Pamora Farm: A place to find REAL free-range chickens
I have posted before that we now prefer to consume native/organic eggs because I know that it is a lot healthier compared to the commercial ones. But what I didn’t realized was if the eggs I bought from the market were REALLY organic. Well, they look organic to me, but it doesn’t mean they really are. How can we check? I really don’t know! That is why I appreciate companies who invites media to introduce themselves, their service and products and even dare you to visit their farm or manufacturing area to check it for yourself.
Last week, yours truly, together with other bloggers was invited to meet and greet the owner of Pamora Farm Inc. The owner Mr. Gerard Papillon, told us that not all manufacturers who claimed that their chickens are free-range are REALLY free-range, he say that it can be just cage-free.
WHAT FREE-RANGE METHOD MEANS
Free-range method of farming husbandry where the animals, like the chicken, are permitted to roam freely. The principle of free-range method is to allow the animals to live at their instinctual behavior in a reasonably natural way instead of being contained in a cage like commercial broiler production where the chickens are forced to grow ABNORMALLY fast in just about 4 to 5 weeks (28-35 days).
Free-range chickens roam in a barnyard or field (range) to forage with a minimum of 8 hrs daylight. Aside from the daily intake of milled yellow corn, they eat whatever organic food they could find on the ground like grass, insects and the like.
Pamora Free-range chickens are grown at a minimum of 70 days. Having the chickens ranging for longer period gives the optimum natural chicken taste, firmer meat quality and much healthier poultry meat with less fat.
THE PAMORA FARM
The name PAMORA came from the last name of the owner Gerard PApillon and Tina MORAdos. Pamora Farm started raising free-range chickens in March 2000. I am glad that they are promoting the farming method to the people of Abra where the farm is located which provides livelihood opportunities to the locals.
Aside from free-range chicken, Pamora Farm also grows organic fruits and vegetables for their guests who visits the farm and own consumption.
We had the chance to try their products when it was served to us by Brasserie Cicou Restaurant (more on this on my food blog). Pamora farm products are all inspected, passed, registered and certified by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD).
The Free-Range Spring Chicken
All dressed chicken and chicken meat by-products are processed in the Poultry Dressing Plant owned and operated solely by Pamora Farm, Inc. They also manufactures traditional “home-made” pate’s from the free-range chicken.
Pamora Farm also manufactures traditional French “home-made’ pates from the free range chicken. There are 6 varieties of Pamora pates currently available:
- Chicken Liver Pate
- Chicken Breast & Liver Pate
- Chicken Gizzard Pate
- Chicken Liver & Gizzard Pate
- Chicken Breast Pate
- Chicken Breast & Gizzard Pate
Pamora Farm also produces limited quantities of free-range chicken eggs.
Before we went home, they graciously gave us some samples of their products. I cooked the chicken the other day and brought some of it to our Balik Bukid trip to Sta. Rosa Laguna.
I made a Tinola meal, and put some Malungay leaves that came from our backyard. The Tinola that consist of organic ingredients are really different from commercial ones. I hope that more farmers will follow the steps of Pamora Farm so that REAL FREE-RANGE chickens will be available in the stores nationwide and to make the prices lower and affordable for everyone to consume.
Thank you for the wonderful lunch Pamora Farm.
Pamora Farm Products are available at Santis Delicastessen, Terry Selections, Rustan’s Supermarkets, Shopwise, Metro Market! Market!, RFI Farm Outlet (Holy Spirit QC), Joji Berry, NCCC-Davao, Champetre Restaurant (BGC), Brasserie Cicou Restaurant, Resorts World Manila, Ilustrado Restaurant, El Nido Resorts, Amanpulo, Saturday Market, Ayala Alabang Village and Golden Acres Farm, Inc.
For more information visit: www.pamorafarm.com