Heritage Turkeys for the Holidays

Our turkeys have all been raised on the farm from chicks on certified organic feed from Midwest Organic Farmers Cooperative, and then were free ranged as soon as they were old enough.  In addition to the food they forage themselves, they continue to receive the organic feed. The Royal Palms were hatched from our own Green Gate flock, and the Narragansett and the Black Spanish turkeys were day old chicks bought from a Missouri hatchery. They are all young birds, about 6-7 months, and will be between 12 and 18 pounds.  Special cooking instructions should be followed for heritage bird meal preparations (recipe coming soon).  We are selling whole unfrozen birds and will be able to deliver them to you two days before Thanksgiving.  They will be $5.50/lb and a $25 deposit if required up front.

To reserve your bird please send your $25 check (paid to Green Gate Family Farm) and what size bird you desire (between 12-18 lbs) along with your contact information.  You can also call or email us with questions 304.807.0336  greengatefamilyfarm@gmail.com.

We raise three types of turkeys on the farm.

Royal Palm Heritage Turkey
Royal Palm Heritage Turkey

The Royal Palm Turkey breed is considered a rare breed of Turkey, a heritage Turkey and admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1977.  The Royal Palm is a little smaller than other heritage turkeys. They have a nice color pattern and have been very useful around the farm as insect eaters. We are planning on maintaining a breeding flock of Royal Palms, and they have proven to breed well naturally so far.

Royal Palm Turkey Facts:

  • Weights– Hen: 10 lbs; Tom: 16 lbs.
  • The Royal Palm is considered a sustainable heritage turkey breed.
Black Spanish Heritage Turkey
Black Spanish Heritage Turkey

The Black Spanish Turkey Breed is also considered a rare breed of Turkey, and as a heritage Turkey it was admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1874.  This breed can be traced back to when explorers in the 1500’s carried this Mexican Turkey breed back to Spain and Europe, and then later carried it back to the Americas!  They are also one of the naturally reproducing breeds of turkeys and we will attempt to breed a small flock of these birds.

Black Spanish Turkey Facts:

  • Weights- Hen: 14 lbs; Tom: 23 lbs.
  • The Black Spanish is also considered a sustainable heritage breed.
Narragansett Heritage Turkey
Narragansett Heritage Turkey

The Narragansett Turkey is also considered a rare, heritage breed Turkey, and was admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1874. This Turkey was derived from European strains and the American Wild Turkey around Narragansett, Rhode Island in the 19th century with earlier bloodlines as far back as the 1600’s.  They make an excellent backyard and farm turkey and are very good with insect population.

Narragansett Turkey Facts:

  • Weights- Hen: 14 lbs; Tom: 23 lbs.
  • The Narragansett is considered a sustainable heritage turkey breed.