Holiday FAQ's

We want you to have a stress free holiday season so we've put together some helpful information to get you through your days with ease as you prepare to nourish your family and friends with delicious food.


 


About Ferndale Natural Turkeys - Minnesota

At Ferndale Market, we raise free-range turkeys without the use of antibiotics, just like we have since 1939. Our turkeys are minimally processed so you are taking home 100% turkey: no salt, no added water, no fillers. We think you will taste the difference!

Our whole turkeys are available in sizes from 10-24 lbs. Each turkey contains a bag of giblets and a neck. 

All our fresh turkeys are processed in the days before Thanksgiving and we store them in our cooler between 28-32 degrees to ensure the freshest turkey possible (USDA requirements allow fresh turkeys to be held at temperatures down to 26 degrees).

Although occasionally a light ice crusting will form on the bag or turkey breast, we ensure that our fresh turkeys have never been in a frozen state and they are ready for you to roast and enjoy.

About Mary's Organic Turkeys - California

Mary's Free-Range Organic Turkeys are an additional step up the ladder in humane farming practices; with freedom to move about and a premium diet void of any chemical stimulators.  Certified Organic feeds must be Certified by the USDA and everything that goes in them must be certified as well. 

• No Preservatives • Fed a Certified Organic Non-GMO Vegetarian Diet • Fed No Animal By-Products • Fed No Antibiotics Ever • Gluten-Free  • Raised Without Added Hormones 


Thanksgiving Roasting Tips

Few things are more central to family traditions than food and we know there are many methods to prepare a great tasting turkey – ovens, grills, and fryers, brined or buttered – the options seem endless!  No matter how you prepare your bird, here are some general tips for making sure your turkey is moist and delicious:

Before cooking your turkey, pat it dry inside and out, then let rest on the counter until it reaches room temperature.

When cooking your bird, make sure the internal temperature of the breast reaches 165° F and the drums and thighs reach 170° F. A high quality meat thermometer is very important for an accurate temperature reading.

After your turkey has reached the desired temperature, let it rest on the counter for at least 20-30 minutes so the juices released during cooking can absorb back into the meat

● Estimate about 14 minutes of roasting time per pound when roasting at 325° F (Remember fresh turkeys cook more quickly!)

● If you are cooking your turkey in a roasting pan, pour some broth in the bottom of the pan to keep the oven environment moist (the turkey drippings that collect in the broth make an excellent base for a homemade gravy!)

● Try one of these techniques for keeping the breast extra moist:
– Tent a piece of tin foil over the breast to retain moisture while roasting
– Cook the turkey breast-side down: it will allow the juices to pool in the breast and applies more heat to the thighs, which need to reach a higher temperature. If you want browned, crisp skin on the breast, simply flip your bird so it is breast side up for the last 15 minutes of cooking.

 


Ferndale's Natural Turkey FAQ's

What do Ferndale turkeys eat?

We need to purchase our turkey feed from a feed mill (located just west of the Twin Cities metro) that custom-blends all our feed specifically for us.  We change the specific ration as our turkeys age, but we’re proud to never add any antibiotics or growth-promotants at any point.

Because our feed is custom-blended, we have taken an innovative approach by adding probiotics, yeast, and natural herbs to our feed so we can work in tandem with nature to maintain excellent health in our flocks.  In addition, all our feeds contain an ideal balance of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.  Our goal is to incorporate age-old wisdom with innovative ideas to provide a well-rounded diet for our turkeys.

Where do Ferndale turkeys live during the winter months?

Unfortunately, Minnesota winters are not conducive to having turkeys on range!  During the spring and autumn months, we need to keep our turkeys close to shelter in case of extreme weather, so our birds live in a turkey house with constant access to the outdoors.  Our outdoor yards exceed the square footage of the buildings, so the birds live in a lower-density environment with access to shelter and warmth if weather requires.  During the winter months, our birds live indoors in houses with sawdust bedding and the ability to roam freely and have constant access to feed, water, and warmth.

What does “raised without antibiotics” mean?

As third-generation turkey farmers, we take tremendous pride in the way we care for our turkeys.  That’s why our “raised without antibiotics” program is so important to us.  Our USDA-approved growing protocols extend from the egg in the incubator through the entire life of our turkeys, and certify that no antibiotics or growth stimulants are administered to our turkey, to let our birds grow at their own pace.  Additionally, we’re proud that our husbandry practices prevent the need for antibiotics or medications, because we strive to take a proactive approach to turkey health and avoid the need for reactive medications.  Our approach to creating an optimal environment starts in clean brooder houses bedded with fresh sawdust shavings, and it continues as our turkeys have outdoor access.  We are careful never to sacrifice the health and welfare of our birds to achieve a label claim, so we do treat our flocks if it’s necessary, but they are not marketed under our Ferndale program.

Do Ferndale turkeys contain any additives?

We’re proud of the natural flavor of our turkey products, so we never add use any of the additives or basting solutions that most poultry contains.  In addition to giving you a product with real turkey flavor, our natural products offer a lower-sodium turkey and a better value, because there’s no added water or sodium solution.  Since we don’t add anything to our turkeys, nearly all our products are gluten-free and dairy-free.

What is a “deep chill” fresh turkey?

All our fresh turkeys are processed in the days before Thanksgiving and we store them in our cooler between 28-32 degrees to ensure the freshest turkey possible (USDA requirements allow fresh turkeys to be held at temperatures down to 26 degrees).  Because our turkeys are minimally-processed and contain no added preservatives, fresh, cold air is our best tool to ensure that your Ferndale Market turkey is at the peak of freshness on Thanksgiving Day.  Although occasionally a light ice crusting will form on the bag or turkey breast, we ensure that our fresh turkeys have never been in a frozen state and they are ready for you to roast and enjoy.

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Mary's Organic Turkey FAQ's

Where do they come from?

The Pitman Family has been raising turkeys in the Central Valley of California since 1954. We have six turkey ranches and opened our own processing plant in August 2003. Because we are a small family-owned business, we can personally give great customer service.

 Mary’s Free-Range Turkeys grow naturally with plenty of open space on a ranch in sunny California. These turkeys are raised in a humane manner and are allowed to roam in a stress-free environment that is four times the size of the average commercial ranch. Because of cleaner living quarters, we produce a healthier and happier turkey that also has a better taste.

What is the Diet of a Mary's Organic Turkey?

65% Organic Corn  30% Organic Soybean Meal 5% Vitamins and Minerals
*Gluten-Free   *No Preservatives *No Antibiotics Ever *Raised Without Added Hormones  *Fed No Animal By-Products

Why is this turkey feel frozen, I thought it was suppose to be fresh?

Fresh turkeys will be hard on the bottom of the turkeys due to the blasting of cold air done at the plant to keep the turkeys at a low temperature for shipping and to keep them fresh. They are not frozen.

How do I remove the metal clip holding the legs together? 

 To remove the wire, you need to push it down and squeeze the wire together and pull it out. It can be really hard to get it out sometimes. You have to push the wire down really hard to get it out. I like to take one side of the wire and push down really hard and yank it out.

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Smart Chicken FAQ's

We know some of you aren't turkey fans so we're including a link to frequently asked questions about Tecumseh Farms Smart Chicken's.  

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