Families each have their own holiday traditions, recipes, and unique approaches to bringing their turkey to the table. For many, that story begins under the fluorescent lights of a grocery store, digging through a freezer bin and trying to ignore reality of mass-market American poultry production.
The story behind a Farmer Girl Meats turkey is different. It starts in an open pasture. The sun is touching down on grassy planes where turkeys and chickens strut about, pecking at bugs, scratching at the earth and really learning what it means to be birds. They are a lucky flock in comparison to the poultry found in grocery stores–crammed into dimly-lit commercial coops and fed objectionable diets. Farmer Girl Meats’ turkeys aren’t plumped-up by hormones, injected with water solutions, or addled by any other strange drugs.
Our pasture-raised turkeys come from Roseanna’s small, artisanal poultry farm in Kansas, where free-range conditions keep the birds happy and behaving in their natural manner. More importantly, the natural environments in which they are raised keep them clean, healthy and oh-so-delicious. The seasonal and native grasses they eat impart the flavor of the region and the birds are leaner because they are less reliant on corn and their lifestyle elicits more exercise. When you eat a Farmer Girl Meats turkey, you’re getting just that. A turkey. Not softened and swollen by inactivity or poor diets, but lean, natural, clean and hardy. A true pasture bird, raised in the outdoors and watched over by Roseanna’s caring hands.
“Giving our animals a great quality of life makes me feel good. I can tell that they enjoy life, in the fresh air and sunshine, stretching their wings.”
Roseanna’s chickens are able to express their natural behaviors, like scratching, pecking, wing-flapping and perching. In combination with the pasture lifestyle, the birds also receive a varied diet of natural grains to ensure health, wellness, and flavor. Commercially-raised birds typically eat grain that contains antibiotics to prevent disease and promote growth. Roseanna feeds her flock specially-formulated, antibiotic-free grain once a day. Because the birds are able to roam the range at will, Roseanna’s birds don’t require routine antibiotics.
Commercially-raised birds are dosed with antibiotics because their over-crowded and unclean conditions promote the spread of disease. The natural method, Roseanna said, comes at a price–the birds grow slower, eat more food, and cost more to raise. To put it simply, it just takes more time and money to raise livestock the old-fashioned way. But at Farmer Girl Meats, the extra cost is an investment in the animals and in the health of our families that enjoy them. Aside from the obvious superior flavor, pasture-raised poultry is significantly higher in healthy omega-3 acids and conjugated linoleic acids.
It’s also lower in omega-6 saturated fats than confined birds. This is because omega-3 acids come from chlorophyll in green plants, while omega 6 saturated fats come from grains. This Thanksgiving, tell a different story. Pasture-raised Farmer Girl Meats turkeys can make a beautiful centerpiece to your holistic, healthy, delicious meal and build upon your family’s distinct Thanksgiving story.