Thanksgiving Turkey FAQ's
September 28, 2020
Deciding where to get your family's Thanksgiving turkey is a big decision to make - especially if you're debating making a change from the family's norm of years past. Let's navigate a few common questions together to help decide if it's time for a switch or not.
1.What makes Riemer Family Farm turkeys different?
Our turkeys are brought to our farm as chicks and spend the first few weeks of their lives in our large and comfy brooder, where they are safe from predators and weather extremes. Our girls help care for them as chicks, checking them daily to ensure they have fresh bedding, food, and water. When they're big enough to evade predators and self regulate their body temperatures, we move them out to pasture and rotationally graze them. They are protected by electric fencing and large wagons.
This little guy struts his stuff around the spacious brooder.
2. Why raise them on pasture?
Turkeys are naturally omnivores. They love to eat insects and grass, so we move them across the pasture regularly to ensure they always have access to lush pasture, abound with insects and bugs to keep them happy and healthy. This also ensures they are not living in their own waste, keeping them away from potential disease and sickness.
3. Are they healthier?
Pasture raised meats are found to contain more nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. This is because of their diet - the grasses and plants they graze are dense in nutrients and omega fatty acids (particularly omega 3) that are not found in conventional grain only diets.
Our animals are also healthier, naturally, because they are outside and not crowded in a building, and so we never use antibiotics, hormones, or steroids in our meat. Moving them regularly, as mentioned earlier, helps keep them clean and disease free, also.
4. What about the taste?
Our turkeys are rich in flavor, reflective of their diverse diet of pastures grasses, clovers, insects, bugs, and locally milled NON-GMO grains. The turkeys have that classic presentation and flavor you and your family look forward to each holiday season.
5. What about the price?
We recognize that our prices are higher than the grocery stores. This is because turkeys raised on our farm are a seasonal, artisan offering.
In order to deliver the best Thanksgiving turkey, for a flavorful meal you won't forget, we take extra care in raising our animals. By this, we raise a select quantity of birds so as to not overwork the land or overcrowd the animals. Our birds are raised outdoors and fed locally milled, NON-GMO grains, which cost more than GMO grains. There's added labor in moving their fencing and shelter, as well as bringing them supplemental food and water. But we find it's worth it, as we have healthy, hearty, and delicious birds free of cheap drugs and steroids, fillers and GMO grains unlike those sold at the grocery store.
We are happy to make these birds available with convenient home delivery through FedEx, but that too, comes at a cost.
6. How do I purchase a bird?
Simply visit our online store and select "Sale" or search "turkey". We have 3 size preferences available. Select your family's preferred size and quantity, add to your cart, and checkout. We'll do our best to accommodate sizes, but we cannot make any guarantees.
7. When will I receive my turkey?
You will receive your turkey on the date listed/chosen at checkout.
One of our first turkey pick ups from a few years back!
Have other questions? Leave a comment below and we'll be happy to answer! Thank you! :)