We believe in rotational grazing for happy animals, healthy soil and high quality meat. Rotational grazing means that the animals are frequently moved to fresh space so that the preceding ground may recover. This method, however, doesn’t sacrifice taste or tenderness. Our animals are extremely happy, healthy and flavorful! Turkeys are a whole, fresh bird ready in mid October.
What is a CSA?
By becoming a shareholder at Little Ridge Farm, you have the opportunity to build a relationship between your food, the land it was grown on and the people who grew it. This marketing method is called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Community Supported Agriculture translated means “food with a farmer’s face on it”. The concept began in Japan in the 1960’s and has since spread through Europe and the United States.
We buy the turkeys as one day old chicks and keep them in our barn under a heat lamp for six weeks. During this time the turkeys grow stronger and build their immune system. In their seventh week, we put the turkeys outside under a shaded structure. The structure is surrounded by an electric fence to keep the turkeys in and predators out. We rotate them around their structure for the freshest grazing opportunity.
We supplement their grazing diet with certified organic grain and other fruits and vegetables culled from the fields.
Having the space to move around and eat naturally gives them a dense, rich and moist flavor. It also reduces the risk of parasites and disease that turkeys are easily prone to. You can eat them knowing they had clean and happy existence.
How is Your Meat Packaged?
The turkeys are butchered at a local USDA inspected facility. This means that you pick them up fresh the day they were butchered. You may then keep it cool for dinner or place it in your freezer.
Birds are fresh, ready for pick up mid October. We feel that it is most effecient and healthy for the birds to finish them while the grass is still green and before the weather changes. This means, you should be prepared to freeze your bird if you are wanting it for the holidays.
We strive for the birds to be around 16#. You may give an estimate of how much you want your bird to weigh. The price per pound changes year to year with rising grain costs, but it will be around $5/#.