Newman Pastures
A Whidbey Island Pasture-Based Farm
2100 Newman Rd
Langley, WA 98260
(360)234-3276

Pastured Chicken from Newman Pastures

Our pastured chicken is raised outdoors, in small flocks, moving to fresh ground daily, foraging for bugs and fresh greens, and eating local, organic, GMO-free feed. The result is a bird that is more ecologically sound, tenderer, and tastes better. It is sold either as whole chickens or you can buy individual cuts.

Why pastured chicken? What's the difference between pastured and free-range?

Chickens, like all farm animals, were created to live outdoors. Furthermore, chickens are happiest when they can dig through the ground to find worms, greens, and bugs of all sorts. Most modern chickens are raised in large barns with thousands of birds. Respecting the natural environment of the chicken creates a chicken that is not only happier, but also healthier and tastier. Is this any better than the free range chickens you see at the supermarket? Certainly! The USDA requirement for including the label free range on a package of chicken is Producers must demonstrate to the Agency that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside. There is no requirement for there to be any fresh greens or even any incentive to go outside. (If it's just a mud lot outside and there's no food, the chicken would probably prefer to stay inside.)