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

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