CSA – Livestock General Information
Heritage (Only Available at Thanksgiving)
- $9.99 per pound.
- Pick-up date is Monday, November 20, 2023
- Between 4pm – 6pm
Thanksgiving (Traditional White Turkey)
- $6.99 per pound.
- Pick-up date is Tuesday, November 21, 2023
- Between 4pm – 6pm
(We cannot guarantee an exact weight ahead of time we do our best to get close to your request.)
Charmingfare Farm’s turkeys are raised the old fashion way outdoors. Farm turkeys are very efficient converters of taking pastures and converting those grasses into meat. Turkeys can get up to 50% of their diet from being out on pasture eating fresh grass and bugs. In addition to having an amazing salad bar we provide free choice wholesome grain to complete the diet.
Turkeys purchased at a supermarket store are most likely injected with vegetable oil, water, salt, emulsifiers, sodium phosphate, and artificial flavorings. We guarantee our pasture raised farm turkeys have not been injected or basted with anything what so ever.
What is a Heritage Turkey?
Heritage turkeys are a type of turkey that is genetically similar to the wild turkeys that were prevalent in North America before the arrival of European settlers. They have more flavorful meat than commercially raised turkeys. Heritage turkeys are also known for their ability to forage for food and their hardiness in outdoor conditions. They do not grow as fast as Traditional (commercial white) Turkeys, therefore making them more expensive for the farm to raise.
Advance planning is needed when purchasing a pasture raised turkeys. Our turkey chicks arrive early spring and throughout the summer. Beforehand, we like to have an idea of how many we are going to raise for the three seasons. Most of the time we are sold out by the time Thanksgiving comes around.
Why are the Turkeys so Expensive?
Our birds can easily be four times higher in cost compared to the commercially raised birds you can buy at a supermarket. Raising turkeys the way we do compare to large factory farms is so much more costly. Please consider some of our points on what goes into raising a turkey on our farm.
- Poults (turkey chick) cost an average of $10 each.
- They are so fragile we expect we may lose up to 5%.
- Cost of running heat lamps to keep the poults warm. The first week they are kept at 95 degrees, decreasing by 5 degrees Fahrenheit each week until they are fully feathered out.
- Protecting the birds from predators while out on pasture is a constant issue. Coyotes are attempted to control with electric fencing. Air attacks from hawks and weasels sneaking in are a problem until the birds get bigger in size. We seem to always have a few losses.
- Grain expense for the turkey raised at the farm is approximate $45.
- A cost of $12 per bird is paid to have the birds processed.
- The next day we need to drive back to the processor to pick up the finished turkeys.
- Cost of labor for 5 or more months of providing care twice a day for the turkeys.
- All the other little expense that seems to get over looked, bedding, grit, fuel, transportation, etc.
Not complaining , simply trying to justify why pastured raised turkeys are so expensive. I am confident you will taste the difference and feel good knowing you are serving the best to your family!
Additional Shares: Vegetables | Beef | Pork | Lamb | Goat | Chicken | Farm Fresh Eggs