Slow Food for Thought...

“Defending the earth means safeguarding biodiversity, the landscape and farming. Those who haven’t seen the importance of farming haven’t understood anything!”
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Monday, October 20, 2008

Morgan Farm Presents Heritage Turkeys

This year Morgan farm is offering pasture raised, hormone free Heritage Turkeys. The price per pound is $9 ($8 for Slow Food members). The weight of each bird will vary between 12 and 15 pounds. We process the old fashioned way using spring water and NO chemicals or machine processing. Your Thanksgiving turkey will be processed on Monday, November 24th and delivered to our East side Cleveland location on Tuesday, November 25th. Your holiday heritage turkey will NEVER be frozen. We will include some cooking tips and recipes for your one of a kind heritage bird. We have a limited quantity and require a $20 deposit. This can be done through our website Click the "order here" link . We accept paypal or check. Please feel free to contact us my mail or phone with any questions. We look forward to making this a special holiday season for you and your family.

About Heritage Turkeys
Prized for their rich flavor and beautiful plumage Heritage Breeds still exist and are making a comeback. Most breeds of heritage turkey were developed in the United States and Europe over hundreds of years, and were identified in the American Poultry Association's turkey Standard of Perfection of 1874. These breeds include the Bourbon Red, Slate, Black Spanish, and Royal Palm....all offered by Morgan Farms this 2008 season.

Raising Heritage Breeds is more costly and time consuming than raising White Breasted Toms. While supermarket turkeys grow to an average of 32 pounds over 18 weeks, Heritage birds take anywhere from 24-30 to reach their market weight. But those who have tasted Heritage Breeds say the cost-and the wait-are well worth it.

By the 1960s heritage turkeys had been driven from the market by the industrial Broad-Breasted White. Today’s Broad Breasted White turkeys cannot mate naturally, they don’t even walk well. Their meat is dry and lacks flavor. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has acted to preserve the traditional heritage varieties of turkey our grandparents enjoyed. Slow Food is working with the Conservancy to broaden awareness of these precious farm animals and to stimulate demand for their delicious meat.

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