Certified Organic Heritage Turkeys
RESERVE YOUR HOLIDAY TURKEY(S) FOR 2017
Our Certified Organic, GMO-Free, Heritage Turkeys are born (hatched) and raised on our farm. We have been raising organic heritage turkeys for over 11 years, making this year's birds the 11th generation of a GMO-Free existence. Our turkeys are raised on pasture, browse and organic grain.
*Birds will be available for pick-up FRESH on Sunday afternoon, November 12th and 19th (2017),
or Freshly Frozen anytime after November 13th.
COST FOR 2017 TURKEY $9.35/lb ($9.10/lb if reserved by September 1, 2017)
Please call or email to place your order. 802-234-5524 or Earthwise@myfairpoint.net
Why we LOVE our Heritage Turkeys
- Heritage Turkeys mate naturally, are able to fly, and enjoy extended life spans. For this reason, we have been able to raise our own turkeys for the past 11 years. We hatch 40-50 new turkey chicks each year and overwinter a couple Toms and a handful of Hens each year to be the breeding stock for the following year's batch of Thanksgiving birds.
- Pasture-Raised and GMO-Free: Raising our birds on pasture, browse and organic grain makes a delicious, local meat that is FREE of genetically modified grains.
- Taste: Their robust flavor is sure to get rave reviews; meat from these birds is healthier, darker, more flavorful, and has a better texture.
What is a Heritage Breed?
Heritage Turkeys, closer in likeness to the wild turkey, are the ancestors of the common Broad-breasted White industrial breed of turkey - which is what most people commonly find at the grocery store.
Heritage Turkeys are more sustainable and fit into the farm production goals and mission of Earthwise Farm and Forest; they can live for many years, are able to breed naturally, are winter hardy, great foragers, and taste delicious.
Raising heritage breeds is more costly and time consuming than raising the fast growing 'franken-turkey'. While supermarket turkeys grow to an average of 32 pounds in a short 18-week period, heritage birds take anywhere from 24-30 weeks to reach their market weight and and weigh 8 -18 lbs.
Those who have tasted Heritage Turkeys say the cost - and the wait - are well worth it.
For more information about heritage breeds, visit The Livestock Conservancy.
About the Breeds found at Earthwise Farm and Forest
(our birds are crosses of Black Spanish, Chocolate, and Narragansett)
Black Spanish turkeys originated in Europe as a direct descendant of the Mexican turkeys carried home with explorers in the 1500s. Black colored turkeys became popular in Spain where they were known as “Black Spanish”, and in England, especially in the Norfolk region where they were known as “Norfolk Blacks.” After being selected for meat production for more than two centuries, the Black Spanish turkey made the voyage back to the Americas with early European colonists. Once here, the variety was crossed with Eastern wild turkeys, which formed the basis for the Black turkey variety in America. Narragansett turkeys have traditionally been known for their calm disposition, good maternal abilities, early maturation, egg production, and excellent meat quality. The Narragansett turkey is named for Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, where the variety was developed. It descends from a cross between native Eastern Wild turkeys and the domestic turkeys (probably Norfolk Blacks) brought to America by English and European colonists beginning in the 1600’s. The Chocolate turkey earned its name due to the color of its feathers, shanks and feet. Chocolates used to be common in the south and in France; it was well established in the southern part of the U.S. before the Civil War which caused a great decline in turkey breeding throughout the southeastern states.
Links to Cooking Recipes:
1) How to Roast a Heritage Turkey by William Rubel, author of "The Magic of Fire" and "Bread"
2) Roasted Heritage Turkey Recipe by Martha Stewart
3) Cooking Your Heritage Turkey by Sandra Kay Miller
Lisa,We have been making Turkeys for thanksgiving coming up to 50 years. ( Wedding Anniversary is Feb 14th ..our 50th!)This was the first heritage Turkey we have ever cooked.It was terrific & perfect. All our family & guests were singing praises!The directions were right on perfect… we still need a little practice to get the Legs done, etc….but we will practice on your next Bird.** Thanks,Have a Happy Holiday Season!
Lee & BarbaraColchester Vermont.