2020 News and Updates from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

2020 News and Updates from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

We are very excited to share with you news of the imminent groundbreaking at the Good Shepherd Conservation Center, in Lindsborg Kansas, located near Frank Reese’s Good Shepherd Ranch. We aim to create a revolutionary first-of-its-kind structure, one of the most important agricultural sites in the country, and one which we hope you will help us build! The center will include: An Exhibition Barn which brings to life the American farm experience. The barn will hold a myriad of endangered breeds...
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Update on Heritage Chickens and Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch!

Update on Heritage Chickens and Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch!

Frank Reese raised a flock of Delaware Chickens especially for the weekend of May 15-17th 2020 when Slow Food was to host a regional gathering of producers, chefs, students and eaters in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. The weekend was to be packed with exciting events, many of them featuring Frank’s historic breeds of chicken, but unfortunately the event had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The silver lining is that we ended up with an unexpected delivery of chick...
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What Separates Heritage Chickens From the Rest of the Pack?

What Separates Heritage Chickens From the Rest of the Pack?

What really separates Heritage Breeds of chicken from the rest of the pack, and why is it so important to help preserve breed diversity? What is most remarkable about the chicken is that every one of the approximately 12 billion that populate the planet earth are all descended from the Red junglefowl (gallus gallus) of southern Asia. Of course, counting how many chickens exist is no easy task considering that chicken just surpassed beef as the most eaten meat in the United States. Chickens al...
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Natalie Portman speaks about Eating Animals on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Natalie Portman speaks about Eating Animals on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

If you're interested in what makes our Heritage turkeys so special, you should watch Natalie Portman on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert promoting the documentary “Eating Animals” featuring our poultry farmer Frank Reese Jr.  The movie unveils the horrifying truth behind factory farming and the food system that many are so disconnected from and focuses on sustainable and ethical meat choices. But instead of stopping meat consumption totally, the movie features farmers who are raising anima...
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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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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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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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