Turkey is a traditional food at fall and winter holiday meals, but the turkeys you find in mainstream grocery stores are not your great-grandfather’s heritage breed turkey. At Elmwood Stock Farm, two types of organic turkeys—heritage breeds and standard broad-breasted—are raised on pasture.
Elmwood Stock Farm is involved with breed-conservation efforts for Narragansett and Slate heritage-breed turkeys, and is one of the few farms in the country to produce heritage breed turkeys that are USDA Certified Organic. Heritage turkey requires different cooking methods than the mega-birds commonly available in supermarkets, and we are happy to offer preparation advice. Elmwood Stock Farm’s organic heritage turkey was reviewed in a taste test by Cook’s Illustrated magazine as “recommended.” Also, Louisville’s Courier-Journal food writer Jere Downs visited Elmwood Stock Farm’s turkeys producing this article and this video.
In addition to heritage turkeys, Elmwood Stock Farm produces the standard Broad-Breasted Bronze turkeys. These are the same size and shape as a supermarket turkey, but Elmwood’s are raised in the organic, pasture-based system that is at the core of poultry and livestock production on the farm. Read more below about the difference between heritage and standard broad-breasted turkey varieties.
Pasture-raised meats have good saturated fats and are high in omega-3 fatty acids. The use of certified-organic grain along with raising turkeys outdoors on pasture means our turkeys are more expensive to produce, but you can take comfort knowing no antibiotics, no GMO grains and no synthetic chemicals are used to produce your food. USDA organic certification ensures third-party verification of our production practices and ultimately results in better health for you, your family and all the guests around the table.
Purchase Our Organic, Pasture-Raised Turkey
Elmwood Stock Farm’s organic, pasture-raised whole turkeys are available for Thanksgiving by pre-order and often sell out. You can pick up your turkey on the farm or at the farmers market, or we can ship your turkey within the Continental US or deliver it locally. Use the contact form at the bottom of this page for ordering.
Payment is required at pickup or prior to shipping. All of our turkeys are processed under USDA organic inspection and are freshly frozen for food-safety purposes.
Some sizes of whole turkeys as well as turkey pieces are available year-round.
Elmwood Stock Farm Organic, Pasture-Raised Turkey Sizing and Pricing
Pricing and availability subject to change.
Heritage Whole Turkeys
Expected dressed weight: less than 7 pounds $69.00
Expected dressed weight: 7-8.9 pounds $109.00
Expected dressed weight: 9-10.9 pounds $129.00
Expected dressed weight: 11-13.9 pounds $149.00
Expected dressed weight: 14-16.9 pounds $169.00
Expected dressed weight: 10-11.9 pounds $109.00
Expected dressed weight: 12-13.9 pounds $114.00
Expected dressed weight: 14-15.9 pounds $119.00
Expected dressed weight: 16-17.9 pounds $129.00
Expected dressed weight: 18-19.9 pounds $139.00
Expected dressed weight: 20 pounds and over $149.00
Cut-Up Turkey Pieces
Breast, Boneless Skinless … $18.50/lb.
Breast, Bone-In … $12.50/lb.
Thigh … $9.50/lb.
Legs (2 per pack) … $8.50/lb.
Wings (4-6 per pack) … $6.50/lb.
Turkey-Stock-Making Pack … $3.00/lb.
Giblet Gravy Pack … $3.00/lb.
Livers … $6.00/lb.
Hearts … $ 6.00/lb.
Necks … $4.50/lb.
The costs of cheap food are hidden in healthcare, environmental cleanup and dependence on pharmaceuticals. You might have heard the phrase, “Visit the farm, not the (f)pharmacy,” to establish a personal path between good nutrition and good health. The many months to care for heritage turkeys and the use of certified-organic grains for better animal health results in high production costs. The resulting high purchase price for specialty turkeys reflects the true costs of safe and wholesome food.
