In the early 1800s millions of Bison roamed the plains of the United States. Less than 100 years later their numbers had been reduced to a mere 541 animals. While early conservation efforts helped raise this figure modestly, it was only when American farmers began raising Bison for their meat that their population grew into the hundreds of thousands.
Much like the early Bison, the millions of healthy Standardbred chickens and turkeys which used to occupy the American landscape are now on th...
Heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving 2020 are available for preorder here! Supplies are limited, so order early to guarantee your bird.
Frank Reese, now in his 70s, is the last remaining breeder of certified Standardbred poultry in the United States. Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch turkeys can trace their genetics 180 years and are the oldest line of turkey in America. Fans of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch turkeys include Alice Waters, who says, "Amazing! I have always focused on sustainability and...
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...
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...
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...
Every year we are proud as pie when the reviews from our customers come pouring in! It’s not just professional chefs and restaurants who are celebrating the flavor of our Heritage Turkey’s from the Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch, it is Mr. and Mrs. America, regular folks of every stripe who enjoy eating the very best turkeys in the world.
The APA is America’s oldest agricultural association and the keeper of the standards for poultry breed identification. Certification by the APA is the only label that matters when it comes to truly “heritage” poultry. Frank Reese is the first sustainable commercial farmer to receive certification by the APA for his birds as purebreds, and is currently the only farmer selling APA turkeys under USDA certification.
Frank’s birds are descendants of the famous Bird Brothers’ Hatchery from 1916, or...
Farmer Frank Reese is busy at Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch hatching the first poults of the 2018 heritage turkey season. See below for scenes from the farm! HERITAGE TURKEYS AVAILABLE NOW 8-10lb…………..$79 10-12lb………….$99 12-14lb…………..$119 14-16lb…………..$139 16-18lb…………..$159 18-20lb…………..$179 20-22lb…………..$199
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“I have baby turkeys everywhere!” It’s that time of year, summer in Kansas, and the heat is rising. “Turkeys have to be hatched before June to be ready for Thanksgiving,” says Frank Reese. “But these birds do real well in the heat – they aren’t morbidly obese, so they can handle it. And unlike […]
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Frank Reese live on Heritage Radio Network! This week on No Chefs Allowed, Heritage turkey hero Frank Reese talks with hosts, Megan and Tricia as they begin planning for Thanksgiving. Frank, a fourth-generation turkey farmer, is the ambassador for the turkeys that used to feed America. Frank talks to No Chefs Allowed about today’s industrialized […]
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It’s Heritage Turkey Time! Over the past decade, Heritage Foods USA has been a leader in the food revolution in the United States. Selling Heritage Breed Turkeys is just one aspect of our work in supporting American agriculture in the form of traditional family farms, and careful stewardship of our national resources. Nothing exemplifies the […]
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Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch is widely regarded as the premium provider of heritage turkeys, and Heritage Foods USA relies on the genetic integrity of Frank Reese’s birds each and every holiday season. But did you know that the Reeses also produce genetically pure, delicious chickens year-round? These heritage breed Jersey Giant and Barred Rock chickens […]
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