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Don’t forget to reserve your turkey!

28 Sep

Our reservations book for Thanksgiving turkeys is filling up quickly. Don’t miss your chance for your heritage turkey on the table!

 
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Reservations open for Thanksgiving Heritage Turkeys

26 Jun

This year, we are offering only sustainable heritage turkey varieties.  This is a big step for us, as heritage turkeys take nearly twice as long to reach maturity, eat twice as much in reaching maturity, and yield half the amount of meat compared to the commercial poultry industry turkeys raised in the same manner.  Over the years the demand for our heritage turkeys have increased and for the broad breasted turkeys has decreased, and this year it made sense to step away from the broad breasted turkeys.  By doing so, we are able to raise more turkeys to grace more tables this Thanksgiving season.

We are raising predominantly Bourbon Red turkeys this year, along with several Standard Bronze, Narragansett, and Golden Narragansett turkeys.  All are renowned for their meat quality and taste, their sustainable qualities, and their excellent temperaments and beauty.  These turkeys offer a nice balance of light and dark meat, and the meat is tender, juicy, and full of real turkey flavor.

Heritage Turkey Hen

Hens are fine-boned and dainty, and grow more slowly to a smaller size with flavorful, juicy meat.  Hens generally dress out from 8 to 14 pounds, and smaller hens are often cooked two to a roaster for larger meals as they carve out to personal-sized pieces.  Hens are also great to fry, or to put into the freezer for future enjoyment.

Heritage Turkey Tom

Toms stand tall and strong, and grow a little more quickly and considerably larger than the hens.  Toms generally dress out from 12 to 18 pounds and are very flavorful and juicy.

To reserve your turkey today, please place a $25.00 deposit per turkey using the button below.  We fill our orders in order of reservation, so please reserve early to ensure you get the bird(s) you want.  Price is $6.50/lb dressed and bagged and your deposit will be credited at the time of pick up.

Orders are pick up only at the farm the weekend before Thanksgiving, and deposits are non-refundable unless we cannot provide a turkey for you.  We have more than 50 turkeys growing out this year so we should have no trouble filling requests.  The birds will be processed on November 20 and will be available for pickup on November 21.

Sizes are as follows:

  • WAITLIST:  EMAIL FARMER@WALNUTHILLFARMMI.COM FOR AVAILABILITY
  • ALMOST GONE Small:  Under 12 pounds
  • SOLD OUT Medium:  12-16 pounds
  • SOLD OUT Large:  16 pounds and up

 

 

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2015 Turkeys

14 Apr

This year we have taken another step to ensure we are embracing sustainable farming practices.  We are not planning to raise our jumbo broad breasted bronze turkeys this year.  Instead, we will be raising more heritage turkeys, Bourbon Red*, Narragansett*, American Bronze* and for the first time Midget White*.

Midget White turkeys were originally developed in the 1960s as a sustainable small family turkey.  They are meatier than a small heritage turkey, with more white meat than their traditional heritage cousins, yet have the slow growth, vigor, and taste of the heritage birds.  With white feathers, they also dress out very cleanly.

The broad breasts and compact bodies make a nice small family dinner, or an “everyday” turkey for any time of the year for a family of 4-8.  We are only raising a small number for evaluation, but if they perform well and are popular we’ll continue to raise them along with other heritage turkey varieties.

* denotes Slow Food USA Ark of Taste recognition for outstanding taste, sustainable production, threatened or endangered status, and produced in limited quantities.  http://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark-of-taste

 
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Spring on the farm!

07 Apr

Spring is a busy time at the farm.  While the trees outside still look like winter, indoors things are definitely moving along!  Tomatoes, celery and peppers are all growing in flats, and the incubator is in full gear with chicks and turkey poults appearing throughout April.

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Thanksgiving is almost here!

10 Nov

And all of our beautiful turkeys have dinner reservations.  Thanks to all for supporting your local farm!

The pickup date will be Saturday, November 22.  We will contact you on November 20 or 21 with pickup details and the balance due on your turkey.

We have selected our breeding stock for next season from the best of the batch, and we are keeping two Narragansett hens and one tom for 2015 eggs.  This will allow us to grow more heritage turkeys in 2015.  Since we are committed to providing the best food possible to your table, and helping to promote and restore the Narragansett turkey to a plentiful and high quality status, we will raise only Narragansetts.  We do sell surplus eggs and poults, so if you wish to raise your own turkey next year, check back in the spring for availability.