More About Elmwood Stock Farm’s Organic, Pasture-Raised Turkey Production
Everything we raise at Elmwood Stock Farm, in Scott County, Ky., just outside Georgetown, is USDA certified organic. Our turkeys are free ranging, kept outdoors on grass pasture and fed wholesome, organic grains, resulting in moist, flavorful turkey without the use of synthetic inputs, flavor additives or stimulants.
ABOUT HERITAGE TURKEYS
Elmwood Stock Farm’s heritage-breed turkeys are “Recommended” in a Cook’s Illustrated taste test. Ours is the only organic turkey to receive such a distinction from the magazine.
From Cook’s Illustrated: “This turkey was ‘super tender and juicy,’ with white meat ‘so rich in flavor that it tastes like dark meat.’ The dark meat was even more tender and flavorful, prompting one taster to ask, ‘Is this dark turkey or pulled pork? So fall-apart tender that it’s almost shredding itself.’ ‘Rich without gamy notes,’ the meat had a ‘texture like velvet.'”
A heritage turkey is not one particular breed, but made up of a group of breeds. At Elmwood, we care year-round for our own breeding flock in order to raise Narragansett (the oldest-known American turkey breed), Slate turkeys (found on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, which promotes the survival of near-extinct foods), and a few Bourbon Red turkeys (named after neighboring Bourbon County, Ky.).
Some characteristics that distinguish these very rare heritage turkeys from the standard, broad-breasted variety are slower growth, more proportionate breasts to legs and the ability to naturally breed. They are naturally smaller birds with a slimmer, longer shape (not round, like grocery-store varieties that are bred for fast growth). There is a better balance between the dark meat and white meat, which means roasting a bird to perfection is easier, and the meat has a richer flavor. The skin may also be a different color than the near-transparent white, as skin color is related to feather color, and heritage breeds are beautifully feathered in a variety of bronze, black, brown, gray, white and red colors.
As more is known about vanishing breeds of heritage livestock, efforts are underway to promote awareness and prevent the extinction of animals like Bourbon Red, Slate and Narragansett turkeys. The addition of heritage turkeys to Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste promoted the idea that developing a culinary market for these traditional turkeys is necessary to protecting the species’ biodiversity. If farmers are supported in maintaining breeding birds, the population of these breeds will be promoted to lesser degrees of endangerment. Learn more about heritage turkeys and the efforts being taken to raise public awareness about through The Livestock Conservancy.
ABOUT STANDARD BROAD-BREASTED TURKEYS
Broad-Breasted Bronze turkeys are similar in size and shape to a supermarket-purchased turkey, but the similarities end right there! Elmwood turkeys are raised outdoors in our pastured system that provides a diet enriched by grasses, fresh air, adequate exercise, and sunlight. Our bronze feathered turkeys free-range on fresh green grass or clover pastures supplemented with wholesome organic non-GMO grains, resulting in moist, flavorful turkey.
2017 SHIPPING AND PICKUP
Pre-order your turkey from us at a farmers market, or online using the contact form at the bottom of this page for local pickup or shipping. Be sure to review available sizes and prices. To pre-order your turkey, please know what type of bird you want (heritage or standard), what size, and where you’d like to pick it up or have it shipped. If you want a turkey for Christmas or New Year celebrations instead of Thanksgiving, please pre-order now so we will be sure to have one for you!
Turkeys can be picked up at the downtown Lexington Farmers Market the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving, Nov. 18th.
You can make arrangements with us to pick up your turkey at the farm (just east of Georgetown) prior to Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 17th or Monday, Nov. 20th.
You can meet our truck in St. Matthews on the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving, Nov. 16th. We’ll share exact details directly when you order.
Shipping is available within the Continental US for an additional fee for insulated packaging and UPS 2- Day Air. Shipping charges vary depending on your location and the size/weight of your turkey. Click here to visit Local Harvest for shipping quotes and to place an order for our turkey to be shipped to you. Be sure to let us know what type (heritage or standard) and size you would like, as well as your full shipping address.
All of our turkeys are processed under USDA organic inspection and are freshly frozen for food-safety purposes.