Our Day in the Country with Hip Chick Farms


Meet Franny and Lola, the best donkeys I’ve ever met. Not that I’ve met a lot, in fact, these are probably the first two I’ve ever met, minus the living nativity scene from my childhood. Lola was like a dog in that where ever I went, she went. I’d walk off, then a minute later, would feel something at my side and sure enough, it was Lola. We had a connection. Some people have soul mates, I have a soul donkey.

Lola and Franny are six months old and live at Hip Chick Farms in Sebastopol. I’ve written about Hip Chick Farms before, and if you live in California, you need to try their chicken. For those not nearby, but in the West, check your local Whole Foods. It’s really quality food that is perfect to keep in the freezer for nights where soccer runs long or for when watching football or when the kids demand chicken fingers.

Other than Lola, Franny, and the rest of the great company with whom we spent Saturday, those sandwiches in the photos made the day. Not an exaggeration, they were good. Good enough that Kevin asked me to ask Chef Jen how to make the slaw. It turns out I didn’t need to – they handed out the recipe.

Chef Jen’s Hip Chicken Finger Sandwich with Spicy Slaw


  • 1/4 cup each purple and green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Combine all ingredients and let sit for 20 minutes.


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • few drops of lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • one clove of garlic, chopped

Use a hand whisk, a blender or an electric mixer. Slowly drizzle the oil into the egg while mixing until it is the consistency of mayonnaise. Add salt, lemon juice, and garlic.


  • 2-3 Hip Chick Farms Chicken Fingers, ready to eat
  • 1 soft sandwich roll

Split the roll in half, slather both sides with aioli, add chicken fingers with slaw on top. Enjoy the best chicken sandwich in town! (The sandwich recipe belongs to Chef Jen and Hip Chick Farms)

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Thank you to Hip Chick Farms for inviting us out for a fabulous fall day in the country. We had a blast.


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