Frank Reese was the first farmer to work with Heritage Foods. He raises all the poultry that we sell including numerous breeds of heritage turkey, heritage chicken, heritage duck and heritage goose. For more information on the individual breeds please visit our breed page.
History of the Heritage Turkey
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Master Poultry Farmer Frank Reese’s turkey flock arriving to Kansas (and 173 years of the genetics), a milestone for American farming, and one more great reason to celebrate Thanksgiving with a Heritage turkey.
Fans of Frank’s Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch turkeys include Alice Waters, who says “These birds are without a doubt the tastiest birds you can possibly serve,” and Mario Batali who proudly claims “I’ve served these birds for my Thanksgiving every year for the past 12 years and always will.”
Frank has become an icon of American farming, and has been featured in publications ranging from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to National Geographic and Time magazine. His story is a Rosetta Stone of the sustainable agricultural movement and the reason why the word “heritage” is synonymous with the word “heirloom.”
Frank’s birds are 100 percent antibiotic-free and free-range from the parent stock to the hatching to the harvest. They are not only a model of responsible farming, but also delicious – they bring a character of flavor and juiciness that cannot be matched. They also come with a sweeping history that is as epic as any American Tradition.