What it is: All-natural, cage-free, vegetable-fed chicken
Bonnie: I like everything about this new Just BARE Chicken from Gold’n Plump Poultry, a family-owned company.
Its chickens are raised humanely, vegetable-fed, contain no antibiotics or hormones and come in easy-open, clear, recyclable plastic trays, allowing you to see what you’re purchasing; the whole chicken is in see-through plastic.
The company is also transparent about its chicken sourcing. Next to the manufacturer’s freshness-date code on each package, there is also a family-farm code; to learn where your chicken was raised, just enter that code at justbarechicken.com. The first time I tested this on my whole chicken, I learned it was raised by Jim & Julie S. in Little Falls, Minn., who’ve been raising chickens since 1996; the second time from Gerry and Connie from Foley, Minn.
And most important: The chicken tastes great.
The only problem is availability for those of us in the Northeast. According to the publicist, “Gold’n Plump is constantly working to secure new retailers, and I know the Northeast is an area of focus for 2010, but I can’t confirm any new retailers for that area as of right now.”
If you’re interested in purchasing Just BARE Chicken, speak to your store manager as they do listen to their consumers.
Bryan: Just BARE Chicken. Could there be a more simple or straightforward product name? It’s a pure concept; Just BARE chicken is simply chicken. That might seem overly simplistic, but in a world where even our bottled waters have additives, that’s unique!
Just BARE Chicken has no added hormones or antibiotics. All of the chickens raised for Just BARE Chicken come from family-run farms, with each package of chicken coming with a three-digit family-farm code. Consumers can use the code to trace the chicken right back to the specific farm where it was raised, and additionally learn some basic facts about the farm.
The Just BARE brand is a new concept. The product is distributed by a partnership spearheaded by Gold’n Plump Poultry, a family-owned provider of premium chicken. There are about 300 family farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin who also contribute to the brand’s line. You might eat chicken every day, but this will still likely be love at first bite. There is nothing like a high-quality product, and this is one for sure! It’s amazing when you taste an animal that has not been farmed, as much as it has been raised. Freedom tastes good. So good, in fact, that Just BARE Chicken was selected by the National Grocers Association as one of the top five new products for 2009.
So, what makes this chicken so different? These aren’t free-range (and the prices reflect that), but they’re also not kept in cages. The chickens live in modern, climate-controlled barns where they are free to roam around, as well as to eat and drink at will. Living in the barn further protects the chickens from environmental hazards, such as avian flu.
More importantly, no hormones or steroids or antibiotics are used in any of Just BARE’s chickens. This is simply chicken. The chicken ma’am, just the chicken.
Eric: What a concept – take one chicken, add fresh drinking water, all-you-can-eat natural locally sourced feed and a loving farmer. Sound surreal? What’s amazing is that this concept doesn’t only exist – but it goes the distance in incorporating a sustainable mentality, from 100% recycled packaging to the use of bakery and brewery “leftovers” as part of the chicken feed.
The world is screaming for a new approach and mentality when it comes to food. Just BARE Chicken is answering the call – and it’s worth the extra money to support such a cause. Which would you prefer eating; a chicken that had the opportunity to cross the road or one that never left the test tube?
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