Eben Proft, owner and gamekeeper of Woodbury Game Birds, treats his birds far differently than the regional status quo. Pheasants are not native to the United States, and they rarely fare well outside of the windswept expanses of the midwest. These circumstances relegate them to a very perfunctory existence, primarily raised for sport, sold to hunting clubs, and shot by their members. Eben, however, raises his pheasants with their eventual culinary presentation in mind, in the spirit of the world’s finest game bird producers. After years of refining his craft through travel and apprenticeship in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, Eben received the prestigious Diploma in Gamekeeping from Sparsholt College of Hampshire, in the United Kingdom.
Now settled in southern Vermont, Woodbury Game Birds is the culmination of Eben’s time-honored dedication. Raised on ample pasture and without antibiotics, these Ring Necked Pheasants are humanely slaughtered, and hung to age for two weeks to intensify their flavor before shipment. Nowhere else in the US hangs and dry ages their birds in this way, and the impact is sublime. While pheasants are known to have a mildly gamey flavor, Eben’s present a rich, earthy, dignified expression of that profile. Famous for working with phenomenal establishments such as Dan Barber’s Stone Barn, we are thrilled to now offer Woodbury Game Birds to you.
Offered as whole birds, averaging 3 - 3.5 lb
Vermont, United States