Pasture Raised Turkey
Pasture raised turkey is a delicious source of protein year round. Like our chickens, our turkeys are raised out on pasture, giving them an exquisite flavor. They are naturally moist and juicy. Studies have shown pasture raised turkey to be rich in CLA, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, and vitamin E. Pasture raised turkey is the cleanest and healthiest source of protein you will find, making our turkey an excellent choice for healthy meat.
Turkey is a delicious meat that can be made into many, many meals. We generally roast our turkey and have a feast of roast turkey and all the fixin's. After that, we have several dinners of sliced turkey. When it seems one couldn't possibly get one more shred of meat off the bones, we cook down the carcass to make a fabulous broth and there is always far more meat left on the bones than you would ever expect. At that point, we usually get at least two dinners of turkey soup. In our opinion, turkey soup beats chicken soup for flavor, hands down! We have a very large family and can still get this kind of mileage out of a turkey. I would say that one turkey could feed the bunch of us for nearly a week. Now, that's value for your food dollar!
We raise the turkeys right here on the farm and then as a family we process them at the appointed time. This means that the turkey you buy from us isn't trucked across the country in a smelly diesel semi-truck (with several hundred other birds) to get to a processing facility. That means our turkey meat hasn't been exposed to highway and automobile pollutants or the stress of being transported. That means our turkeys are happy until the very end. You are buying a healthier meat (if only for those reasons alone) and you will be supporting your local economy, not one from "who knows where??".
Our family butchers the turkeys here on our farm. You can pick up your fresh birds here at the FARM or at one of our scheduled deliveries in SPRINGFIELD or MARSHFIELD.
Did you know that it takes about 16 weeks to grow out a turkey on pasture? We start our Thanksgiving turkeys around the end of JULY! They are raised out on our fresh pastures in bottomless pens until they are 16 weeks old. We feed them a custom mix of GMO-free grain and organic mineral supplements to insure that you get the healthiest bird possible. They get lots of fresh country air, sunshine, bugs, and green grass.
You MUST Pre-Order your Turkey
Everyone loves turkey for the holidays! Here is your chance to order locally-raised, healthy, FRESH, never-been-frozen, all natural, pasture raised turkey for this season's festivities. When you order a Bechard Family Farm turkey, you are sure to have the best tasting, most healthy turkey of a lifetime.
If you want to be guaranteed a turkey for your holiday festivities, you must pre-order to be assured that you will get one. Every year, we have to turn away people who didn't pre-order a turkey. Don't be one of those people. A $10 per bird non-refundable deposit will secure your order. The balance of payment is due when you pick up your meat.
We do NOT raise turkeys for Christmas. If you would like a Christmas turkey, be sure to order it now.
Historically, our turkeys have dressed out anywhere from 14# to 25#. You can request a specific size turkey, like "18 lbs", but please remember that when you order a turkey, we cannot guarantee a specific weight. Our birds are raised outdoors on pasture. They do not come from a mold. Please be willing to take a turkey that is within 3-5# of your requested weight. When you come to pick up your bird, we will work with you to get you as close to the size you want. We believe that you will be happily matched up with your turkey.
We offer several different pickup options. We offer a special "butcher day only" price for birds picked up here at the farm.
We also offer three Springfield delivery options, one in Marshfield, and possibly a St. Louis delivery. You will be able to meet us at two of the MaMa Jean's Natural Market stores or at Homegrown Food. We will bring the turkeys into town and they will be clean and ready to put in your freezer or oven. Customers meet us in the parking lot of these fine establishments at the appointed time and pick up their birds. Please note: we do NOT sell our birds to the stores. These stores are simply being kind enough to provide a meeting place for us to deliver and for you to pick up your turkeys.
Be sure to visit these fine stores. These stores sell local products as much as possible; you're sure to be pleased with their friendly staffs and great selection!
Here are your pickup options:
1) You can pick up your turkeys here at the FARM on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
2) For the TWELFTH YEAR in a row, we are
thankful to partner with MaMa Jean's Natural Market in Springfield.
3) For the SECOND YEAR now, we are happy
to announce a partnership with Homegrown Food in Springfield.
4) We are happy to welcome Tiff's Natural
Market in Marshfield to our team. This cute little store is on the
square in Marshfield.
5) We are working on arrangements to have
some turkeys delivered to St. Louis. Stay tuned.
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