Entries in Heritage Turkey (20)

Monday
Nov192012

Something to truly be thankful for

This weekend, after preparing all of our turkeys and then being able to meet the customers as they picked them up -- we truly felt thankful to have so many supportive customers.  

We thought a fun way to say thanks to all of our customers and to keep the spirit of community alive would be to have a contest.  To enter, all you have to do is post a picture of your roasted turkey on our facebook page timeline along with a few words about your experience cooking and eating a truly free range heritage turkey.

All entries will be entered to win a free gourmet Prairie Ranger chicken.  

You will get one entry for posting your picture and story.  In addition, each 'like' or comment to your picture will give you another entry into the contest.  

If you are not a facebook user, you can still enter.  Just send your picture and story to the farm via email and we'll post it for you.  Our facebook page is public so anyone can look at it.  

Winner will be drawn December 1, 2012.

We look forward to hearing about your experience with a pasture raised heritage turkey!

 

Sunday
Nov182012

and THAT was an awesome day!

 

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That's not a technical glitch, I have no pics of the day because we were so BUSY!  I know some of you took pics and they are showing up on facebook or can be emailed to us, so hopefully we can share some of the fun soon.

Today, we offered farm tours in conjunction with turkey pick-ups.  The weather was lovely, the animals intrigued by all the busyness, and the puppies quite curious as to all the new smells.  We loved sharing the farm with so many people today!  Hearing your thoughts, sharing how we raise the animals, seeing the kids so excited about the farm.  Answering your questions, listening to your ideas, guiding the turkeys back to their pasture!

As I sit here wrapping up the paperwork from the day, I am amazed at all the support shown today.  We, as farmers, are truly encouraged by your visits.  You inspire and motivate us.  You are making a difference.  Your support is what allows us to choose this path and we are excited to share it with you, not only in the high quality food we offer, but in visits and tours and connecting you to your food.

I am looking forward to meeting more of you as we have several more turkey pick-ups scheduled for this week.  We always welcome visitors and enjoy giving tours of the farm.  Do you know someone that might enjoy visiting?  We'd love it if you'd share our blog with them so they can contact us.

We are thankful to each of you for making time to visit today!  Such an awesome day! 

 

Saturday
Oct132012

a closer look @ our turkeys

Who knew turkeys could be so much fun to raise?  They are fun to watch, easy to work with, and fairly easy to round up back to their pasture -- even when you happen to walk out the front door to go to library storytime and see turkeys in your front yard instead (true story).  Seriously, they do get out of their pasture a lot (daily), but they don't go far and want to be back with their flock, so it's usually not a big deal to herd them back to their designated pasture before evening.  I'd always heard stories about how dumb turkeys are, so I've been surprised to have such a good experience and find that they are definitely NOT dumb.

Last spring, we started with some turkey eggs and Gary, Jeff's dad who enjoys hatching eggs, incubated them.  We chose a heritage breed, Standard Bronze, which take about 9 months to grow out.  Once hatched, we housed the turkeys in our brooder for a couple of weeks so they could grow their feathers and gain strength.  Then, we moved them out to pasture protected in one of our portable chicken tractors.  Once they were pretty good size, we clipped one of their wings to inhibit flying and moved them to a much larger pasture which contains a roost for them and is surrounded by portable poultry netting.  We move the turkeys to new pasture every week and it's a big job as we have to take down, move and put up three sets of electric poultry netting.  The fence is to provide them some predator protection, but as noted before, it is only a small suggestion to the turkeys on where they should center their wanderings.  

They forage in their pasture (and beyond) throughout the day, eating grass, weeds and insects.  We also provide supplemental organic grain, which has a high protein content.  They definitely have individual growing rates, with the toms decidedly larger than the hens.  We're hoping to get an estimate on their current weights, but as you can imagine, weighing a live turkey involves catching one and holding on to it long enough to weigh it and we haven't made time to do that yet.

Our turkeys provide a plethora of entertainment on the farm...they love the truck, probably because it's old and has a lot of squeaks and noises when you open the doors.  They gobble at the four-wheeler as it starts.  They gobble at thunder, a rooster crowing and the dogs barking.  It's quite a ruckus to hear all the toms gobble at the same time!  Want to see how farmers entertain themselves?

When we we go into the turkey pasture they are always very curious and will come up to investigate.  They will keep an eye on you, but only get somewhat close.  I have been especially surprised by their sounds. I had no idea turkeys make so many sounds, but when I take some time to sit in their pasture, I can hear at least half a dozen different sounds - puff! cheeep! squawk! warble!  The turkeys do love to be together and they will forage in a group or follow you in a group or escape in a group.  At least their flock instincts make it easier for the farmer to guide them back to their designated pasture.  One time, the girls and I were guiding them back to their pasture and as they ran along in a flock, they reminded me so much of dinosaurs, they looked so prehistoric running along on their gangly legs with their knobby, gnarly heads.

