* Heritage Meat Breeds
* Exceptional Flavor
* Pasture Raised and Allowed to Fly and Roost
* Kind Birds that Raise Their Own Young
For over 45 years, the Moore Natural Ranch family have supported junior livestock in both 4-H and FFA. Purchasing from the auction was a tradition and we thought that we knew the taste of a good turkey. Even 4-H birds are commercial varieties which have large breast meat and can weigh as much as 40lbs in as little as 14 weeks. This is the turkey of our time, but not the turkey of 50 years ago. The modern commercial turkey is a product of commercial demand. The birds cannot breed on their own and must depend on artificial insemenation and incubator hatcheries. They are generally raised in large warehouse buildings with little space to roam. Their lifespan is short, lasting under 9 months with many fatalities due to stroke, cancer, kidney failure and heart disease.
Heritage turkeys are unique in their structure and their lives. Both the Bourbon Red and the Narragansett are very old heritage breeds and are on the Livestock Conservancy's "WATCH" List. These amazing birds are beautiful, breed naturally, brood their own clutches of eggs and are careful mothers that cherish and protect their young. They are excellent foragers and are extremely gentle and kind. They are an important part in sustainable farming practices and species preservation. They live long, productive, healthy lives lasting anywhere from 5-12 years depending on the breed and gender. They can fly and roost and live with their all of their instincts to the fullest. Our turkeys eat a natural diet filled with grasses, fresh fruit, melons, greens and barley. They are much slower to mature, taking nearly 7 months, but will bring a delight to your table without being injected, brined, deep fried or full of salted nitrate solutions.
The day we tasted the Bourbon Red for Thanksgiving, we were amazed by the delicious full flavor, the tender texture and the moistness of the breast meat. In taste test after taste test, the Heritage Birds easily win in all categories over conventional birds found in the supermarket. The Bourbon Red in particular is often chosen as the best tasting bird in numerous cook-offs.
All of our birds are processed under USDA guidelines and come complete with cooking instructions and a fresh Placer-grown herb packet. Availability is extremely limited each year.
MEAT AVAILABILITY: We have a very small number of turkeys this year. If interested, please visit our Shop.