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Thanksgiving Turkeys

turkeys-2016-1With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching we have been receiving lots of questions about how our Thanksgiving turkeys are raised.

Our turkeys arrive at our farm from the hatchery only hours old and receive their first water and feed here on the farm. They are brooded in a warm barn with lots of fresh air and natural light until they are old enough and feathered out enough to safely go outside. We raise a heritage breed called Orlopp Bronze. This breed has beautiful black feathering and thrives outside.  While outside they are raised in moveable shelters that are moved every day onto fresh grass. They are protected from the hot summer sun and heavy rain by a roof over the outdoor space of their shelter. Electric netting is placed around the shelters in order to protect them from harassment by coyotes, foxes, skunks and other predators. When the turkeys are ready to be processed they are loaded at night to reduce their stress and taken on the short trip across the farm to our poultry processing plant. Where they are processed and then packaged. All our turkeys are certified organic and receive only certified organic feed. This means no herbicides or pesticides were applied to the feed, no-GMO’s, no animal by-products and no antibiotics. We are also certified humane by the B.C. SPCA and so follow strict guidelines for how our birds are treated.

We still have turkeys available for pre-order. The deadline to order a turkey is Oct 5th or when we sell out of turkeys, whatever happens first. In the past we have sold out of turkeys before the order deadline so we recommend ordering your turkey soon.

To order your turkey or for more information about turkey pick up days and locations please call the farm office at 1-877-393-3133 or visit us at one of our markets. When you order we take a $10 deposit per turkey, this reserves you a turkey but not a specific size. If you would like a specific size we recommend that you arrive at your pickup location early in order to have the best selection of sizes available.

This years pickup days are as follows:

Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market in Edmonton- Oct 8th 8am-3pm

Our Organic Meat Shop in Edmonton (located in the Blush Lane Store) – Oct 8th 8am-8pm

Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market (Terwillegar) Oct 5th 4pm-7:30pm

St. Albert Farmers’ Market – Oct 8th 10am-3pm

The Market on Macleod in Calgary- Oct 7th 9am-5pm

Our Camrose Butcher Shop – Oct 8th 10am-5pm

Organic Week!

Happy Organic Week!

To celebrate organic week we are once again giving you the chance to win one of our Fresh Organic Thanksgiving Turkeys!

You will also have a chance to win one of one of four Sample Packs containing 5 packages of our sausages!

To enter comment please visit our Facebook page and comment on our Organic Week post with your favorite flavor of our sausage. We will make random draws from the comments on this post on Sept 26th at 12 noon. You must be able to pick up your prize at one of our Farmers Market Locations, Meat Shop on Whyte Ave Location or our Camrose Butcher Shop.

Red Deer Pre-Order Pick Up.

We will be having a Pre-order pickup in Red Deer on Sept 23rd. The pickup location will be the parking lot of the Flying J Truck Stop at 6607 67th street Red Deer. If you would like to place a pre-order for pickup on this day, or if you have any questions please call the farm office at 1-877-393-3133. All orders must be in to the farm office by Sept 15th, in order for us to have enough time to put them together. Don’t forget to look at our current website specials before placing your order. These are located on the right hand side of our website home page.

Thanksgiving Turkeys

We are now accepting Thanksgiving Turkey Orders!

We raise an Orlopp Bronze Turkey. This is a Heritage Breed turkey that was developed by the Orlopp family back in 1935. Orlopp Bronze turkeys have a beautiful natural black feathering and thrive when raised outside. Our Thanksgiving turkeys are moved outside as soon as they are old enough and moved every day onto the fresh grass. The meat is a very light caramel color and boasts a very rich complex flavor. They are “black-feathered” birds which will cause some of the pin feather holes on the skin to look like little ink spots.

This year’s turkey pickup locations and days are:

Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market in Edmonton- Oct 8th 8am-3pm

Our Organic Meat Shop in Edmonton (located in the Blush Lane Store) – Oct 8th 8am-8pm

Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market (Terwillegar) Oct 5th 4pm-7:30pm

St. Albert Farmers’ Market – Oct 8th 10am-3pm

The Market on Macleod in Calgary- Oct 7th 9am-5pm

Our Camrose Butcher Shop – Oct 8th 10am-5pm

To order your turkey or for more information about turkey pick up days and locations please call the farm office at 1-877-393-3133 or visit us at one of our markets. When you order we take a $10 deposit per turkey, this reserves you a turkey but not a specific size. If you would like a specific size we recommend that you arrive at your pickup location early in order to have the best selection of sizes available. The deadline to order turkeys will be October 5th at 5:00pm or when we sell out of turkeys, whichever comes first

New Camrose Butcher Shop Hours.

In order to be more efficient, we have moved the cutting of our red meat (beef and pork) out to the processing plant here on the farm. Due to the butcher staff now working on the farm, we have had to reduce our Camrose Store hours to Friday and Saturdays 10am-5pm. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused our customers. If you have any questions, please call the farm at 1-877-393-3133.