Where to buy a goose?

roast goose flickr Tim Sackton ccJustin emails:

I'd really love to know where to get a decent whole goose for christmas dinner.

We're curious if you can just walk into a store and buy a goose -- or whether they require a pre-order.

Got a suggestion for Justin? Please share!

photo: Flickr user Tim Sackton (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Comments

I''m pretty sure Whole Foods and Healthy Living carry goose during the holidays. I'm sure you can order from them or Honest Weight, as well.

I've seen them in some supermarkets around here closer to the holidays. I think it's always shop-rite. I would check out Hurley Ridge Market in Woodstock NY, I bet they would have a fresh/non-frozen one.

I have seen frozen at PC and Hannaford on occasion...also I bet Adventures in Food could hook you up!

I've seen them in the freezer section of my local Price Chopper around the holidays. I'd call the meat department of your local store and ask. You may also consider a local farm store or the co-op.

I've seen them at Primal (formerly The Meat House) in Stuyvesant Plaza fairly often.

http://www.adventureinfood.com/

I called Whole Foods and they said they don't carry goose :(.

If memory serves, you can get them at Rolf's too. In fact, I think Glen offers a smoked one for special order. Either way, it's worth a call. And it's always worth stopping in for some of his wursts and maybe a frikadellen (or slice of leberkase) on a pretzel roll to munch on your way home.

I've procured a goose from Hannaford many times in the past, as @llcwine suggests!

Not sure if goose and duck are the same, but I would check the Asian market up on Central, behind Hannaford, across from Westgate. I buy my fish there and they carry duck (goose?). Not sure of the difference.

Any local golf course.

Beware buying whole fowl at the asian markets. Had someone do this for me to cook once and it was literally whole -- I had never butchered and eviscerated a duck before. Thankfully it didn't have feathers, at least. It's a valuable skill if you want to learn, just be prepared.

I have regularly seen frozen goose (and capon) at Hannaford, but it's worth calling, they'll hold it for you if they have it. For fresh, ask at the farmer's markets, most of the meatsellers will take a preorder and they seem to prefer that (guaranteed sale) in my experience.

A second to Adventures in Food Trading in Menands. Their wholesale price list says you can buy goose whole and breasts, duck (no, it's not the same as goose) in all kinds of forms including duck tongues as well as chukar, partridge, guinea hen, pheasant, quail, squab, poussin and, of course, ostrich.

Try Falvos in New Scotland/Voorhersville. I'm pretty sure I got one there before. Rolf's is also a good suggestion

Preliminary update on places I called based on your suggestions:

Whole Foods - says they do not carry them
Honest Weight - they have two right now "they're really expensive"
Falvos - "Yes we will have a limited supply for Xmas,please order early in order to get one"
Hannaford - "not yet, not sure when"
Primal - saw four of them, $100 bucks a pop.

thanks everyone!

Just had a smoked goose from Rolf's last weekend, was about $80, it was great !

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