The Fate of American Poultry

The Fate of American Poultry

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...
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The Values Guiding Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

The Values Guiding Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

We applaud Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch’s Frank Reese Ranch for putting into words the values that inspire him to continue to preserve endangered poultry breeds poultry.  Here are the values that guide his practice. Preservation and Education – We preserve important breeds of livestock by fighting for their place on our dinner tables. Health and Safety — Our modern industrial poultry breeds have been hybridized in ways which cause them to develop physical deformities and serious immune deficie...
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A Brief History of Heritage Turkeys

A Brief History of Heritage Turkeys

The turkey existed both wild and domesticated in America at the time of its discovery in 1492. Many excavations in the Tennessee Valley contained turkey bones.  The evidence is clear that wild turkeys served as a source of food for Native Americans as early as 1000 A.D.  Turkeys were first brought to Spain from America in 1498. From Spain the turkeys spread over Europe, being introduced in to England between 1524 and 1541. The first domesticated turkeys to be grown in the United States came n...
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How to Spatchcock a Turkey

How to Spatchcock a Turkey

Spatchcocking a turkey is easy and takes less time to cook! We also love this method because it helps the whole turkey cook evenly, and leaves you with lots of crispy skin since the whole outer surface of the turkey is exposed to the oven! Tools you will need:Sharp, heavy duty kitchen shearsCutting Board Instructions:1. Pat your turkey dry before you begin. Place the turkey breast side down on your cutting board with the tail end of the turkey closer to you.2. Cut along both sides of the bac...
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The 2018 Poults are Hatching!

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 The post The 2018 Poults are Hatching! appeared first on HERITAGE FOODS USA.
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Let the Turkey do the Talking, and Other Lessons from the Heritage Holiday Table

The story of how your holiday dinner got from the farm to your plate is one of the best you will ever tell. And the truly fantastic part is, it’s all true. When it comes to Heritage breeds — of pork, of lamb, of beef, you name it — each meal is only the last […] The post Let the Turkey do the Talking, and Other Lessons from the Heritage Holiday Table appeared first on HERITAGE FOODS USA.
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Jive Talkin’ Turkey , Part II

We were having so much fun talking about “turkeys of the 1970s” – a time when real Heritage turkeys were having a tough time fighting against the influx of industrial farming and a trend towards growing everything cheaper and faster, no matter what the ultimate cost — that we thought we’d go back and look […] The post Jive Talkin’ Turkey , Part II appeared first on HERITAGE FOODS USA.
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Jive Turkeys, Part 1

Oh, those wacky 1970s, when it seemed that just everyone was wearing white bellbottoms and dancing to the Hustle. That may have worked if you were eighteen-years-old and could get around on platform shoes, but when it was your uncle Murray trying to act hip, pretending to be younger than he was (by a lot!), […] The post Jive Turkeys, Part 1 appeared first on HERITAGE FOODS USA.
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FRANK REESE, AMERICAN HERO

A turkey is no better than the farmer behind it. Long-time Heritage 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 post FRANK REESE, AMERICAN HERO appeared first on HERITAGE FOODS USA.
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Heritage Turkey Premiere: An Interview with Frank Reese

  “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 […] The post Heritage Turkey Premiere: An Interview with Frank Reese appeared first on HERITAGE FOODS USA.
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Let the Hatching Begin!

It is the time of year again when new life begins on the farm! (click on the image below to start the video) These are the breeders that will continue on the purebred heritage lineages at Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch in Lindsborg, Kansas. Every November since our first year we have had the great honor […] The post Let the Hatching Begin! appeared first on HERITAGE FOODS USA.
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The Perfect Roast for You and Yours

This Holiday Season, Go Big with a Classic Heritage Centerpiece! The biggest occasions deserve the best meats in America. Like all of our meats, our centerpieces are raised humanely, on pasture without antibiotics or hormones, and produce the best natural flavor and texture you have ever experienced. These are not your grandma’s pot roast — […] The post The Perfect Roast for You and Yours appeared first on HERITAGE FOODS USA.
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