When Chris and Holly Browder first began raising chickens five years ago, it was chef Gerry Hayden of The North Fork Table & Inn who helped them break into the restaurant industry by using their farm’s eggs in his kitchen.
Now the Mattituck poultry farmers are raising a flock of chicken, dubbed the “Little Gerrys,” to raise money for ALS research in tribute to Hayden who was diagnosed with the debilitating disease in 2011.
The free-range chicken are raised on the Browder’s 16-acre Mattituck farm and are fed scraps from North Fork Table & Inn’s kitchen and other organic feed.
The chicken meat can be purchased at the Soundview Ave. farm or at their booth at the Westhampton Beach and Riverhead farmers markets.
A portion of the sale will go toward A Love Shared, an ALS research charity founded in Hayden’s name.