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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