Genuine Faux Farm







Muck and Myra (two turkeys on a gate) at the farm by R Faux

We are planning on raising turkeys again in 2017. Turklets arrive around June 12 and they will take their trip to the park on October 25. The Great Turkey pickup occurs on October 26 (subject to change). If you are unable to pick up on that date, we can have turkey frozen and we can arrange a different delivery time. We have been able to keep the cost around $3.75 per pound for the past several years, but it is often dependent on actual costs of processing and feed for the season.

Turkeys at the Genuine Faux Farm are pastured during the day and they roost in the "Poultry Pavilion" at night. Birds are given a base diet mixed by a local producer. Their diet is supplemented by foraging and organic produce that is no longer fit for sale or distribution. We do not hatch our own chicks, we are a 'finishing' operation only at this point. Chicks are purchased through the Hoover Hatchery in Rudd, Iowa.

Our birds participate regularly in what we have termed "turkey rugby" as they attempt to run from each other with the choicest morsels. Tomatoes are their favorite, with cucumbers and melons coming in a close second. In fact, we've noticed that they can adapt to new favorites depending on what we have to give them. If you are interested in how the turkeys feel about their food, please read Ima Turkey's review in our August 2007 newsletter. Ima Turkey also seems to have been involved in some on-farm research that we weren't privy to. If this interests you, please check this 2013 blog entry. And if you are wondering about the overall world perspective of a turkey, check out the World According to Jake. And, if you'd like to learn about some 'turkey terminology' that is covered in our post Time to Talk Turkey.

Our birds are of the Amercian Broad Breasted Bronze variety. If you would like to learn more about these "heirloom" birds, please visit this page at the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

Preparing For Eating

Turkeys raised at the farm are leaner than confinement raised birds. If you purchase a 15 pound turkey from us, you will typically find a higher ratio of the weight is useful meat. Our processed birds are not injected with a saline solution. Because they are leaner and do not have this brine included, we recommend that you cook your birds at a slightly lower temperature for a longer period of time to maintain a tender and moist texture.

If you are not used to the quality of these birds, you will be surprised by the improved taste. Often confinement birds have a noticable drop in quality for all but the breast of the bird. We do not notice this drop in quality with these birds. For those of you that think you do not like 'dark meat,' you obviously have not had a day ranged bird.

We have had people successfully prepare our turkeys with smokers, on grills, in deep fat fryers and any other way you might wish to prepare a turkey. Many people tried our birds expecting they wouldn't be able to tell a difference from the less expensive birds they can get form the grocery. Most of these folks come back asking for another bird year after year once the taste the difference.

Purchasing Turkeys:

Our birds are sold directly to the consumer and are first come, first served. If you wish to reserve a bird with us, please contact us via email or in writing. Do not asssume you have a reserved bird unless you receive a reply from us! We do not ask that you place a deposit with us to reserve the birds. But, we do ask that you work with us to take possession of the bird soon after processing. Payment is at point of delivery. Please honor your commitment with us so we can continue to take reservations without deposits.

We intend to do our best to provide a consistent price that allows us to earn some profit on our endeavors. However, we are of the belief that prices that fluctuate drastically in response to commodity crop prices (corn & soybeans) are not healthy for a local foods system. So, if commodity prices cause our cost of feed to go up, we usually decide to hold the line, figuring things will even out over time. Similary, we don't drastically reduce our prices if commodity crops (and hence our feed cost) goes down. The difficulty is in deciding what cost increases are permanent and which are transitory.

You may notice that in 2017, we have added a "Poultry Share" that includes the delivery of meat chickens (broilers) and a credit of $25 towards a turkey. If you want our best deal for poultry, you may find this new share option to be appropriate for you.

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2/25/17 updated

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