Free-range Thanksgiving Turkeys

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DAVID CAVAGNARO
The Sand Hill Preservation Center in Calamus, Iowa, focuses on the preservation of heritage poultry breeds, including this Bourbon Red turkey.

If you’re looking for a delicious, sustainably raised turkey this
Thanksgiving, your best bet is to purchase one from a local farm.
You can enter your location at
Local Harvest or
EatWild to
find organic, free-range and grass-fed turkey producers near you.
Your local food co-op, farmer’s market or natural grocery store may
also sell sustainably raised turkeys.

In addition to making sure you find a healthy bird that has had
access to fresh pasture, you stand a better chance of finding rare
heritage breeds by buying locally raised, grass-fed meat. Read more
about heritage turkey breeds and other pastured poultry in the
Mother Earth News Archive or at
The Chicken and Egg
Page
.

And check out the United States Department of Agriculture’s

‘Let’s Talk Turkey’ Web site
for detailed information on how to
roast fresh and frozen turkeys safely.