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Reserve your 2016 Thanksgiving Turkey today!

13 Aug

This year, we are offering sustainable heritage turkey varieties from our own breeding flock.  These mixed color heritage turkeys are larger and meatier than many heritage lines raised only for a specific color.  We have also been able to raise more turkeys to grace more tables this Thanksgiving season.  We are also able to LOWER the price to $6.00 a pound thanks to keeping the poult cost down.

We are raising predominantly heritage Bronze turkeys this year, along with several Narragansett and Oregon Gray 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.

This year, for the first time, we are offering “Early Birds”.  These are our large heritage toms that are big enough to harvest today because they hatched earlier in the season.  Removing a few of these big boys gives the younger and smaller birds more space to grow.  You can purchase these birds live, or if I have enough orders I’ll make a trip to the processor.  Email farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com to get your early bird today!  **SOLD OUT of Early Birds**

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  as they carve out to personal-sized pieces like a large chicken.  Small hens are also great to deep fry, or if you want to fry one and roast another.

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, but this year we will also have large young toms up to 30 pounds thanks to our home grown breeding flock built from our biggest and best heritage turkeys over several years of selection.

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 $6.00/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 18 and will be available for pickup on November 19-20.

Sizes are as follows, click to add to cart:

  • Extra Small:  under 10 pounds
    • Excellent fried or on the grill, put two in a roaster for personal pieces, or freeze for “any day turkey”.

 

  • Small:  10 – 13 pounds 
    • Roast two in a roaster, or brine and smoke for succulent goodness.

 

  • Medium:  13-16 pounds 
    • The perfect size for a small family gathering.

 

  • Large:  16 – 20 pounds 

 

  • Extra Large:  20 pounds and up  

 

 

 
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Thanksgiving turkeys 2016

24 Jul

We’ll be starting to take reservations for Thanksgiving turkeys in the next few weeks, but we wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what’s going on at the farm.

Sometime in August, we should start getting eggs from our young pullets.  Hatched on our farm from eggs purchased from heritage breeders across the country, we’ve added breeds including Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Araucana, Ameraucana, Lavender Orpington, Red Dorking, Cream Legbar, Dark Cornish, Blue Copper Marans, Black Copper Marans and Naked Neck.  These breeds offer a rainbow of egg colors from white to cream to pink to tan to medium brown to cocoa brown as well as shades of pale blue, aqua, green and olive.  And whenever you hatch eggs, you hatch cockerels as well as hens.  I have young cockerels ready to join your flock, grace your yard with a joyful crow every morning, or join you at the dinner table.

For the first time ever, all turkeys that will be sold for Thanksgiving will be from eggs laid by birds raised here on the farm.  In the past we’ve ordered poults from hatcheries and from breeders (too inconsistent, quality issues, not always shipped on schedule) as well as from eggs shipped in from heritage turkey breeders (USPS is the only shipper of hatching eggs, and they sometimes have a very rough trip).  Hatching our own eggs from our own hens has resulted in a really nice batch of young hens and toms, and we have a few that are big enough to harvest now if you want a summertime turkey dinner or just to freeze until you are ready.

All of these turkeys are heritage turkeys.  These are Narragansett, Oregon Gray, Bronze, Golden Narragansett and Red Bronze that we’ve been carefully selecting and breeding to produce big, healthy, active turkeys.  They are meaty birds with the rich and wonderful flavor of the heritage turkey.  The largest young toms should tip the scales at around 30-35 pounds if grown out until Thanksgiving.  Since we had continuous small hatches from February through June, we will have turkeys to fit every size from 7 to 30 pounds.

 
 

Chicks for sale

02 Apr

Beautiful Easter Egger chicks.  Raise hardy, productive egg layers and nice roosters in your own back yard (ordinances permitting).  Email farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com to make an appointment to pick up yours today!
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Spring is here!

16 Mar

Spring is here. We’ve started hatching our 2016 turkeys, and will have chicks hatching starting next week. We will be replacing our current layer flock with breeds such as Black Copper Marans, Lavender Orpington, Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Sulmtaler, Crested Legbar, Cuckoo Marans, Araucana, Ameraucana, Olive Egger and Easter Egger for a more colorful egg selection. Stay tuned for chick pics!  We have fresh eggs daily.20160220_210507[2]
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Thank you!

26 Nov

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Thanks to all for a very wonderful Thanksgiving harvest. We served two of our heritage turkeys this year, one hot smoked over applewood and cherry, the other traditionally oven roasted. Both were tender, juicy and delicious. We hope you enjoyed your turkey dinner!

 
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Extra turkeys!

21 Nov

We always hold back a couple of turkeys in case anyone needs a little more turkey on the table, or if any aren’t up to standards.  This year, we didn’t need any substitutes, so we have a few small turkeys available for immediate sale.  These are great for intimate dinners, to try a heritage turkey along side a common one, or for frying or smoking.

#35 is a very petite hen, at 4.9 lbs.  Perfect for dinner for one or two!

#34 is a petite hen, at 6.7 lbs.  Dinner for 3 or 4.

#33 is a hen, at 7.8 lbs.  Dinner for 4.

These are available today!  They are now frozen but will thaw in time for Thanksgiving as they are small.  Email farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com to hold yours for pickup today.

 

 

 
 

Weather Advisory

20 Nov

Due to the severe weather forecast for Saturday, November 21, I am working hard to get your birds ready for pickup THIS AFTERNOON.  Check your PayPal email or PayPal associated phone number throughout the afternoon for the weight of your bird(s), and balance due (cash only, please).

 
 

2015 Turkey pickup

19 Nov

Thank you for your interest in our heritage turkeys!

We have 35 turkeys headed to dinners around town.  We’ll have the weights in tomorrow but the large are ranging 15-18 pounds, medium 12-15 pounds, small under 12 pounds.  We do have a few small turkeys available.  They are great for grilling, smoking and frying as well as roasting.

As of now, all large and medium turkeys are reserved.  If you are interested in adding a small turkey to your order, please email farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com.

Turkey pickup will be Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
 

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

 

 

2015 Heritage Turkey Deposit
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