Dear Prospect Heights CSA Members,
We’re offering our geese again, for current holidays, or anytime you feel like a delicious roasted bird. You can order a goose, even if you’re not receiving veggies for the winter. Ted will transport the geese again.
The Geese. The goslings, all gray and white Toulouse (a heritage breed), arrived one lovely morning in May as day-olds, peeping away in four large boxes at our local Post Office. Right away, we dipped their bills in fresh water as we counted and transferred them to larger containers. We also let them sample some ground up ‘turkey and game’ starter food. Then it was off to the sheep barn to a brooder, with heat lamps to keep them warm and straw or hay bedding to keep them dry.
Outside the heated area we put their feed and water atop more bedding, and surrounded the area with solid barriers, to prevent drafts. They could waddle out of the warm area for feed and water, and more water, and even more water. They’re messy birds, and we added more and more bedding, and even more bedding to their brooder and pen.
They soon learned we were t-h-e meal ticket, and chattered at us every time we walked near their pen. As they grew, their pen grew, until they were large enough to explore the grass near the barn. Geese love grass, and are excellent lawn mowers.
In a short time, we ‘weaned’ them from the brooder to range about the farm, protected by movable electric netting. They love their grass, and love their water and more water and more water. Today they prefer whole shelled corn instead of their mash as a supplement to the pasture. The carbohydrates in the corn give them energy for warmth as the weather cools.
Goose Fat. Goose meat is lower in fat than beef or lamb. The rendered fat is semi-solid, having a composition more similar to olive oil than to butter. Goose fat contains more unsaturated fat than does butter, and of that over 50% of the fat is the beneficial monounsaturated oleic fatty acid, an Omega-3. Rendered goose fat is excellent for sautéing vegetables or roasting potatoes.
Ordering Info. The geese will cost $7.95 per pound, dressed, which includes state-inspected processing. We estimate their weights to be between six and ten pounds. Geese are very hard to catch and handle, so we’ll offer them as small, medium, and large. We’ll appreciate a $20 deposit. Then we’ll send a bill by email, once we’ve had the birds processed.
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee sizes, and hope that none will be smaller than six pounds. We’ll come as close as we can to the weights below. You’re welcome to order more than one goose, for delivery at the same time, or for different delivery dates.
Please send an email or call, if you have questions, or if you’re ordering.
Download the form here: Winter 2010 Goose Order Form