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Succulent Roast Goose

By Theo Weening, December 10, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Theo Weening
Have you decided what to serve for Christmas dinner yet? Why not give goose a try! Whether you serve it as the star of the meal or alongside traditional favorites like ham, turkey or beef, a succulent roast goose adds a delightful flair to your holiday table. Historically, goose has been a firm favorite in Europe. Not only did Charles Dickens famously write about a tender and flavorful goose as the centerpiece of the Cratchit’s Christmas table in A Christmas Carol, but in Victorian England, “Goose Clubs” were formed where people could save up all year just to have a Christmas goose! In recent years, thanks to growing interest in seasonal, alternative and local food, goose has been gaining more and more popularity in the US as well. At Whole Foods Market® we have partnered with Pitman Family Farms to bring you Mary’s Free Range Geese. It took us quite a while to find a producer that could raise birds to our standards and, as far as we know, these are the only geese raised in the US that are fed a purely vegetarian diet (corn, soybean meal and wheat) with no animal by-products and raised without antibiotics. The Pitmans started raising Embden geese about three years ago in sunny California. David Pitman (co-owner) chose the birds because they are known for being strong, hardy and slow growing. He raises the birds seasonally on open range farms, with plenty of room to roam and access to shelter if there’s bad weather. And when it comes to taste, the Embden breed provides a light, succulent flavor — not overpowering like some game meats. For a tasty addition to your menu for the holidays, try roast goose with all the fixings this year! Mary’s Free Range Geese are available fresh (west coast) & frozen (east coast) in all Whole Foods Market stores. Looking for a good recipe? Try this one for Orange and Thyme Roasted Goose. Will goose be the centerpiece at your Christmas table?
Category: Holidays 2011, Meat




Baldvin says ...
This story makes me homesick. Wild Goose is the old traditional Christmas food back home in Iceland as well as smoked lamb meat......Happy Holiday´s
12/13/2011 8:59:28 AM CST
bgamble says ...
We are looking forward to trying this! My mom's family came from Germany and she said they always had goose for Christmas. So this year we are going to give it a try. Thank you Whole Foods for making it possible to find an organic, free range goose!
11/25/2013 1:33:33 PM CST
Viola says ...
Can I get a fresh goose in Chicago?
12/17/2013 2:30:51 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@VIOLA - I would suggest reaching out to your local store directly to see what they have in stock. Our exact products differ between stores.
12/17/2013 4:31:21 PM CST
Harvey J Osborn says ...
We live in Portland, Oregon 97219. Is a fresh or frozen goose available locally?
12/21/2013 1:25:01 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@HARVEY - Since our products differ by vendors and availability. I would call the Portland store closest to you to find out exactly what they have on hand.
12/23/2013 5:35:23 PM CST
Bryan Bakis says ...
Will you have for the Thanksgiving Holiday in the Framingham MA store the (Pittman Family Farm) Mary’s Free Range Goose product?
11/14/2014 1:12:31 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BRYAN - You can find the exact listings of the holiday menu items at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering. If you do not see it on the menu I would still suggest calling the store directly to see if they offer this goose.
11/17/2014 1:38:20 PM CST
Bonnie Bradley says ...
price for smoked christmas goose
11/21/2014 3:28:10 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BONNIE - Our pricing differs between stores. Check with your local store directly to see if they have goose in stock and if so, they will be happy to let you know the price.
11/24/2014 12:17:16 PM CST
Cynthia Hansell says ...
I would love to have a 9+ pound never frozen goose for Christmas Eve. Have been in Cumming ga and have not been able to get a fresh one, only frozen ones which are better tan NOT. I just visited Avalon and saw the Whole Foods store. Do they have them. Ch
12/02/2014 3:33:42 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CYNTHIA - I just spoke with Charlie at the Avalon store and he mentioned he just emailed you back to confirm that they should have them in stock. I would suggest special ordering one so you can make sure they will have it ready for you!
12/03/2014 12:10:38 PM CST
Carolyn Nevin says ...
Our son is coming home for Christmas and has requested that I make a goose. Can I purchase one at your store in Mt. Brook?
12/07/2014 3:18:01 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CAROLYN - I would suggest reaching out to the store directly at 205.912.8400 to see if they will have this in stock and place a special order to guarantee you will have it for your son.
12/09/2014 3:47:16 PM CST
Sam says ...
We will have 11 people over for Christmas. How large a goose would it take to feed them and have some leftovers? Would 2 smaller birds be better tasting? Thanks
12/10/2014 2:19:19 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SAM - I would suggesting calling your local store to speak with the butcher. They will be able to let you know if they plan to have goose in stock and if so, the serving suggestions. They can also help special order a bird if needed!
12/12/2014 6:25:25 PM CST
MCards says ...
Can I get a goose at the Whole Foods store in Overland Park, Kansas?
12/16/2014 9:32:39 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MCARDS - Our exact options can differ between our two locations in Overland Park. I would suggest calling the exact store you plan to shop with to see if they will have this in stock or if they can special order it for you.
12/17/2014 2:40:36 PM CST
richard king says ...
Could really use two geese for Christmas! No one else seems to have any. Are there any left?
12/22/2014 8:25:19 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RICHARD - Since our availability can be limited, check with the exact store you plan to shop with directly. They can let you know what they have in stock.
12/23/2014 4:30:08 PM CST
Susan says ...
I am trying to order a goose from the upper west side Whole Foods, but they can't tell me whether or not they can order a goose -- I was switched back and forth between three departments and then back to meat. Which store in NYC will order a goose please? Thank you.
12/27/2014 4:43:02 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUSAN - My apologies for being bounced around in the store. Unfortunately I do not have access to look up products on a store-by-store basis. The best way to find out if the store will carry this would be to ask the store directly.
12/30/2014 3:56:36 PM CST
Jena says ...
Hi: we are looking for the frozen brown chinese geese. Quantity is 1000/month. Just want to know you have this product. Thank you Jena
04/02/2015 10:26:24 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JENA - Product selection and special ordering will differ between stores. Reach out to your local store directly to see if this is something they carry and if so, if they can set up a standing special order for you.
04/02/2015 11:54:33 AM CDT
Imebbe says ...
where can I buy goose? My zip code is 94116
09/12/2015 6:26:08 PM CDT