A Closer Look: The Heritage Turkey Project

A Closer Look: The Heritage Turkey Project

Heritage Foods is proud to process over 10,000 heritage breed pigs a year, hundreds of lamb and goat, and even a few whole head of beef — all nose to tail, ensuring that every part of the animal is used. Through sales and commerce we are ensuring the preservation of rare breeds, farmland and independent farmers.  But year after year it is the Heritage Turkey Project that remains our most important intervention into the American food supply. For one, Frank Reese and his turkeys truly are one o...
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Frank Reese: Heritage Radio Hall of Fame

Frank Reese: Heritage Radio Hall of Fame

Nominated by The Main Course O.G., Frank is a living legend and the best advocate for Heritage Breed Poultry! Frank Reese of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch is considered the godfather of American poultry. He is a fourth generation poultry farmer from Lindsborg, Kansas. For nearly all his life, Frank has maintained a keen interest in American heritage turkeys. The New York Times’ Kim Severson writes of Frank: “Only someone with a trained eye can pick the best toms and hens to breed, and Mr. Rees...
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Top Five Tips for a Perfectly Browned Heritage Turkey

Top Five Tips for a Perfectly Browned Heritage Turkey

Cooking the perfect Heritage turkey is as easy as turning on your oven — our secret ingredient is the ingredient! All of our turkeys are pasture-raised, purebred, and perfectly delicious. All you need to add is a little bit of love. Here are five tips for cooking a bird that will have everyone asking for seconds (and sandwiches the next day)! 1. Remove the turkey from the packaging 24 hours before cooking, rinse, pat dry, and keep in the fridge to let the skin dry out to guarantee crispiness....
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Top Five Reasons to Serve A Heritage Turkey this Thanksgiving

Top Five Reasons to Serve A Heritage Turkey this Thanksgiving

Heritage birds are the true taste of America’s favorite holiday — with genetic lines that go back way before the advent of industrial farming, they deliver the full impact of purebred turkey, raised to impeccable standards. They are juicy and bold, and recall a time when traditional farming ruled our nation. They simply cannot be beat.The best reason to serve a heritage turkey at your Thanksgiving, of course, is because it tastes delicious! Once you have enjoyed a Heritage Turkey, it is impos...
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Our Top Five Cooking Tips for the Best Heritage Turkey

Our Top Five Cooking Tips for the Best Heritage Turkey

Some folks might be intimidated by cooking their first (or 15th!) Heritage Turkey. It can feel like a lot of pressure to get it right! You've already made the best choice by purchasing a heritage turkey, but we have some awesome tips to help make your Thanksgiving a total success! If you have any questions or need help, email us at info@HeritageFoodsUSA.com or give us a call at (718) 389-0985. We are here for you! Now, for our TOP 5 TIPS! For the crispiest skin, you want it to be as dry as p...
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Frank Reese, American Hero

Frank Reese, American Hero

A turkey is no better than the farmer behind it. Long-time Heritage turkey customers know that we got our start selling Frank’s turkeys, raised traditionally and responsibly on his Good Shepherd Farm and our relationship with him remains the cornerstone of our business. Frank is a true hero of the Heritage food movement — he is the first and only sustainable commercial farmer to receive certification by the American Poultry Association for his birds as purebreds, standards that were set in 1...
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Heritage Foods at the 2019 NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference

Heritage Foods at the 2019 NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference

Last week Emily and Patrick traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina for the NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference, whose mission is to bring together every part of the meat supply chain. For two days farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convened for lectures, networking, hands-on training, and... a LIVE recording of Heritage Radio Network's The Main Course OG. Patrick and Emily sat down for a fast-paced discussion with five North Carolina Meat Makers including: Donna Moore, CEO Piedmont...
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What is a Heritage Turkey?

What is a Heritage Turkey?

In 2014, Our very own Frank Reese was profiled in Modern Midwest as a farmer who “wants to change the way you think about your Thanksgiving Meal Centerpiece.” We still love this informative list that explains what you might be wondering....WHAT IS A HERITAGE TURKEY?• Long life outdoors: Heritage turkeys should be active and healthy: running, jumping, flying and exploring, all in the great outdoors. Farm factory raised birds are confined to buildings, and are too overweight to fly.• Naturally ...
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Spotlight on: Live Fire Event at Farmstead

Spotlight on: Live Fire Event at Farmstead

Above Photo: Top row: Kipp Ramsey, Adam Yoder, Gene Hall, Stephen Barber Bottom row: Lou Fantasma, Howard Hanna, Taylor Boetticher, Alice Waters, Bala Kironde This past weekend Team Heritage traveled to Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, CA, for a special Live Fire dinner event where we presented the first ever "Heritage Awards,” recognizing outstanding achievements in the conservation and preservation of heritage breeds in both gastronomy and agriculture. It was a magical eveni...
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Preorder Your 2019 Thanksgiving Turkey raised by Frank Reese at Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

Preorder Your 2019 Thanksgiving Turkey raised by Frank Reese at Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

It is that time of year again! Our heritage turkeys from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch raised by farmer Frank Reese are on the site for preorder for Thanksgiving. All of our turkeys ship out fresh for delivery on Tuesday, November 26th.Good Shepherd turkeys are the oldest line of turkey in America, 100% antibiotic free, and 100% pasture-raised on the Kansas prairie. This is by far the juiciest, most flavorful bird on the market today.“A turkey is no better than the farmer behind it. And the gen...
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Spotlight on: Chef Evan Tessler, Manhatta

Spotlight on: Chef Evan Tessler, Manhatta

Favorite Cuts: Country Ribs, Bone-in Pork Loin, Pork BellyEvan Tessler is a longtime friend of Heritage Foods and a Sous Chef at Manhatta, the newest addition to Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) perched sixty stories above Lower Manhattan at 28 Liberty Street. Also an alum of USHG's Untitled at The Whitney and Gramercy Tavern, last week we attended Evan's "Tavern Takeover" in celebration of Gramercy Tavern's 25th anniversary. Evan's one-night-only menu featured the Heritag...
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Spotlight on: Edwards Virginia Smokehouse & Spain’s Best Cured Meats at Huertas

Spotlight on: Edwards Virginia Smokehouse & Spain’s Best Cured Meats at Huertas

There may be no two regions in the world that appreciate the glory of cured pork more than Spain and the American South. Join us on Wednesday, October 2nd when we bring together Sam Edwards (Edwards Virginia Smokehouse) and a few of NYC’s best chefs: Jonah Miller (Huertas), Chris McDade (Popina), and Joe Tarasco (Union Square Hospitality Group) who will serve an array of tapas highlighting Edwards’ legendary hams, bacon, and sausage along with a handful of their Spanish counterparts.Reserve ...
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