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    $131.99 - $261.99

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    Our Fresh Turkeys will be available for pre-order starting Oct 27th.  

    The traditional taste of turkey can be yours with our heritage-breed birds. With darker meat and deeper flavor, these turkeys offer a distinctive and rustic eating experience.

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    If you are confused by all the marketing claims out there, you've come to the right place. At D'Artagnan, we offer true heritage turkey, from Standard Bronze and Bourbon Red stock. Both breeds are known for their heavy breasts and richly-flavored meat. 

    These old-breed birds are the prized turkeys of yesteryear, but are sadly no longer common, having been displaced by Broad-breasted White turkeys over the past century. Unlike their modern cousins, the heritage breeds grow at a slower pace, which is inconvenient for factory farms on a strict schedule. They have dark feathers, which can result in noticable pinfeathers in the flesh. And they are not as large as the modern birds, engineered to grow to enormous size.

    Our heritage turkeys are raised free-range on sustainable farms with great care and attention paid to their welfare. This translates to a superbly clean bird that yields a naturally firm and moist meat with authentic turkey flavor. If you believe, as we do, that a happy turkey is a tasty turkey, then a heritage bird is the one for your table.

    Just the facts

    • 100% natural, farm-raised heritage turkey
    • Slow growing Standard Bronze and Bourbon Red breeds
    • Free-range and sustainably farmed
    • Natural diet of native grasses, seeds and insects
    • Grain supplement of corn and soy
    • No antibiotics or hormones
    • Hand processed
    • Ships in an uncooked state
    • Product of USA
    • Note: There may be small pinfeathers in the flesh, which are easily removed with needle nose pliers, tweezers, or your fingers
    • Use within 3-5 days of receipt

    Today you can enjoy the authentic taste of traditional turkey because our Amish and Mennonite farmers raise them the right way: in a totally free-range and sustainable environment, with full access to the outdoors. They feed on native grasses, seeds and insects, with a grain supplement of corn and soy. No antibiotics or hormones are ever used, and each bird is processed by hand to ensure quality. This translates to a superbly clean bird that yields a naturally firm and moist meat with authentic turkey flavor.

    D'Artagnan heritage turkeys are from Standard Bronze and Bourbon Red stock, which are two original, slow-growing breeds that have been largely replaced by Broad-breasted White turkeys in modern agriculture.

    Heritage turkey breeds were developed for specific traits over generations, and our old breeds have been recognized as the “Standard of Perfection” by the American Poultry Association. Both have been identified by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as genuine heritage breeds. In order to qualify as heritage breeds, the birds must naturally mate, have a long, productive lifespan and a slow growth rate. These old breeds cannot be pushed to grow quickly the way factory-farmed turkeys are.

    Ordering your Thanksgiving turkey: We highly recommend you plan ahead and pre-order your holiday bird as early as possible, as we often sell out.

    Cooking your D'Artagnan turkey:  Keep in mind that depending on several factors, including: size of bird, oven calibration, type of cookware used, recipe variations, and method of cooking, time and temperature will vary. We recommend use of a meat thermometer, instant-read or digital, when gauging doneness. Click here for Turkey Roasting Basics.

    How to order the right size turkey: We recommend that you estimate 1-1.25 pounds per person to determine the size of turkey you will need. (For example, an 8-10 pound turkey will yield 6-8 servings). If you would like to have leftovers, then plan on at least 1.5 pounds per person.

    Our Heritage Turkey

    When it comes to turkey, the old ways are often the best ways. We offer true heritage Standard Bronze and Bourbon Red breeds, known for their heavy breasts and dark, rich meat. Our birds are raised at a natural pace in free-range conditions to provide the authentic taste of turkey, the way it was meant to be.

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