My wife and I have been trying "free range" Chickens and Turkeys from local farmers and markets for over two years. We thought because we loved the chicken we've eaten in the Islands and rural Central / South America, we could expect the same texture and intense chicken flavor here in Canada (so I think we know what "real" chicken tastes like).
I can honestly say we have been devastated by the poor taste and ridiculous prices ($5 - $7/lb). At best the birds have been similar to the supermarket birds (although, understandably, a little tougher) and at worst they have been completely inedible due to a rank fishy taste. Our only explanation is that it has something to do with the feed.
Last Thanksgiving we paid $85 for a medium sized turkey ! It was fresh, juicy, and tasty, but we won't do it again at those prices.
We'll continue to try (and possibly raise our own next year) so I'd love to hear from anyone with good experiences and recommendations.