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Pamora Farm, home of real free-range chicken

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Back when I was a child, relatives coming over from Bicol for a visit would bring us live native chickens and brown rice. Then my mom would slaughter the chicken and cook tinola, using the rice washing as soup base and adding green papaya and chili leaves. Sometimes, even the chicken blood boiled until it curdles. This kind of tinola is my comfort food. And it's never the same unless it's cooked with native chicken grown the natural way.

Nowadays, we don't have to wait for a relative coming from the province just so we can enjoy the taste of native chicken. There are now brands in the market selling free-range chicken. Recently, I learned that not all of them are free-range chicken but are actually just cage-free. This bit of trivia came from no other than the other half of the husband and wife team behind Pamora Farm, the home of real free-range chicken, Gerard Papillon.

2013-04-27 Pamora Free-range Chicken event

Located in Barangay Garreta, Pidigan, Abra, Pamora Farm started raising free-range chicken in March 2000. PAMORA is actually the combined last name of Frenchman, Gerard Papillon, and his Filipina wife's maiden name, Tina Morados. The farm has since been breeding chicken whose colored breed come from France. Only quality F1's (first generation offsprings) are being raised in Pamora farm.

Being raised under the free-range method, Pamora Farm chickens can roam freely and live the natural way instead of being contained in a cage like commercial broiler production. They are grown at a minimum of 70 days unlike the commercial broilers tjat are forced to grow abnormally fast in about 28-35 days only. Pamora Farm chickens are fed milled yellow corn plus whatever organic food (insects, grass, seeds, etc.) that they get as they forage for 8 hours during daytime.

Capon Chicken is big at a minimum of 3kg. Perfect for serving on Easter,
Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinners. 
Using the free-range method guarantees that Pamora Farm chickens have that same  natural chicken taste that we love in native chicken. Their chickens also have firmer, healthier poultry meat with less fat content. It is also chemical free as they only use herbal medicines like oregano, chili, garlic, ginger, kakawate leaves, and the like on their chickens. The farm is also under the guidance of agriculture and free-range poultry experts from the Abra State Institute of Science and Technology and the University of the Philippines in Los Baños.

2013-04-27 Pamora Free-range Chicken event

Aside from whole chickens, choice cut-ups, and chicken burgers, Pamora Farm also produces limited quantities of free-range chicken eggs. Again, Gerard reminded me that their eggs are the real thing. I've been buying brown eggs for the past few months to supplement our attempts to healthy living. Apparently, based on the price of the branded "natural" eggs I was buying, it could be just commercial eggs produced by chickens fed with carotene to make their eggs appear brown.  Pamora Farm eggs' shells are thicker and the yolks are harder to break than the commercial ones. I tried to compare the two brands at home and I was surprised that my old brand does look like colored commercial chicken eggs.

2013-04-27 Pamora Free-range Chicken event
Roasted Pamora Farm Coquelet (Spring Chicken), Rosemary, Garlic, and Mashed Potato
During our intimate lunch with the owners of Pamora farm at Brasserie Ciçou in Greenhills, I also got to taste the traditional French home-made pâté made with liver, breast, and gizzards from Pamora Farm free-range chickens. Pamora Farmhas 6 varieties of these pâtés which are creations of Gerard using the old-fashioned recipes from his grandmother. I got to take two jars home and it's so yummy to eat with crackers!

2013-04-27 Pamora Free-range Chicken event

Pamora Farm products are available at Santis delicatessen, Terry Selections, Rustan's Supermarket, Shopwise, Metro Market! Market!, RFI Farm Outlet, Joji Berry, NCC Davao, Champetre restaurant, Brasserie Ciçou, REsorts World Manila, Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, El NIdo Resorts, Amanpulo, Ayala Alabang Village's Aturday market, and Golden Acres Farm, Inc. (distributor). For more information of Pamora Farm, you can visit www.pamorafarm.com or call (02)759-26-78 / (02)(506-1082 / 0917-5375639 / 0917-5917391.

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