Local Hassles – Chicken Wings/Parts

February 9, 2009 at 10:58 am

Rob Gardner

The other day in confessing my cheats, I promised to hold the line at chicken stock.  I have managed this year, to overcome a major obstacle for stock, the limited season for celery, with the realization that celery root makes a decent enough substitution.  What I have not managed to do is find a solution to the chicken parts problem.

Just now, I found myself glancing through Jean-George Vongerichten and Mark Bittman’s Simple to Spectacular.  About the first recipe is for an easy one hour chicken stock.  With chicken wings.  But the authors also say, it does not have to be wings, but it cannot just be bones.  Where is the locavore to find chicken wings?

See, while there are many a local chicken to be had, are there every any local chickens to be had in their part constituencies?  It’s bad enough that there are times when this local family wants a chicken breast dish (don’t smirk, they’re good chicken breast dishes) or maybe legs for a braise, or even wings just to make stock.  Just not happening as far as I can tell.  It’s one of the hassles of being a locavore.

What are some of the other hassles of local eating in Chicagoland.