With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many people are thinking about what kind of turkey that they want to have on their dinner table. Most individuals will probably purchase his or her turkey from the local grocery store, but what if you are someone who is into eating all foods that are organic? Where could you go to find a turkey that has been raised cage free, has been allowed to eat grass and bugs with only an all natural or organic feed used as a supplement, and has not been administered any hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, or other unnatural additives? In this article, information about five organic and natural turkey farms in or near the Roanoke, Virginia area will be provided.
This organic turkey farm’s mailing address is P.O. Box 599, Upperville, VA 20185, and the staff can be reached at [email protected] While this farm is a little bit of a distance from Roanoke (approximately 197 miles away), it offers heritage turkeys that are certified organic, certified humanely raised and handled, and have been allowed to free range. These turkeys are not given hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, or artificial fertilizers. They are allowed full access to the outdoors, and are given 100% certified organic feeds that contain no animal by-products.
The availability of getting a turkey for Thanksgiving from this farm is on a first-ordered, first-choice basis. In order to purchase a turkey, you need to fill out an order form that can be found at http://www.ayrshirefarm.com/eatorganic.php and pay a $50 non-refundable deposit. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and personal checks are accepted.
The turkeys range in weight from 7 lbs. to 20 lbs., and they are priced at $95 for under 10 lbs.to $225 for 20+ lbs. You can pick up your turkey order on November 23, 24, or 25 from 10am-5pm at The Home Farm Store which is located at 1 East Washington Street in Middleburg, VA. You can also order your Ayrshire Farm turkey from http://www.localharvest.org/fresh-organic-heritage-breed-turkeys-C11276 and have it shipped to you.
Back To Earth Farm
Approximately 29 miles from Roanoke, this turkey farm is located at 4510 Castile Road, Covington, VA 24426. The turkeys that live on this farm are fed 100% vegetarian feed and are allowed to live cage free and feed upon the grass of the pasture. They are not given any hormones or antibiotics.
To find out more about the availability and cost of purchasing one of Back To Earth’s turkeys, call Claudine Dunning at 540-968-1644. You will be glad that you did.
This small farm is located on the James River in Natural Bridge, Virginia and is approximately 29 miles from Roanoke. The physical and mailing address is 631 James River Road, Natural Bridge, VA 24579.
The turkeys that occupy this farm are not administered any antibiotics or added hormones, are grass fed and given a 100% vegetarian feed supplement, are pasture raised, and are allowed to live cage free. If you would be interested in purchasing a turkey from this farm, call Dick Pickle at 540-460-7085.
Tender Grass Farm
Approximately 23 miles south of Roanoke, this family farm is located at 605 Parkview Drive, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. To view pictures of the farm and the animals, you can visit http://www.tendergrassfarm.com.
The turkeys that reside on this farm are pasture raised, free to roam, antibiotic free, hormone free, and biodynamic. All of the animals that live on the farm are constantly moved to fresh pasture and live a peaceful life.
Tender Grass has a farm store that is open Monday through Saturday from 12pm-6pm or by appointment. It is closed on Sunday.
If you would like to order a turkey from Tender Grass, contact Brian Bowen at 540-334-5804, or you can e-mail him at [email protected] Give him a call now to purchase your Thanksgiving turkey.
Approximately 25 miles from Roanoke, this family owned and operated farm is located at 963 Eanes Road NE, Check, VA 24072. Cedric and Sarah Shannon, the farm’s owners, are known for their humane treatment and high standards of care for the animals that live on the farm.
All of the resident turkeys of Weathertop Farm are pasture raised, cage free, and grass fed with 100% vegetarian feed used as a supplement. They are not given any added hormones or antibiotics. Their feed is obtained from a local mill that uses mostly grains from local producers. If you would like to see pictures of the turkeys and their environment, you can view these at the Weathertop website.
These well-loved turkeys are available in October and November for sale. October turkeys range in weight from 8-12 lbs. while the November turkeys are from 15-20 lbs. Each turkey is priced at $2.80 a pound.
If you are interested in ordering a turkey from the Shannon family, you can call Cedric at 540-651-2010. You can also e-mail him at [email protected]
This year, when you are thinking about from where to purchase your Thanksgiving turkey, keep the organic turkey farmers in mind and order your bird from them. You and your family will be pleased that you did.