New Hampshire Pasture-Raised Heritage Turkeys
Compared to factory-farmed, grain-fed turkeys, pasture-raised turkeys — whose foraging in luscious grass fields is supplemented with non-GMO or organic grains — are superior nutritionally and have outstanding flavor and texture. They cost more. You have to go get them at a local farm. And they won’t have plastic pop-up timers. But if you visited the farm and saw them strut, fluff up their tails and cackle in delight when they spot a good-looking bug, you’d be sold.
Pasture-raised heritage turkeys are the aristocracy of all pasture-raised turkeys. These historic birds are hard to find, but can trace their lineage back to the original wild turkeys who bred naturally rather than most of today’s turkeys that depend on artificial means to propagate. Below we’ve included sources for Heritage Bourbon Reds and Broad Breasted Bronze, as well as sources for their standard pasture-raised brethren.
Give thanks this holiday that they exist due to the perseverance of small family farms. There is limited supply, so make sure to call and reserve your gobble bird well in advance.
|Tiny Hill Farm
38 Willey Rd., Milton Mills
|Heritage Bourbon Reds||Considered one of the best-tasting heritage turkeys, these rare Bourbon Reds are pasture-raised, organic, have been bred by Tiny Hill Farm for the past five years to grow big and flavorful, averaging 10-20 pounds each.||$7 per pound|
583 County Rd.
|Broad Breasted Whites||Patridge Farm, located in the Upper River Valley, has pasture-raised these certified organic turkeys for the past three years. They eat grass and bugs and average 18 to 33 pounds. Boneless breast
and whole legs also available.
|$4.75 per pound|
|Walpole Valley Farms
663 Wentworth Rd.
|Broad Breasted Whites||These standard white turkeys are pasture-raised in Walpole and fed only grain feed from non-GMO seeds bought from a small family farm. Birds range from 15 to 25 pounds.||$4.15 per pound|
31 Clymers Dr.
|Broad Breasted Bronze and Broad Breasted Whites||Pasture-raised and fed non-GMO grains, the turkeys from Mayfair Farm range from 12 to 22 pounds and are processed on the farm a few days before Thanksgiving. House-made artisanal tart cherry turkey sausages sold after Thanksgiving. Check out their farm store for more goodies.||$4.79 per pound|
|Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm
213 Ridge Rd.
|Broad Breasted Whites||Most folks know their maple syrup. But Sugarmomma’s also breeds pasture-raised turkeys for the holidays, ranging from 15 to 35 pounds. Seventeen-year-old son has his own business called Chicken Nicks. He breeds and sells pasture-raised chickens. Runs in the family.||$4.39 per pound|