According to Marian Burros in today's New York Times Dining section, only a few short years after heritage turkeys were feared on the brink of extinction, there is now a glut.
There are certain farmers and gourmands out there who believe the Broadbreasted White turkey has taken over the market, pushing out the rare breeds that our grandparents probably enjoyed back in the day. And they've been doing their very best to change that.
However, due to some what of a little barn-yard snafu between the farmers at Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch in Lindsborg, Kansas and Heritage Foods USA, the company that sells rare breeds of turkeys and other rare and/or heritage meats and crops, there are at least 2,000 birds with no place to go this Thanksgiving. Oops.
Krehbiels Specialty Meats, a processor near Lindsborg, will be selling any surplus American Bronze turkeys. They're sold fresh, for $4.49/lb (most are 10-19 lbs.) Shipping next-day air will run a whopping $120, and second-day air is $60. Call them (877-240-0102) by November 18th, and you can have your own in time for the holiday.
Heritage Foods will continue to sell the birds as well. They run between 8 lbs. and 19 lbs, with a sticker price of between $109 and $199 (that includes overnight shipping.)
[Suppliers Anxious Over Surplus of Heritage Turkeys via the New York Times]