Here at Monica's, they carry lots of interesting poultry and prepared foods. They also sell rabbit, which i'm still curious about. I tried the "Cordoniz" which i'm not sure if it's a cornish hen or a poussin. Actually, I'm not sure anymore if it was the Cordoniz that I got or the really tiny little guys at the bottom left of this picture here.
But their whole chicken is what I usually get... though i've been getting the "conventionally" raised birds rather than the organic or cage free birds that I prefer (on principle). It's strange - in LA, when I'd get my chicken from Lily's Eggs (at the Hollywood or Santa Monica Farmers markets), they'd be 3-4 pounds each - small birds. But here - the pasture raised hens are huge - like 6 pounds or so.But those pasture raised hens are like 18 Euros each - way too expensive. That's like $25! These birds pictured above are the conventional ones. And they are very fresh - they were just alive and running around the day before! They still have the heads attached and they have their innards. So when you get a chicken from these market vendors - the people behind the counter provide full-service.
They also usually have carcasses available if you're looking to make stock or broth... but if there aren't any available, they'll just grab a chicken, remove the parts, clean out the interior, and in about a minute, you have a carcass with a good amount of meat to add extra flavor to your stock/soup. I made lots of stock this year. I wish I had a bigger stock pan - my biggest pot is pretty small... I could hardly get enough stock for one soup recipe. The carcasses are pretty cheap - like a euro or 2... and they will toss in a handful of Italian parsley sprigs if you ask.