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Barred Rock under the Elm

heritage breed chicken 

Taking orders now for July 13, 2024. Email us at

Raised 22 weeks on pasture (instead of 8 weeks for industrial birds), these chickens offer the best flavor and nutrition there is - anywhere. Try them and we think you will agree.

Whole birds @ $7.75/pound

Parts and cuts @ $9.80/pound

What is better than a chicken you can buy at the grocery store or even most farmer’s markets? How about a slow growing, heritage breed bird raised on pasture at Sister Grove Farm! This is our alternative to the Cornish-Cross breed which dominates the market now in spite of their tendency for health problems and inability to live a full chicken life. We understand the economics of raising these fast-growing birds but we feel like folks should have an opportunity to taste one of Grandma's birds.

That's what she did before Sunday dinner. Grandma went out to select something special in the barnyard and her options were all a variety of different heritage breed birds. At Sister Grove Farm, we feel strongly that heritage breeds should return to their rightful place in the pasture and ultimately on your table. Why? Glad you asked. 


Diversity – this is key to a healthy and resilient food system.  

Healthy animals – they are hardier and require less pampering by the farmer. 

Happy animals – with a normal growth rate, they have full functionality and can enjoy life as a chicken.

Flavorful meat – they may take longer to raise but this leads to increased foraging which results in higher quality meat, deeper flavor, and firmer texture.  

Fun – they are a joy to raise and love it when people come to see them on the farm.

Our chickens are foragers. They enjoy a diverse diet from what the pasture offers them. In addition, we supplement with a locally sourced non soy, non GMO feed.


The small act of your buying a heritage breed chicken might be your own personal resistance against an industrialization of our food system. It could also just be considered good sense and a renewal of a practice lost not that long ago. We believe that once we experience the taste of real food and its affects on our health, we will be transformed and can then affect our small corner of the world in a meaningful way.

Van Alstyne, Texas

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