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The Thanksgiving week, Nov 2018 batch has been processed.

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To be picked up at: 7650 Plattville Road, Yorkville, Illinois 60560, United States

(630) 536-4965

Pricing

1. You pick live turkey $75.00

2. 12-18.99lbs $64.00

3. 19-21.99lbs $75.00

4. 22+lbs $84.00


Free on farm processing available.

$20 non-refundable deposit per turkey required to hold your birds.


In case we lose turkeys to predators or sickness that have deposits on them, we will refund the deposit and let you know as soon as possible so you can find other turkeys for your needs.



Free Range Turkeys

Pasture raised premium turkeys

We learned a few things about raising turkeys in 2018.   First, they are a pleasure to raise.   They are kind of like an innocent clumsy puppy in the way they get excited to see us and how they treat us nice back.   It was fun to watch them follow Mrs. Farmer lead them around the farm like the pied piper.


With that being said, we've learned some things in 2018 to help us adjust to 2019.


1.  At 19 weeks, our heaviest processed turkey was 16.5lbs.    When we process we did not keep or include the gizzard, liver or heart.   That may make up about a pound.   We don't include a "gravy packet" which is probably close to another pound.  We're either going to have to grow some turkeys longer to get to that 19-23lb range, or take the bigger ones off the price list.


2.  Research tells us that turkeys are best at about 16 weeks.   That may be a high bar to hurdle because the one we cooked at 19 weeks was amazing, I can't imagine it being better at 16 weeks, but anything is possible.


3.  Did I mention how good the 'test' turkey was?  It was a 13 pounder and it was by miles and miles the best turkey I've ever eaten.   We had success.   Success is fun, now how do we repeat success?


The whole plan for 2019 is not set yet, but perhaps we should order baby turkey chicks in April, May and June so that some can be harvested earlier for customers wanting turkeys for the freezer earlier than thanksgiving while giving us turkeys of all sizes ready for processing thanksgiving week.   Maybe, we will be giving it some thought. 


With all of that being said, welcome to our turkey page.   These are our free range non-gmo fed birds, pictures in early October at approximately 11 weeks.   They are vibrant lively birds and they are just getting their turkey voices.


It is fun to see how they "get trained" as we move the tractors.   When we lower the wheels or raise the tractor for moving, they get really excited.   Then as you pull it forward, they crowd the front with their heads down, poking into the new coming grass as they scamper ahead.  They love the bugs, that's what they are looking for as they come on to the new grass area.  We move them typically 2-3 times a day so they are always on some pretty new turf.



Processing Notes

There are many options

When you buy a turkey from us, you have a few choices to consider.  


You may choose to pick up your turkey live in a properly ventilated box and take it home with you.


Advantages

  • You can take it to a USDA inspected facility for processing.  These commercial facilities are possibly not the best choice because they are so big and their processes may not be up to your standards.   I'd recommend some research on why Joe Salatin would not encourage this choice, and after that we are happy to accommodate.
  • Perhaps you want to process your own turkey as close to thanksgiving as possible.   I just heard someone grimace, but the fact is, there are a lot of people who relish this option.

Disadvantages

  • There is a certain amount of added stress on the bird in transport.   This includes taking the bird home and even travel to a processor.


Another option is for us to process your bird at our farm.   This is done free of charge.


Advantages

  • You leave here with a turkey that is ready to go in the oven.
  • We run a clean ship.  A very small processing operation stays much cleaner than the large processing facilities.
  • No transportation stress on the bird.
  • You are welcome to see our processing.   Our customers eyes on our attention to detail keeps our attention to detail well attended.

Disadvantages

  • We need you to come to the farm to get your bird on processing day in the afternoon.   There is only so much freezer space available and we need to work together to get the birds processed and on their way home.
  • We are not inspected, certified or in any way licensed as a poultry processing facility.   Some people want and need these boxes checked and that is fine.

Our pricing explained

Not your Meijer loss leader turkey

Your typical 19lb turkey from Meijer or Walmart has about 9.5% of what they call a basting solution.  That's 1.8 lbs of your package that ends up as juice at the bottom of the roaster before we start talking about the 1.5lbs of neck and giblets that you probably don't eat.


Straight away, your 19lb turkey is more like a 16lb turkey.


Second point is that on most days of the year, turkeys are closer to $2 bucks a pound as whole frozen birds.  Around thanksgiving time the stores know they will sell you $200 worth of other fixings if they can get you in the store to buy the turkey.   They are either getting down to cost, or probably selling a bit below cost on the turkey so they can make the big margin on the other stuff in your cart.


I'm not even saying these turkeys are a bad deal at 88c / lb, I've bought many of them over the years just because they seem to be such a great value.   There are many families who don't stop to think about it, or they are just fine with that 88c turkey on the table at thankgiving.


And, there are those who are not.   There are a lot of people who want a pasture raised free range non-gmo turkey on the table for thanksgiving.


Some may add to that, fresh, never frozen and Organic!


All are valid choices.   In fact, we explored organic for the feed and it's almost impossible to do it with our model.   The feed cost is so high we would have to charge near $9/lb for Organic, non-gmo birds raised the way we do it.   We are everything except organic.


Is our feed soaked in pesticides?   No.   There are a few disruptive websites and authors who talk that brand of nonsense.   It isn't true or fact and then the amounts of any chemical used on non-gmo grains is very little.   Many times smaller is any possible amount that is actually in the grain itself.  


If you look at your store bought turkey packaging it will say that "No additional hormones or antibiotics were used" which leaves open the door for some to have been used.   Some people don't like that and for those people, I am happy to tell you that we use None, zero hormones and zero antibiotics on our turkeys.  We even grind our feed from whole seed grains just so we make sure none of those things go in our feed.


Our turkeys are in a Turkey Tractor which keeps them safe from birds of prey, dogs, coyotes or other predators, but lets them roam in the grass all day.   They eat the grass and bugs as we find new areas of the farm to move them to.   We tend to get them moved 3 times a day just so they are always on the freshest grass and moved off of the place where the litter has been dropped.


For all these reasons, our turkeys are way better than the cheaper turkeys at the stores.   For people who want better, we hope to fill that gap.  Our pricing structure reflects a prices of $3.99 per pound on the high end.   Slightly less on most birds.


We find this in line with other producers of similar quality turkeys.   I might add that we almost always find these other producers sold out at this comparable price.