Gobble, Gobble, Gobble: Thanksgiving Turkeys
It’s that time of year again – time to make the tough choice between a Broad Breasted White and a heritage Bourbon Red turkey. Decisions, Decisions! Luckily, since you’re buying your turkey from Stone Barns, whichever bird you choose, you know it’s being raised the way a turkey should be.
Watch our Bourbon Reds on their day-ranging journey from barnyard to pasture, here (Photos by Josh Gerritsen):
2013 TURKEY RESERVATIONS
2013 THANKSGIVING TURKEYS ARE SOLD OUT!
Thank you everyone who reserved a bird this year. We'll see you on Turkey pick-up day!
Early Bird Special: Gardener Level ($250) Member and above Presale
Beginning Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 9 AM
Members at the Gardener level and above can order turkeys before they go on sale to the general public. Since our turkeys sell out very fast each year, this is a great membership perk!
Become a Gardener level member and get access to this year's turkey presale (along with other year-round perks!). Click here to join today or call 914.366.6200 x140 to upgrade your current membership.
Broad Breasted White: $5.00/lb.
Bourbon Red: $8.75/lb.
Bourbon Reds cost more per pound because they grow more slowly, requiring more time, effort and feed to raise.
About the turkeys raised at Stone Barns
BROAD BREASTED WHITE TURKEYS
- Known for their larger size and greater breast width, this fast-growing hybrid is the dominant bird on the market and the turkey with which most Americans are familiar. (Over 99% of the turkeys consumed in the United States are Broad Breasted Whites.)
- Stone Barns Broad Breasted White turkeys are not the same as those raised on factory farms and destined for the supermarket. Here they roam the pastures and eat a diverse diet of fresh grass, grains, seeds, insects and worms.
- Harvested at about 16 weeks of age, Broad Breasted Whites typically weigh 14 to 24 pounds.
BOURBON RED TURKEYS
- Bourbon Red Turkeys are a heritage breed, the livestock equivalent of an “heirloom” vegetable. An historic breed left behind by modern agriculture, they are prized for their rich flavor and beautiful plumage.
- Bourbon Reds are listed on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Watch List, meaning there are ten or fewer primary breeding flocks and an estimated U.S. population of fewer than 5,000 birds (as opposed to more than 5 million Broad Breasted Whites).
- Since domesticated livestock breeds don’t exist in the wild, they will become extinct unless consumers eat them, thereby increasing the demand for farmers to raise them.
- Bourbon Reds cost more per pound because they grow more slowly, ultimately requiring more time, effort and feed.
- Harvested at around 26 weeks of age, Bourbon Reds typically weigh 8 to 16 pounds.