Earlier this year, food professionals, chefs, food writers and food connoisseurs gathered to participate in a blind taste test of eight heritage breeds and one commercial brand.
Each turkey was cut into bite-sized pieces and placed in covered dishes at numbered stations; scorecards and numbered toothpicks were provided.¬†Taste-testers were then asked to vote for their favorite turkey.
To see which turkeys were most popular, check out the¬†report on page¬†13¬†in the Nov./Dec. 2008 issue of Hobby Farms.
For a list of heritage-turkey producers in the United States, check out the list provided by Ayrshire Farm.
We wanted to see if a¬†few of the online local food directories could help us locate a farm-raised turkey, preferably heritage turkey, for our¬†holiday meals.
We searched for farms or farmers markets that offered turkeys for sale in the Central Kentucky area. Here’s what we found:
- Using the Farm Locator at the NewFarm website¬†we found two 1) Willow Hills Natural Foods & Crafts¬†offers a page where we could order our turkey and 2) Misty Meadows Farm, which also is¬†listed on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Proud website; see if your state offers this service.
- The Heritage Foods USA website¬†offers a great place to locate heritage turkeys. The site also includes testimonials from previous customers
- Using the database on the Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources, we found a link to Elmwood Stock Farm¬†
- Even the government can connect you. If you’re looking for a farmer’s market, where you can browse for a turkey and other dinner fixings, try the Agricultural Marketing Service.¬†
This database also allows you to select those markets that may accept payment via WIC and SFMNP (Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program) Vouchers.
- And last by certainly not least, LocalHarvest¬†offered up a list of 14 farms in Kentucky¬†listing turkeys for sale.
With all those results, we feel pretty good about our chances of serving a locally raised turkey for our holiday meal.