I came across a new (to me) local organic (beef, poultry, fish) provider while shopping at Loblaw’s this weekend. Blue Goose Pure Foods. The first thing that caught my eye in the meat case was the creative graphics on their packaging and the interesting brand name. Their poultry pricing was certainly in line with the other organic brands available in the area so I thought I’d give it a whirl.
I roasted a Blue Goose organic chicken (1.5 kg) with shallots, lemon, thyme, olive oil, Himalayan pink salt and freshly cracked pepper in my amazing Le Creuset French Oven in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Le Creuset’s heavy enamelled cast iron design holds the heat in while cooking with the lid on. It also seals the juices in making for especially tasty and tender chicken.
Just as the chicken was finishing cooking the power went out and … well … we got a little distracted. Before I could snap a pic of my own – half of the chicken had been eaten – and it was delicious. The quality of meat was superb – good job Blue Goose. Only because I can’t abide have a cooking story without showing a picture of what I’ve cooked, I resorted to borrowing an image from the Le Creuset recipe page. Funny enough, my chicken looked pretty much like this one :)
About Blue Goose Pure Foods
Since they are pretty new, I couldn’t find much information about Blue Goose Pure Foods on their slickly designed beta website or Facebook page. They used to be Blue Goose Cattle Company and they recently acquired a fish farming company. It appears they specialize in beef, poultry and farm raised fish. They offer both naturally and organically raised animals (is it right to call a fish an animal?). As you know, I’m all about organic so the poultry I purchased was organic. I usually purchase only wild caught fish but I’ll be interested to learn more about how Blue Goose Pure Foods tend to their fish farms.
Sidebar: Fish Labelling in Canada
Frankly, I don’t think I’m the only person who could use more education on the whole organic vs. wild vs. sustainable vs. farm raised fish topic. SeaChoice.org is a good resource to aid consumers in makeing sustainable fish choices but I think the Canadian powers-that-be need to enforce stricter labelling so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions – at the point of purchase. Right now, it’s a bit fishy on fish labeling if you ask me.
Anyways… back to Blue Goose…
Here’s some more of their interesting graphics – keep an eye peeled for the brand in your grocery store the packaging has this distinctive blue graphics on it.
Anita Marie – @OrganicExpert
Blue Goose Pure Foods images – Copyright Blue Goose Pure Foods
Le Creuset Lemon Chicken image – Copyright Le Creuset