Buying organic meat can put a financial strain on your grocery budget. You don’t want to sacrifice quality, but as you watch your bill add up you wonder if you can really afford to pay what it’s worth. In this post we will cover the costs of organic chickens and what you’re getting for your money. In my opinion, I truly believe that you get what you pay for. (*This list will continue to be updated as I find more suppliers and prices).
What do you get when you buy an organic chicken?
Chicken that is sold as “organic” is raised to a specific standard as laid out by the Canadian General Standards Board, in addition to the standards set by a reputable organic certification board. Since these boards vary from province to province, there are slight differences in the rules for organic farming in different areas of the country, but in general, organic chicken must be raised with at certified organic feed that contains no animal by-products or antibiotics and any supplements, such as vitamins, must be approved by a certification body. (Source)
The following is an alphabetical list of stores that sell organic chickens in Edmonton, St. Albert & Sherwood Park.
Amaranth – St. Albert does not sell organic chickens.
Blush Lane Organic – Edmonton
They carry Alberta grown organic chickens. Currently they do not have any customer appreciation days.
Whole – $11.85/kg
Breasts – $33.50/kg
Costco – cheapest UNLESS Superstore’s chickens have their 30% off clearance stickers.
Whole – $9.39/kg
(Two whole chickens for roughly $30)
Farmer’s Market (Sunworks Farms)
Sunworks Farms appears to be the main provider of organic meats at the Edmonton Farmer’s Market. Their product and price list is large and varies so I suggest heading straight to their website to check them out. Looks like though if you make a pre-order of $50 or more you get a 20% discount.
Planet Organic – Edmonton
They carry Alberta grown organic chickens and sometimes have 20% off sales on their meats. When their random customer appreciation days pop up, it might be worth picking up some chicken.
Whole chicken – $13.59/kg
Breasts – $40/kg
Safeway – Alberta
They do sell organic chickens but do not always have stock due to supply and demand. They would not provide prices over the phone.
Sandyview Farms – St. Albert
Best time to get organic chicken is Wednesday mornings as they get their shipments on Tuesdays. The chickens are quite small though and are approximately $25/each. While Hutterite chickens are not organic, they do sell them as well and they are roughly the same price but twice the size.
They sell breasts, thighs, drumsticks, etc, but had none in stock so the cashier couldn’t give me prices.
Whole – $13.15/kg
They do sell organic chickens but do not always have them due to supply and demand.
Drums – $8.80/kg
Thighs – $15.19/kg
Breasts – $28/kg
Whole – $11-$12/kg
Sobeys does not sell organic chickens (they sell humane raised).
Superstore – Stock up when on clearance (usually 30% off). Don’t forget to use you PC Points card to get rewarded for buying organic!
Urban Organic – Sherwood Park
They carry Alberta grown organic chickens and on 15% off first Tuesday you can get whole chickens for a little over $11/kg.
Whole – $13.95/kg
Breast – $37.95/kg
Walmart does not sell organic chickens.