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 chickens that we are proud to feature for sale on our website!
In other news, the 2020 Thanksgiving flock of Heritage Turkeys are growing at a quick clip. A group of four farms in Kansas and Missouri are raising Frank’s birds this year meaning that for 100% Standardbred turkeys this will be a bumper crop. Frank, now in his 70s, is the last remaining breeder of certified Standardbred poultry for commercial food production in the United States.
Later in the year look for more varieties of chicken, as well as partridge, duck, and goose. And be sure to follow news regarding Frank’s Good Shepherd Conservancy, a library, movie theater, kitchen, gathering place, agri-tourismo spot, and most importantly a research barn where the general public can visit with the rarest poultry varieties in the world.
We are so honored to have a 20 plus year relationship with Frank and his birds. He has taught us that the need for healthy livestock is an important issue of our times. And through his active and vibrant farm he creates a solution to a problem the The Livestock Conservancy explains, namely that heritage breeds must be saved and not go extinct: “Heritage breed farm animals and the genetics they possess are not only living time capsules from our past; they represent the key to our future as we are forced to adapt to a world that is changing at a rate not seen in previous generations.”
Don't forget that 2020 Thanksgiving Turkeys will be available for pre-order on our site in August, so be sure to mark your calendars and join our mailing list for announcements!