Genuine Faux Farm







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

Turkeys at the Genuine Faux Farm are pasture raised during the day and they roost in the "Poultry Pavilion" at night. Birds are given a base diet mixed by a local producer (Frantzen Farms) who has organic certification. 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 Decorah Chick Hatchery.

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.

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.

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.

small turkeys

The following historical data is kept here because we feel like leaving it here! So there!

2011 Production Season

Interested in a Turkey in 2011? Email us to reserve a turkey.

Anticipated: 40 (0 reserved)

Processing Period: early November

Price: $3.75/#

Range of Bird Sizes: 14-24 lbs

Processor: Martzahn Farms in Greene (USDA inspected)

Why include a history? By including the history below, you can see what we've had for bird sizes and costs in the past. This may help you to plan.

2010 Production Season

Available: 30 (SOLD OUT)

Processing Period: early November

Price: $3.75/# Avg Cost:

Range of Bird Sizes: 13-24 lbs

Processor: Martzahn Farms in Greene (USDA inspected)


2009 Production Season

Available: 35 (SOLD OUT)

Processing Period: early November

Price: $3.75/# Avg Cost: $67.16

Range of Bird Sizes: 12-26 #Avg: 17.91#

Processor: Martzahn Farms in Greene (USDA inspected)


2008 Production Season

Available: 33 (SOLD OUT)

Processing Period: November 3

Price: $3.75/# Avg Cost: $47.40

Range of Bird Sizes: 8.5 - 15.5# Avg: 12.64#

Processor: Martzahn Farms in Greene (USDA inspected)

2007 Production Season

Available: 32 (SOLD OUT)

Price: $3.00/lb Avg Cost $55.44

Range of Bird Sizes: 14 to 24 lbs Avg18.48#

Processor: Martzahn Farms in Greene, (USDA inspected)

2006 Production Season

Available: 20 (SOLD OUT)

Price: $2.75/lb

Range of Bird Sizes: 9 to 14 lbs

Processor: Martzahn Farms in Greene (USDA inspected)



3/29/14 updated

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