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Try Pheasant This Fall

By Frances Flower, October 20, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Frances Flower
There’s a chill in the air, pumpkins are on display and Halloween is just around the corner, which means fall has arrived and it’s the perfect time to serve pheasant. While pheasant may not be on your regular shopping list, many people are surprised by its delightful flavor and enjoy this delicacy during the holiday season. Family-owned MacFarlane Pheasants has been a leader in pheasant production since 1929 when Kenneth MacFarlane formed MacFarlane Pheasant Farm on the outskirts of Janesville, Wisconsin. With the city growing to encompass the farm, they moved about 1 ½ miles south in 1953. Always a family business, Kenneth’s nephew, Bill MacFarlane, has been running the business since the mid-80s. MacFarlane has been a national supplier of pheasant for Whole Foods Market stores for over five years. MacFarlane raises domesticated pheasant in outdoor flight pens. The birds have room to roam and fly, giving a more intense poultry flavor without being too “gamey.” Birds are fed a vegetarian diet, without growth hormones or antibiotics. (Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising poultry.) A few pheasant facts:
  • Pheasants are native to Asia and were brought to the US in the late 1880s.
  • Pheasant meat is considered “earthy” in its flavor, so it pairs well with mushrooms and garlic. Also nice with sweet or fruity flavors as a glaze.
  • Braising is the traditional cooking method, but cooking on the grill or stove top works well too.
  • Brussels sprouts, squash and cabbage are great accompaniments.
Give pheasant a try this fall. Whether alongside or instead of your traditional turkey on the big day or for a special meal anytime this holiday season, pheasant makes a tasty alternative. Try this recipe for Roasted Pheasant with Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing or use pheasant in your favorite poultry dishes. MacFarlane provides these pheasant cooking tips and their own list of pheasant recipes. Have you ever tried pheasant? Got a favorite recipe? We’d love to hear about it.
Category: Meat




Brandon says ...
I've never eaten pheasant before, sounds interesting. I might have to try it some time in the near future. @BMBills6 from www.theyummybits.wordpress.com
10/20/2011 1:18:59 PM CDT
CarrieAnn says ...
Are these Pheasants sold fresh or frozen?
10/20/2011 1:29:06 PM CDT
Coral Bielecki says ...
Using pheasant to create ragu (meaty spaghetti sauce) is delicious, particularly with fennel seeds and/or sage. I ate it frequently in Italy, served over fresh pasta or polenta.
10/24/2011 10:52:52 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@CarrieAnn Luckily you should have your choice of both fresh and frozen Pheasant. However, our product offering differs from store to store due to sourcing, product travel, etc. SO, the best way to learn if your community Whole Foods Market carries fresh and frozen Pheasant is to reach out to them directly. I've included a link below that will help you identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member there will be happy to discuss the Pheasant options with you. Happy hunting. :) http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/
10/28/2011 1:25:48 PM CDT
celestia says ...
do you regularly stock pheasant at the Fresno Location?
09/18/2014 7:30:26 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CELESTIA - The availability can differ between stores. I would suggest calling the Fresno store directly at 559.241.0300 the day you plan to swing by to see if they have it in stock.
09/19/2014 3:21:43 PM CDT
John says ...
I will be looking to buy 2 pheasants for Christmas dinner. Luckily I live only a mile from a Whole Foods. Are they in stock now or do I need to order ahead.
12/07/2014 8:04:46 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOHN - I would suggest calling the local store directly to see if they will carry this and if so, they can special order for you to guarantee they have it ready for you!
12/09/2014 4:47:35 PM CST
Victor Gonzales says ...
Would it be possible to order pheasant breats aheard of time. If so, how soon will it arrive? I live is San Francisco and would like to bring it to Texas and prepare for New Year's Eve.
12/10/2014 3:07:58 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@VICTOR - We have quite a few stores in Texas so you might be able to special order the items in TX and pick them up when you arrive. The special ordering window will differ between stores so just call the store you plan to shop with and the meat department would be happy to help!
12/12/2014 6:28:02 PM CST
Ronald J Gilbert says ...
hello, can i order Pheasant this year 2015 to the Cobb Marietta store ?
11/14/2015 2:08:14 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RONALD - My apologies for the delay. It's best to check with the store directly to order, they'll be happy to help!
11/25/2015 5:23:54 PM CST