FARM VISITS: WINTER'S TURKEY

Yesterday, Emily and I hit the road and headed southeast of the city to Winter’s Turkey Farm in Dalemead, Alberta.  We arrived to meet Darrel Winter and his lovely wife Corrine who set up the visit for us.  It was a beautiful sunny day and looking to the west we could see the full mountain range.  Pretty amazing.  Darrel was playing tour guide for our visit and we started off by checking out some of the new flock which just arrived on June 4th.  The farm has two flocks a year so that you can get fresh, free range turkey’s for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Within those two flicks are an Organically raised Heritage breed as well as the Orlopp Bronze which are certified free range and are not treated with any hormones or antibiotics.  When the birds first arrive, they must remain in the barn at a really warm temperature.  Once they start to build up their coats and the outside temperature starts to warm up, they get to spend a lot of time outside.  As they get older, they are able to see more of the outdoors.  When we entered the free range bird section, we became quite popular and there was a flurry of activity.  They have a tendency to follow you around the barn.  I asked Darrel if that makes them easy to move around and he said “they follow you when you don’t want them to, and they won’t follow when you want them to.”  I shot a little video just to show you how quick these little birds move.

Winter’s Turkey farm sells frozen turkeys year round as well as a dozen or so value-add products which are amazing.  A few of those include turkey jerky, turkey bacon, turkey roasts, smoked whole turkey, turkey smokies, turkey chorizo, breakfast turkey sausages, etc.  Check out their website HERE for more information.

A big thanks to Darrel and Corrine for taking time out of their day for our visit.  Thanks also for the samples - the turkey jerky only lasted about 5 minutes in the car on the way back to the city!

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The organic birds are hiding in the far corner near the heat lamps.

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Heritage breed turkey’s up close.

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The free range birds coming to see what all the action is about.  Despite having tons of room to move around they still liked to bunch up!

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Another pen ready for the next shipment of birds which were to arrive this morning.

Getting the outdoor area ready for the birds.  They will head outside at about 3 weeks.

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This is where the birds head at around 5 weeks.

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An over exposed Darrel Winter and myself.

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I went home with about 9 different products.  Couldn’t resist.  Turkey pastrami for lunch today!

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