Pennsylvania Does Agriculture Too

A few articles in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer are a reminder that Pennsylvania is more than just a former Rust Belt state.

Bell & Evans produce premium poultry products. Mostly chicken and turkey is what I see in local markets. They never freeze their meat and advertise it as “flash chilled.” They have some innovative packaging, like a spatchcocked chicken in hard plastic. Their meat does seem to be premium – chickens look meatier, have more color, and taste better. Of course, all this comes at a premium price.

Unfortunately Bell & Evans still want to maximize profits as much as possible. So the production line moves as fast as possible and workers are elbow-to-elbow. The coronavirus has been a problem with scores of people contracting COVID-19 and several dying from it.

Oh, and Bell & Evans don’t seem to clean very well. In addition to the coronavirus they’re also dealing with a salmonella problem. I mean really, stopping to clean costs money!

So, f*ck’em – I ain’t buying their sh!t anymore.

Pennsylvania Peaches Are a Thing

The other agriculture article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer is about peaches. About 20 years ago Pennsylvania was the number 3 peach producing state but then disease struck and the state is now number 5. The disease has been eliminated and over the last few years peaches have slowly come back but this spring a cold spell means that this year’s harvest will be greatly reduced.

Links

COVID in chicken town – Philadelphia Inquirer (paywall, even though they say their coronavirus coverage is “free”)

How to Spatchcock a Chicken Step-By-Step – The Spruce Eats, “Basically, spatchcocking is a method of preparing the chicken for cooking. The method involves removing the backbone from tail to neck so that the bird can be opened out flat (also referred to as butterflying). This method results in a shorter cooking time. It also allows for easier access to the cavity and exterior of the chicken for seasoning purposes.”

Spring freezes are chilling some berry and peach harvests in New Jersey and Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Inquirer (paywall)

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