They are beautiful as the strut around and man, do they strut their stuff.  It is really something to see, the tail feathers fan out, the body feathers puff up and shimmer, the wings hang low - I can appreciate the beauty and I'm not even a hen.  The particular breed we chose, Standard Bronze, has distinct bronze coloring on the feathers that truly shimmers in the sunlight.


Though we are selling most of the turkeys, we are holding several back.  We want to maintain a small breeding flock so that we can continue to raise turkeys here at Synergistic Acres.  They are thriving with rotational grazing & are a fun and unique addition to the farm.  Want to come see if YOU can get the turkeys to gobble?  Visit soon as Thanksgiving is approaching!

Sunday
Sep232012

15 minute challenge - 

I have a challenge for each of my readers -- 

 

Spend 15 minutes sitting down amongst the animals that will soon be your food.  It sounds a little ludicrous - however, the ludicracy of this has only become apparent in the last genration.  Up until recent times when the growing of food was NOT distantly separated from the everyday lives of the common man, everyone knew what the life of their food was like.  As a result, food was safer and healthier.  When you saw the life your food lived, you treated them well and ensured they were kept healthy.  As an example. no one would allow their family's beef cow to stand in manure up past its feet, fed feed that makes it so sick that daily medication is required to keep it alive, and living amongst squalor so infectious that strong pesticides are used internally to kill off the plentiful parasites.  They would not want to eat it.  However, that is what 90% of the Americans eat every day when they buy beef from the grocery store.  The alternative is buying beef that lives on green pastures, moved gto fresh ground everyday, never fed anything but grass, and is never needs any medications or pesticides.  It would only take 15 (probably less) minutes of living amongst that animal for you to decide.  

I realize this may be an unrealistic challenge, considering how secretive the food industry has become.  (Did you know several states have laws making it illegal to take pictures of farm operations- why is that?)  The next best thing is to do a "virtual" 15 minutes tour.  Go to youtube and search for Industrial Chicken House, Cow Feed Lot, Industrial Pork Production. Industrial Eggs Layers.  I will embed a few below.  After watching these videos we invite you to come out to our farm.  We can take you on a tour of how we raise your animals.  Or you can look at Own You Tube Channel -- where we regularly post videos of ou animals living the good life! 

Synergistic Acres Youtube Channel

I specifically chose videos that were produced and presented by there respective industries -- not an animal rights or other biased group.  This is these farms at their BEST!

Industrial Chicken Farm

Industrial Beef Feed Lot

Industri Pig House

 

"Organic" Egg farm

 

Industrial Turkey House

Organic Turkey House

 

What are your thoughts after watching these Videos?  

Sunday
Jul222012

Time to Talk Turkey -- Heritage Turkeys

 

I’m going to ask you to do something very normal but entirely uncommon today,  Begin thinking about your Thanksgiving feast several months before Fall is even in the air!

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrating tradition and great food.  Great food is why the turkey is the centerpiece of that feast.  Nothing says Thanksgiving like a large dark roasted turkey sitting majestically on the carving platter. In order to honor this tradition of Thanksgiving you may want to consider having a Heritage Turkey as the centerpiece of this years meal.  This turkey would share the traditional qualities that we are celebrating on this uniquely American holiday. 

Our Turkeys are VERY different from the Turkeys you can buy at the store.  The primary difference is that they are raised on pasture.  This is much more important than buying a turkey from the grocery store labeled as  organic turkey or a free-range turkey.  These labels have little true meaning and they will likely still be fed primarily grain and grown in tight confinement style housing.  Our turkeys receive their primary food from the pastures and then are supplemented with 100% organic whole grain food.    It is this difference in food that will effect the taste and nutrition of the bird  the most.  The second very important reason to buy a heritage turkey from our farm is that you will have given an alternative life to a turkey that instead of living in confinement houses where every turkey is given a couple square feet to live, you will have given a turkey a life that included ranging over several acres in constantly rotated protected paddocks.  

Now is the time to preorder your Thanksgiving Turkey today.  We have a very limited supply and expect to sell out rather quickly judging from the demand that we have already seen.    It will be raised, fed and cared for until shortly before Thanksgiving, when it will be prepared for you right here at the farm,  You may pick up your fresh the week before Thanksgiving,


Use the form on the tab 'Natural Pasture Raised Meats,' then 'Heritage Turkey' to order your Turkey.  Turkeys will be available to pickup fresh from the farm by appointment.  Also, please think of atleast one other person to tell about the chance to get a wonderful, local, pasture raised, organic Turkey.  By telling a friend, you are ensuring that exceptionally good local food will continue to be raised and available to your family!

 

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