Browder’s ‘Little Gerrys’ raising money for ALS

Holly Browder holds a 'Little Jerry' at the Riverhead Farmers Market. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Holly Browder holds a ‘Little Gerry’ at the Riverhead Farmers Market on Saturday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

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.

The chickens are also available on the menus at North Fork Table & Inn, Estia’s Little Kitchen in Bridgehampton, Fresh Hamptons in Bridgehampton and soon at First & South in Greenport.

A portion of the sale will go toward A Love Shared, an ALS research charity founded in Hayden’s name.