 

 
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A few turkeys remaining…

23 Oct

Final countdown to turkey day! We still have a few turkeys available for reservation. We have three Broad Breasted Bronze that will fall into the medium and large ranges available, and one that will probably end up in the small to medium range. Book now to ensure that your table is well dressed for the holiday!  Click the link below to jump to the details.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Reservations 2014

19 Jun

Summer is almost here, and it’s time to think ahead to fall! Pickup dates will be November 22 and 23rd, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

We are opening our turkey reservations early this year as we are raising a bumper crop of turkeys. Our purebred Narragansett and mixed heritage turkeys are growing for your dining pleasure. Heritage turkeys are the traditional American turkey. They can run, fly, dig and scratch, enjoy courtship and turkey talk, and come in a rainbow of colors. They have about equal amounts of white and dark meat and are lean and flavorful as they grow much more slowly than the highly selected modern meat strains. We time our hatch so that they are just reaching the peak of maturity when we harvest, with fully matured feathers for clean plucking and a light layer of fat under the skin for peak moistness and flavor. Although we do our best to match the size of bird with your wishes, sometimes the supply and demand don’t align. So please, if you are flexible in your sizing or selection of heritage or broad breasted, let us know. If you’ve already invited 20 people for dinner and only the largest bird we have will do, please let us know that too.

Our very own strain of Walnut Hill Farm Narragansett turkeys come from some of the best bloodlines in the country (Porter’s). We’ve selected the best tom and hen available as our foundation stock, and they’ve been producing beautiful offspring. Naturally, with only one hen we don’t get all that many eggs, but we have some nice babies here. We also locally sourced some turkey eggs that have been bred for size, they hatched out into nice mixed colors and are promising to be good sized birds. Right now we are offering 15 heritage birds for reservation. Because we hatched our own this year, despite the increase in costs (feed and processing) we are able to hold the price at $6.00 per pound.

Please click below to leave a deposit to reserve your very own heritage turkey today.

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And, of course, our Broad Breasted Bronzes. With the beautiful bronze and black colors of their wild ancestors, they are a noble looking bird. Selection of breeding stock for meat quantity and quality alone over the past 80 years has led to birds that are perfectly suited to eat and be eaten. They aren’t agile, but they love to sun themselves and find good things to eat. They have a large ratio of light meat to dark meat, and because they are not raised crammed into massive warehouses they do have some muscle tone as they are free to walk and flap around as they please. We are raising 12 of these birds for Thanksgiving. These birds are priced at $3.75 per pound dressed weight.

Please click below to leave a deposit to reserve your very own broad breasted bronze turkey today.

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Once you’ve made your selections, please review your cart and complete your transaction via PayPal to reserve your bird(s). Thank you!

 
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Turkeys 2014

13 Jun

Walnut Hill Farm is raising more turkeys in 2014 than we ever have before. Our Narragansett breeding pair has been producing plenty of fertile eggs, and an acquisition of a few other heritage hatching eggs to broaden the gene pool has resulted in a nice assortment of beautiful healthy turkeys. We are also raising a dozen Broad Breasted Bronze hens and three toms to fill the niche for larger birds. As always, they will be bagged and processed and ready for you just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner. Please watch for our reservation form, which will be posted in just a couple of weeks.

We will be opening our reservations early this year, and can guarantee that there will be a bird for every order for which we take a reservation.

We also have Narragansett turkey hatching eggs and Narragansett poults available if you want to raise your own turkey.

We have just finished raising our first batch of broilers for the season. These Cornish x Rock crosses, from Townline Hatchery in Zeeland, are exceptionally vigorous and healthy. Although this first batch is already filling requests from our own family, we are ordering the next batch for mid-September processing. These birds will dress out at 5-8 lbs and are well fleshed and well balanced conformation.

In order to ensure we can raise them with plenty of space and care, we are limiting our production to 25 birds per batch. This is a very small number so please, if you are interested in reserving one or more hand raised broilers, please drop us a line at farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com. Price is $4.00 per pound dressed weight, and please remember you are not getting the 13% “broth” filler that commercial poultry contains so you get much more meat for your money.

 

New babies!

07 Apr

Here are two of our Narragansett turkey babies. The one on the left is three weeks old, the one on the right is one day old.

 
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Turkeycam

13 Mar

We have two turkey eggs in the hatcher now. I expect the hatch to start Friday or Saturday. You can watch online at http://24.192.141.108:8080/ if the technology cooperates!

Sunday night update: we have one turkey egg in the hatcher. He/she is not in a hurry to come out, perhaps waiting for spring to arrive! However, I expect that Monday this egg will be “rocking and rolling” in the hatcher. Once the shell is pipped (small hole on the big end), the hatch will be officially under way!

 
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