the Mission might end up with two deliveries a month. Currently, city residents can buy Soul Food Farm chickens and eggs at Avedano's Meats, Prather Ranch Meat Co. in the Ferry Building, and Bi-Rite.

"It's been an idea of mine for quite some time, but I just hadn't put it together," Koefoed said. "It seemed like a good opportunity to do it now, since I have an opportunity to raise more chickens." The authentically free-range broiler chickens, which subsist on a diet of bugs and worms supplemented by a grain-based feed, will weigh in at between 3 and 4 pounds, with heads and feet attached, at a cost of $6.50 per pound. Eggs will be $6.50 a dozen. CSA subscribers will be able to order as many chickens as they like; eggs will be limited to three dozen at a time.

Subscribers will prepay an amount Koefoed has yet to determine, then make purchases against it, giving them the ability to skip deliveries. Local writer and editor Bonnie Powell, who helped Clark Summit Farm in West Marin organize its meat CSA last year, is aiding with the startup. Koefoed said she's looking for additional volunteers to help with distribution. Check out Soul Food Farm's Web site for more details or to sign up.

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