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Affordable Happy Chicken?

February 17, 2011

The amount of driving I have in front of me over the next several days is daunting.

Saturday I drive to Providence, RI. After spending the night, Sunday morning I will drive to Boston and then back to Albany in the later afternoon with a stopover in Worcester. Monday I pack up the car again for a brief trip down to D.C. only to return again on Wednesday. Those last two seven hour trips will be broken up with extended stopovers in Philadelphia for some regional sandwiches and coffee.

I’d stay in D.C. longer, but Mrs. Fussy would miss the kids. Besides, I allegedly have a dinner date on Thursday with some fine local food folks that I am super excited about.

Why bore you with my travel plans, when I’m not even telling you about all the marvelous things I plan to eat while I’m away? Well, because I’m going to miss something very important, and I want you to go in my place. And take notes.

How does local, sustainable, ethical, free-range and affordable chicken sound to you?

Really it sounds too good to be true. But that’s the plan. And Deb Gordon is spearheading it. Deb Gordon is also known as Reb Deb, as she is the Rabbi over at Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy. And like many other people I know, she also blogs for the Times Union.

Did I mention the meat was kosher?

Hopefully that doesn’t freak you out and prevent you from participating with this program. Personally, I’ve never placed much of a premium on kosher foods. In theory they should be better than those produced through conventional means. But I’m not convinced that plays out in practice, although I’d really like to learn more.

Still, when I’m trying to eat happier meat, I’d rather buy kosher or halal meat than something that came out of the general supply.

So what are you doing on Monday? Here’s the text as I found it in a press release:

Please join us on President’s Day Monday for one or two events about local, sustainable, ethical, and kosher meat, with Rabbi Shalom Kantor, the US’s only Conservative schochet.

All are welcome to Rabbi Kantor’s morning talk about kosher slaughter, ethical meat production, and Jewish values concerning what we eat.  This talk will be of interest to anyone concerned about how to eat rightly and Jewishly.  In addition, it is a prerequisite to the afternoon workshop.  Donations are welcome, and childcare will be provided.  This talk will be given at Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union Street (Route 7), Schenectady, at 10am.

At 2pm on the same day, at Rabbi Debora Gordon and Judy Wienman’s farm in Brunswick, Rabbi Kantor will do a hands-on training workshop for those interested in learning techniques for kosher slaughter of chickens, with the ultimate goal of bringing local, free-range, humane and affordable kosher meat to the Capital Region and supporting local community farmers.  Directions to Reb Deb’s farm available on request.  Babysitting provided on site.  Donations are welcome.  For more information, contact Sharon Astyk at

The ultimate goal of the day is, “to start a kosher, ethical, free-range, humane, sustainable, and affordable chicken CSA perhaps as soon as this summer.” And to me that sounds awesome. I love chicken. So I’m really hoping one of you can go in my place.

You can check out more details here.

Tell me you are going. And if you are not going, I expect to hear a pretty damn good excuse. If you are on the fence, but it just sounds too Jewish, let’s talk. Should you want to talk privately, I’m always here for you at danielb [at] fussylittleblog [dot] com. And if you do go, I expect to hear all about it on Tuesday.

Happy meat!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2011 12:13 pm

    You must inform me on your next sojourn to DC. I can introduce you to the finest in DC coffeeshops and DC/Baltimore food.

  2. February 17, 2011 4:07 pm

    I will {hopefully} go in your absence…sounds promising….

  3. February 17, 2011 6:11 pm

    Hoping to go to the am meeting, assuming the girls are better. Will report back.

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