I’m sitting down for what feels like the first time today. Cooking for the last three days in preparation for Thanksgiving has given me plenty of quiet time to think about what I’m thankful for. Besides my family, wonderful and supportive friends, and farmers who grow the food I eat, I’m grateful for every stakeholder – from consumers to retailers to chefs – that takes small actions that lead to meaningful change in our food system.
Heritage turkeys sold at retail – in stores and online – are raised in California by Bill Niman’s BN Ranch and Mary’s Free Range Turkey, and Frank Reese’s Good Shepard Poultry Ranch in Kansas. This year, I’m excited to share a source for local, organic heritage turkeys right here in Fairfield County.
It’s just gotten easier to prepare a feast that more closely resembles the one served at the first Thanksgiving. Take a step back in time, pre-industrialized food, with the Ark of the Ark of Taste Thanksgiving Collection. This collection, available through a collaboration between Slow Food USA and Heritage Foods USA, is for real cooks, foodies, epicureans and gourmands in search of flavor – forgotten flavors.
Welcome to our first national buying guide to Heritage turkeys. These are the turkey breeds that generations before us ate prior to the rapid rise and ubiquity of Broad Breasted Whites. Bred with the singular goal of producing a bird with more white meat that matures as quickly as possible, Broad Breasted Whites don’t taste like much when grown in confinement on commercial farms. Still, they have become so popular that other breeds of turkeys nearly became extinct.
Too early to start thinking about buying your Thanksgiving bird? Think again! Farmers and retailers have gotten an early start informing us about their local and heritage turkey offerings this year, so we’ve decided to publish right away and add to the guide as we receive new information. Check back for updates or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for notifications.