Politics and food writer Arun Gupta on eating a “happy chicken” from Cayuta Sun Farm.
It wasn’t getting a freshly plucked rooster for my birthday that made it so memorable. It was the realization of what a real chicken tasted like.
We raised a healthy (and somewhat feral) flock of Dark Cornish roosters this summer. They are also unique because of their thick, compact bodies, unusually wide backs, and broad, deep breasts. These super meat qualities have made the Dark Cornish a truly gourmet item for eating. Their compact build will fool you as they are always heavier than they look. These birds have a very rich, almost game bird-like flavor and are a rare treat for lovers of free-range meat.
If you’re looking for ways to store some of the goodness of the summer for the months ahead, we currently have about 30 pasture-raised broilers for sale. They are part of the larger flock grown to feed students at the Permaculture Design Certificate course held at Cayuta Sun Farm each summer.