Keep it Simple- BAM!

Recently comparing recipes for our Thanksgiving turkey I waxed rhapsodic with my chef friend, Virginia, about my preparations for cooking the 26 pound bird we had raised at Purely By Chance Farm.

I described how I first butterflied the turkey (cut the back out to lay flat) and brined it with a dark beer and apple cider. I then prattled on about the custom herb and spice mix I created and poured into melted butter for the rub which I brushed on both sides of this large creature.

Then I blathered about the bed of aromatics (onions, celery, carrots and parsnips, of course all grown here at Purely By Chance Farm), on which I placed the bird which served to keep it out of the drippings (after all I wanted to roast not braise the turkey).

Virginia smiled and nodded at each step in the process as I built to the epic finale in which this entire 26 pound creature reached our target temperature in just 90 minutes.

The house smelled fantastic and all 18 guests for dinner raved and stroked my ego with grand comments. Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday of the year as it involves a 4 day weekend, relaxed family and friends, typically a snowy football game, no pressure of gift giving, no retail economic reports, no special Thanksgiving music, just spending a few hours in the kitchen, elbow-to-elbow with those we love to create a feast.

Virginia had also reserved a large turkey from the farm so I asked her how she had prepared it. I was expecting her to describe intricate techniques learned from French Masters, but her response was classic. “We rubbed it in butter, salt and pepper. We wanted to taste the turkey”.


She graciously added that all of her chef friends at her party thought it the best turkey they had ever tasted.

With my ego stroked for the moment I remembered advising our Farmers Market customers to keep it simple. Enjoy the “chicken-ness” of the chicken, or the ‘turkey-ness” of the turkey. We have become accustomed to utilizing poultry as a mere platform for sauces because typical “industrial chicken” is bland and rubbery. I would do well to remember Virginia’s gentle reminder to keep it simple.

We raise our chicken, turkeys and pigs on pasture. They eat bugs and grass in addition to their organic grains, while soaking up sun and sucking in all the clean air they can breathe. The end result is a bird that tastes better than industrial chicken. We know it is better for us because we know how we raised and took care of them. We invite you to come by Purely By Chance Farm for a tour.   Call us at 307-699-3129 or email us at

CSA forms 2016 now available

Purely By Chance Farm CSA 2016

Purely By Chance Farm is pleased to offer the following packages for the 2016 growing season. Please circle the options that you would like to order.

Product                                                                     10 weeks                  16 weeks

Broiler Chicken-(typically 3.5 to 4.5 lbs)       $250.00                     $400.00

Butterflied (back removed to lay flat)            add $1.50/bird

Quartered                                                              add $2.00/bird

Which Came First?

Broiler Chicken & 1 Doz eggs/week                 $330.00                        $525.00

Bulk Orders– Many of our customers order quantities of 10, 20 and up to 50 chickens to put in their freezer to enjoy year round. Ask us about quantity discounts.

Deliveries to Jackson (Farmers Markets) will begin in June running through September. Choose preferred market, Wednesday- People’s Market or Saturday- Farmers Market. We typically process Chickens on Friday to bring fresh birds to the Saturday Farmers Market. If you prefer Wednesday delivery it may be frozen. Of course, it is always your option to pick up at the farm.

Pasture Raised Pork– 50% deposit required to reserve.

Whole- $700.00 Half–$350.00. Processing will be additional depending on your choice of processors. Ask us for referrals.

Turkey- Ready for Thanksgiving                    10-14 lbs         $85.00

$40 deposit required to reserve                      15-19 lbs         $90.00

20-24 lbs         $95.00

25 lbs +              $100.00


A chicken per week- that’s all we ask

Terms and Conditions

First and foremost we encourage you to come visit our farm in Alta Wyoming to see what we are doing, why we are doing it and how. Call or email us to make sure we are here.

For Broiler Chickens– Reserve your CSA commitment with payment for full amount.  We prefer checks or cash but may be able to process credit cards in the very near future.

Bulk Broiler Chickens– Reserve your order with 50% deposit with balance due at delivery

Turkeys– Reserve yours with $40.00 deposit balance due on delivery.

Pigs– Reserve with 50% deposit with balance due at delivery.

Is there any risk? Yes. As with any farming enterprise there are potential circumstances that may prevent PBC from delivering on time. While we have a good history of growing delicious, nutrient dense chicken, turkey and pigs over the past several years, we live in an area with a full complement of predators as well as mountain weather beyond our control.   Our practices take every precaution from solar powered electrified fencing, to our dogs, Obie and Bubs, but the reality is that we are just two responsible, passionate, high altitude farmers building a sustainable farm. We won’t make promises we can’t keep but we will do everything in our power to fulfill the obligation we have to you to deliver delicious, nutrient dense food that is raised in a sustainable way. Sorry, No Guarantees. You do risk with us. That’s the purpose behind the CSA concept.

How are the chickens raised? We receive day old chicks from Dunlap Hatchery in Caldwell Idaho and place them in a warm brooder until they grow their feathers.   That usually takes about two or three weeks. We then put them in portable shelters in groups of 35 to 50 birds out on pasture. These shelters are open on the bottom which allows them access to pasture grass and all the bugs they can catch. They are also fed free choice organic grains and always have fresh water. A portion of the shelter is covered with a tarp to protect them from rain and wind but a large part is open to abundant sunshine and clean air. We move these shelters every day onto fresh grass and that portion of the pasture is not grazed again until next year. This allows the soil to digest the significant nitrogen load that exists in chicken manure. Over the years this has built the soil and has helped heal the land.

Purely By Chance Biodiverse Farm

1955 Bustle Creek Road

Alta, WY 83414

Andy & Sue Heffron or

307-699-3129                               208-351-0421