The meat is unusually moist and tender. But its flavor—rich, buttery, and wholesome—catapults these birds above all the rest.
But if you want to secure one of these exceptionally rare birds in time for Thanksgiving, you must act quickly. They are already selling out in select sizes!
Here’s why heritage turkeys are the undisputed best in America, how you can secure yours at the country’s best online prices, and have it conveniently delivered to your door in time for Thanksgiving.
How much does a heritage turkey cost?
All other heritage turkeys for sale online in this country are at least $10/pound. Idle River heritage turkeys are offered at only $8.99/pound.
Shipping is $39 per turkey. $10 if shipping to a Grand Rapids address.
What size turkey should I order?
As a general rule of thumb, figure on one pound per guest. For example, if there are six people around your Thanksgiving table, you should order a six pound bird.
When will my turkey arrive?
Your turkey will arrive at your home on Monday or Tuesday, November 21 or 22, 2016.
You must use a physical address. FedEX cannot delivery to P.O. Boxes.
How will my turkey arrive?
Your turkey will come in an insulated shipping kit to keep your bird nice and cool (or frozen).
Most of our kits are made from cardboard and GMO-free corn insulated panelling. The panelling may be composted, thrown out, or dissolved in water.
In fact, if you dissolve the panelling in a bucket of water overnight, you may use it to water your plants. It’s a great plant food! Otherwise, you can place small pieces of it in a sink and run water over it. It’s safe for pipes, septic, and waste treatment facilities.
Will the turkey be fresh, never-frozen?
For logistical reasons, we receive and store Idle River heritage turkeys frozen. We will begin the thawing process for you, however.
Your bird may arrive frozen, partially-frozen, or thawed but nice and cool to the touch.
But isn’t a fresh, never-frozen bird better?
We don’t think so. But, who cares? It’s still guaranteed to be the best turkey of your life (conditions apply: see above or below)!
Are these turkeys free-range?
A thousand times yes! In fact, I’d say they’re even better than free-range!
For a turkey to be considered free range, they need to be given access to the outdoors for at least 51% of their lives. And, contrary to popular belief, this usually involves large, outdoor sheds where tens of thousands of turkeys are kept together.
Idle River Farms’ turkeys far exceed those minimum requirements!
Case in point, look at picture of the turkey near the top of this page, taken by the Burdicks at Idle River Farms. Clearly, these birds enjoy the open air and are not penned up by the ten-thousands like other free-range birds.
What are the main differences between a heritage turkey and a conventional turkey?
Besides the very obvious heightened flavor, the main difference is that heritage turkeys’ breast to leg-and-thigh ratio is balanced. Conventional turkeys are bred to exaggerate the ratio of breast meat to leg and thigh meat.
Another difference is that you may notice some black pin feathers in the skin of the bird. Completely normal! They mostly disappear after cooking. Pin feathers are also present in a conventional turkey, only they are white and therefore unnoticeable.
May I choose the turkey breed that I receive? Will I know what breed I’m receiving?
Once the birds have been harvested and de-feathered it is impossible to tell their breed (their feather patterns identify breed type). For this reason, we are unable to offer you a specific breed or tell you what breed you are receiving.
Unfortunately, I do not know of a single place in all the United States where you may specify the breed of heritage turkey that you receive. If you know, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll pass along the information!
Rest assured, Idle River Farms selects only those heritage turkey breeds known to deliver the finest flavor. So whether you receive a Narragansett, Bourbon Red, Standard Bronze, White Holland, Black, or Slate, what I can tell you is that you’ve never tasted a better bird. And that’s a promise backed by a money-back guarantee (see below for how that guarantee works).
How, exactly, does the money-back guarantee work?
If you follow the cooking instructions included with your purchase and this is the first heritage turkey you’ve ever purchased, this will be the best turkey of your life. If it is not, e-mail email@example.com for a prompt, cheerful refund.
The cooking instructions are simple. They involve:
- roasting your turkey at 325 degrees Fahrenheit with minimal stuffing (just use fresh herbs)
- basting and checking the internal temperature often
- removing the turkey from the oven as soon as piercing its skin yields clear juices (as opposed to red juices).
Over-cooking your turkey is possible, and you shouldn’t expect superior results if you do. Faithfully follow these directions, and you will not overcook the bird.
In addition, this must be the first heritage turkey you’ve eaten. For, as one serial customer put it, “I can’t decide whether this year’s heritage turkey or last year’s heritage turkey was the best of my life!” We certainly don’t want to compete against ourselves!
But, please, don’t deviate from our cooking instructions–or forget about the turkey cooking in the oven only to overcook it–and then request a refund. We are a small, family-run operation not Tyson Foods or Butterball. We want to do business with honest individuals, not those seeking a freebee. That said, please believe me when I say that if this isn’t your best turkey ever we want to refund you.