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Producer Spotlight: Cooks Venture

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Part of our mission at Imperfect is building a better food system for everyone. Beyond just fighting food waste, we’re constantly on the lookout for great producers who share this vision.

A New Breed of Chicken Grower

Cooks Venture is one of those producers we’re proud to partner with. Their chickens are a far cluck from your average grocery store bird. These heirloom chickens are pasture-raised on 800 acres of forested land on a regenerative farm in Northwest Arkansas. Their birds spend every day outside doing what chickens do best: roaming and foraging for food. Chickens that get to be chickens – instead of being cooped up – are juicier, more tender, and nutritious. Heirloom breeds taste entirely different from the broiler chickens on aisle 8. Because they aren’t given antibiotics and are allowed to grow at a normal rate, their muscle cells are denser in protein, resulting in more protein and omega-3s pound for pound. And because of their non-GMO, nutrient-rich diet, their meat is higher in antioxidants and vitamins.

What is Regenerative Farming?

From depleting our soil of nutrients to emitting copious amounts of greenhouse gases, the way much of our food is grown takes a significant toll on the earth. Regenerative agriculture considers the health of the whole environment. Chickens raised on a regenerative farm can actually help reverse climate change since regenerative farming reintroduces nutrients to depleted soil, which in turn captures carbon, increases biodiversity, and makes waterways cleaner. This system also better supports farmers. Cooks Venture chickens eat a more diverse diet, which means regional crop farmers can transition from monoculture farming to growing a diverse mix of feed crops.

By partnering with producers like Cooks Venture, together we can help build a better food system and bring you the best quality groceries. Watch for Cooks Venture Spatchcock Chicken, Boneless Skinless Breast Tenders, Chicken Party Wings, Chicken Drumsticks, and Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Thighs the next time you shop with us, and start gathering your recipes!

27 Comments

  • Orrie Kotecki
    October 29, 2020 at 2:14 am

    How do I find this product. Need good chicken

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    • Imperfect Foods
      November 3, 2020 at 10:16 pm

      Keep your eyes peeled during the shopping window! We’re working hard to make sure that everyone will be able to order them.

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      • Nancy Charest
        January 14, 2021 at 7:24 am

        We scored one for Xmas. It was delicious!

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        • Imperfect
          January 14, 2021 at 11:50 pm

          Yay! Glad you loved this!

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  • Abigail Kaestner
    October 29, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Awesome. I really appreciate a focus on this type of agriculture instead of factory farming. I’ll be looking for Cooks Venture for future boxes!

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  • Stevan Ahlbeck
    October 29, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Awesome!!!

    As a cook i know that chickens raised this way is a winner. Everyone benefits from this. The earth is rejuvenated, the product is more nutritious, the environment is cleaner. What is not to like.

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  • michelle
    October 30, 2020 at 5:27 am

    i got my party wings! Can’t wait to cook them!!

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    • Imperfect Foods
      November 3, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      Yum!

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  • Andy Perry
    November 1, 2020 at 12:58 am

    I’ve been getting served Facebook ads for Cooks Venture and was already planning to check them out. So cool/convenient that I can simply add them to our Imperfect box.

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  • Domonique D. Christian
    November 12, 2020 at 2:26 am

    I tried it today for the first time (in my box) and LOVED it! How long will it be an option?

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    • Imperfect
      November 12, 2020 at 10:50 pm

      We’ll be working with them long term for now!

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  • linda
    January 13, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Good — also looking for vegan “chicken”

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  • carole smith
    January 13, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Love all the positive reviews!
    Is this chicken new to IF….the grassfed kind I’ve rec’d from you in recent months is so far above in flavor from what I’ve purchased at the store? So is this adding to or replacing?
    Whichever, you can count on me to continue enjoying IF chicken.
    And people, try the lamb tamales….terrif!!!

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  • Molly Elizabeth McDonald
    January 13, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    This is the only chicken I buy now! My kids even noticed a difference in taste and they normally don’t care for chicken but devoured this!

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    • Imperfect
      January 14, 2021 at 11:45 pm

      So glad you’re loving this!

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  • Louise
    January 14, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Loved the spatchcock chicken – the flavor was fabulous and the chew as good as it gets – almost like the chickens we raised many years ago . I understand why people with not a lot of time would like their chicken spatchcocked, but I would prefer to roast a whole chicken which has not been cut up the back. Is it possible to get one of their chickens unspatchcocked?

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    • Ellen
      March 17, 2021 at 1:48 am

      Yes! Just try shopping as soon as your window opens up.

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  • Louise
    January 16, 2021 at 3:27 am

    Is chicken air chilled?

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    • Imperfect
      January 20, 2021 at 10:51 pm

      This is definitely a good question to reach out to them about specifically 💚

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  • Lindsey Evans
    February 27, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    I love these chickens, but I am wondering how long can I keep it refrigerated before I need to use it?

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    • Imperfect
      March 2, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      Usually you can keep raw chicken in the fridge up to two days, while cooked chicken usually lasts around 3-4 days in the fridge! Of course, always use your best discretion and never eat anything your unsure about 💚

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  • Ellen
    March 17, 2021 at 1:50 am

    I just love these – perfect size for 2 people to get 3 meals plus a soup out of! I do wish the whole chickens came with giblets (and feet).

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    • Imperfect
      March 26, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Love having y’all in our family! 💚

      Reply
  • linda paradiso
    April 5, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Are these chickens previously frozen? Sometimes they seem frozen when I receive them and sometimes not. I am afraid to freeze in case they have been frozen and defrosted. Kindly let me know.

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    • Imperfect Foods
      April 5, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      Yes, the chicken is frozen while at our warehouse and then under refrigeration by the ice pack in your box while making it’s way to you. According to the USDA, foods that have been thawed under refrigeration can be refrozen safely!

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  • Kim Maynard
    September 23, 2021 at 4:26 am

    Love the product though I wish the time frame for making choices was more noticeable to give me the time I need to make my picks…k

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    • Imperfect Foods
      September 29, 2021 at 2:17 am

      We totally hear you! We recommend setting yourself a recurring calendar reminder so you have time to go in and customize your order 🙌

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