Frequently Asked Questions
What is Free-Range? Our open air barns allow our turkeys to freely roam inside or outside. Our birds are given outdoor access by seven weeks of age and that access is unlimited except during extreme weather conditions.
What do you feed your turkeys? The feed is a vegetarian mix that contains no animal by-products. It is a mix of all-natural ingredients consisting of mostly corn and soybeans.
Are your turkeys gluten free? Gluten products are not fed to the turkeys, however because gluten naturally occurs in the environment especially in some pasture grasses and our turkeys are free range on pasture we cannot guarantee that gluten will not be present in the meat.
What is the difference between Hens and Toms?
Hen Turkeys (female) generally are the smaller turkeys & weigh from 10-26 pounds.
Tom Turkeys (male) generally are the larger turkeys & weigh from 30-40 pounds.
Do Hens & Toms cost the same?Yes. In the past pricing for hens & toms were different. After studying this the last few years we have determined that the input costs do not vary enough to merit differentiated pricing.
Is there a difference in taste between Hens and Toms? There is no difference in taste, tenderness or quality between hens and toms.
What size do I order? We suggest 1.5 pounds per adult.
What is Dark Meat? The dark meat is what remains once we cut out a bone-in breast. Sometimes it is referred to as the saddle. It contains the back and two drumsticks.
What are Giblets? Giblets contain the heart, liver and gizzard.
What is in your Turkey Sausage? Our sausage contains fresh turkey, brown sugar, salt and pepper.
How do I cook a Smoked Turkey? Smoked Turkeys are ready to eat. You can either serve cold or reheat on a low temperature at 300°.
When can I pick up my turkey? Turkeys can be picked up during any of our retail hours.
Should I come Tuesday rather than Wednesday to avoid the Thanksgiving rush? Not necessarily. The last few years Tuesday and Wednesday have been equally busy. We even suggest picking up on Monday if you are worried about a line.
If I pick it up on Monday or before how do I store it? Fresh poultry should only be kept in a household refrigerator for 2-3 days before cooking. If you are storing it longer your turkey must be kept at a very cold temperature (below 40 degrees). We suggest either a second refrigerator that can be set to a lower temperature and has less traffic or in a small cooler submerged in ice water. When storing in a cooler take it out of the plastic bag or butcher paper. If you are storing your turkey in a cooler for a longer period of time you should add ice on top and periodically drain water out of the cooler.
What Payment Methods do you accept? Check or Cash
What is the Drawing Charge? The charge to clean and prepare your turkey.
Are your turkeys ready to go into the oven? Yes, like you would buy in the grocery store. When you get it home take it out of the plastic bag or butcher paper, put in the sink and rinse off. Remove giblets and neck from inside of cavity before cooking.
How do I cook my turkey? Cooking instructions are here.
Can I deep fry? Yes, check the size that your fryer's manufacturer recommends.