Heritage turkeys are breeds that were originally raised on farms before large commercial meat processing plants began to dominate the turkey industry. These turkeys mate naturally and grow more slowly than factory-farmed birds.
Getting your hands on a heritage turkey takes a bit of homework. We made some calls today and heard that some of the special breeds are larger size birds already beginning to sell out.
How can you get a heritage turkey? Download our
Heritage Turkey File to find a turkey farmer near you.
Jersey Buff, Bourbon Red, Black Spanish, Narragansett and other heritage breeds have made a comeback due to the efforts of small family farms and Slow Food USA. The flavor is said to be superior, and the meat is leaner.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) is a clearing-house for information on livestock and genetic diversity. The ALBC sent us this list (Excel) of heritage turkey farmers. Download the list today and place your order. Your local turkey farmer will thank you for your support.
Let us know if you order one.
Whether you're a first time host or need side dish to take over the river and through the airport to grandmother's house, we're here to help this Thanksgiving.