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Christmas Turkeys

We are now accepting orders for Christmas Turkeys!

Our Turkeys are 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. 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.

These turkeys are very popular and we have a limited quantity. We are expecting to sell out before the order deadline this year so please order early.

This year we are offering the following turkey pickup days:

Edmonton-Old Strathcona Farmers Market Dec 19th 7:30am-3pm

Edmonton- Sunworks Meat Shop on Whyte Ave (Located in the Blush Lane Store) Dec 23rd 5pm-8pm

Calgary- Market on Macleod Dec 19th 9am-5pm

Camrose- Sunworks Farm Butcher Shop Dec 19 9am-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 December 16th at 5:00pm or when we sell out of turkeys, whichever comes first

Non-GMO Verified is good but Organic is better.

Both of these certifications give you the assurance that the products that you are buying do not contain GMO’s. However that is their only similarity when it comes to the production of the products.

Non GMO products most likely will still be sprayed with chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. The land will also still have chemical and petroleum based fertilizers applied to it.  Animals can still be raised in a confined feeding operation identical to other conventionally raised meat.

Certified Organic products do not contain GMO’s. They are grown without the application of chemical herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. Natural fertilizers such as manure and cover crops are used to improve yields. Animals have to have room to move and access to the outdoors. There are requirements for living conditions, water management, manure management, crop rotation and wildlife protection.

Non-GMO Verified products are a step in the right direction but organic is a more holistic approach to agriculture.

Ron Hamilton


Happy Thanksgiving

For Ron and I the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and the days immediately before is always a busy and stressful time for us as we organize and deliver all of our thanksgiving turkeys. There is very little sleep, lots of organizing, driving and added stress. We find it is also a time where we become refreshed and renewed by the support of all our family, friends and customers. The connections and friendships that have been made and renewed at the markets are a blessing to us and we are thankful for them every day. We are thankful for all the people who take the time to ask us questions about how their food is raised. We are thankful for our family and staff that help us to do what we feel called to do. We are thankful for the land that provides food for us and our animals. We are truly blessed to have many people and things to be thankful for.

Thank you.

We hope that you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sheila and Ron

Your Farmers.

Thanksgiving Turkeys Available

We  have 20 un-reserved turkeys available for purchase at our Meat Shop located in the Blush Lane Store on Whyte Ave in Edmonton. We are open until 9pm Saturday, 9am-9pm Sunday, and 10am-7pm Monday. Quantities are limited so get them before they are gone!

Turkey Cooking Instructions.

Since the farm office will be closed over Thanksgiving weekend. We thought that we would post the turkey cooking instructions that we hand out to customers at the markets in case there were any questions.

Our Turkeys are Orlopp Bronze turkeys. 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. The meat is a very light caramel color and boasts a very rich, complex flavor.

You may notice on the skin of your turkey little spots that look like tiny ink spots. These are the pin feather holes and when some of the black pin feathers are removed a little bit of the black coloring can remain these are natural and are safe to eat.

Store your bird in your fridge at a temperature below 4 C until you are ready to prepare and cook it.

Before you roast or stuff the turkey make sure that you have removed the plastic bag of organs that are in the cavity or neck of the bird.

Our birds will cook faster than a conventional bird.

Based on our turkey cooking experience an unstuffed 15lb turkey cooks in 3 hours at 375F, a 20 lb unstuffed turkey cooks in 4 hours at 375F.  When it is done remove from the oven cover it loosely with foil and let it rest for 15-20 min so that the natural juices are locked in.

There are many factors that can affect how fast your turkey cooks including your oven, pan, and preparation. One way to know if your turkey is cooked is to take the temperature of the bird in the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone. The meat thermometer should read 170 F.

Happy Thanksgiving!