Where do you get your heritage birds?
Marczyk Fine Foods gets heritage birds from Dallas Gilbert in Bennett, CO, about an hour east of Denver. Dallas raises Blue Slates, a turkey that was almost extinct 10 years ago. They live in giant pens out on the plains, with open air canvas tents to keep them out of the rain. They are fed an all vegetarian diet. They are about 6 months when they are processed. Marczyk Fine Foods is the only Colorado retail outlet for these birds.
Do I need to cook the Heritage turkeys differently?
Yes. Heritage turkeys are leaner and smaller than broad-breasted whites.Find a recipe for Willie Birds and heritage birds here.
Are turkeys all that Dallas raises?
No, he brings us heritage chickens now, and will provide us with Christmas geese. Dallas runs a co-op, and supplies Colorado individuals and chefs with duck, goose, duck eggs, chicken and turkey sausages, livers, and other poultry products.
And here’s a crazy thing: Dallas uses donkeys to guard the turkeys from coyotes! Here they are:
For more images of the farm go to our photo fun page.
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