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Resource for Locating Heritage Turkey Breeders

By Caleb Regan, Managing Editor


Tags: Thanksgiving, Slow Food, Local Food, Heritage Breeds, Livestock,

A photo of the author, Caleb ReganGetting ready for Thanksgiving, I was thinking the other day about locating heritage turkey breeders in my area to source a high-quality bird for the family dinner table.

Corresponding with Slow Food USA via Twitter and email, those folks made me privy to an exciting new technology not all that unlike the heritage breed locator on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy’s website that I used a couple weeks back to find a replacement Hamburg hen for the backyard.

Slow Food USA has put together the Slow Food Thanksgiving Guide, complete with a heritage breed locator, 72 recipes in various courses that you should feel good about feeding your family, and general tips and tricks to having a “Slow Food Thanksgiving”.

Midget White Tom 

Looking for farms that fit the Slow Food mission with dedication to raising appropriate breeds of animals the right way, Slow Food USA turned to the ALBC, Heritage Turkey Foundation and Local Harvest, among other organizations, to come up with a list of farms that ship nationally and do things the right way.

Visit a farmers’ market, source a turkey, check out the Slow Food USA Thanksgiving Guide, and cook a meal that would make small farmers everywhere proud. Also, take a moment to check out these websites and resources, and direct your attention and respect to these organizations fighting the good fight.

As for myself, I’ll have the privilege of slaughtering my own heritage bird Saturday for next Thursday’s feast. There is much to be thankful for this holiday season.

Follow Caleb on Twitter at @calebdregan. 

Midget White tom image: courtesy American Livestock Breeds Conservancy


Caleb Regan and his wife, Gwen, live in rural Douglas County, Kansas, where they enjoy hunting, fishing, and raising and growing as much of their own food as they can. Caleb can’t imagine a better scenario than getting to work on a rural lifestyle magazine as a profession, and then living that same lifestyle right in the heartland of America. Connect with him on .

chuck mallory
11/22/2011 9:52:06 PM

My brother used to hunt for turkeys with bow & arrow because he thought a gun was unfair. Interesting! I wish more people would pay attention to where their turkey comes from than just buying whatever is on sale at the supermarket. And honestly, a wild turkey does truly taste better than any cage-bred thing from the store...