We are sorry to say there are fewer delicious Bourbon Red heritage turkeys for sale this year. Long-time customers know some sizes sell out early in an ordinary year so we hope you order your holiday bird early.
This has been an unsettling year for poultry farmers. A highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was identified in several large confinement facilities last spring. Extension updates reported almost total mortality in turkeys. If one bird in a large flock died of the flu, all the birds were destroyed. USDA crews arrived to kill the birds and the carcasses were left on the farm causing further problems.
We raise Bourbon Reds, a slow growing heritage bird requiring significant investment of time and resources. We had to decide in April how much risk to take. So we are raising fewer birds this year.
In Chicago there will be one Bourbon Red turkey pickup at the House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells St. on Nov 21, from 1 to 5 pm. This is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. There will also be a pickup on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Rustic Road Farm near Geneva from 10 am to 2 pm.
Caveny Farm raises poultry and lamb on pasture. Heritage breeds are our mainstay. Our birds are raised in pastures that grow grasses, clovers and amaranth. All of our poultry are fed custom formulated feed to compliment the nutrients found in our pastures.
Not too long ago most farms were "diversified" meaning the farm family raised more than one or two products for sale. In addition to the main farm activity such as dairy, the farm produced products such as eggs, pork, beef and perhaps fruits and vegetables. The farm family used these products themselves and sold surplus to friends, relatives and neighbors.
There are not many of these farms left today. But new types of diversified family farms are sprouting. Many of these farms raise wholesome products for direct sale to non-farm families who value locally grown fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and eggs.
We are proud to be part of the Slow Food movement which believes pleasure and quality in everyday life can be achieved by slowing down and celebrating the diversity of the earth's bounty. We belong to the Slow Food Champaign-Urbana Convivium which can be followed through Facebook. Join in the Slow Life. Know where your food comes from. Know your farmer!
Preorder Caveny Farm Bourbon Red turkeys for pickup before Thanksgiving or Christmas. All turkeys are pre-sold. No additional birds are available at pickup. Processing is done at an inspected plant in an Amish community. All turkeys are processed shortly before pickup and delivered flash-frozen for peak flavor.
The facility processing our turkeys (and much of the turkeys raised by small Illinois farmers) will not clean gizzards. This is good news for those not using the extra bits stuck in the bird as they no longer pay for them. It is bad news for giblet gravy lovers but outside our control.
Caveny Farm delivers to select local & Chicago farmer’s markets for pickup for the holidays. Or choose on-farm pickup and get a $12 credit per bird! Order your Heritage turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas now before some sizes sell out!