Posts Tagged ‘turkeys’

Turkey day the eco way

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

for this year’s celebratory dinner this news comes just a tad too late, but it is something to remember before your next turkey is brought to the table. I think we have all been conditioned (not to use the word brainwashed) to think that turkeys come frozen, with breasts that are puffed up like balloons, lots of white meat that doesn’t really have all that much flavor when you come down to it. But there is some good news: some farmers are raising heritage birds again, turkeys that are not bred for their huge sizes but for flavorful meat, turkeys that are not cooped up in places too small for them but have the run of the land. And they are beautiful birds, resembling those we remember from picture books about the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, the Bourbon Reds. They are colorful animals with reddish brown feathers and white tipped wings that I first read about in Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal Vegetable Miracle“. Maybe you can find a farm in your area that specializes in old breeds. If you do, let us know. My grandmother used to tell us kids that turkeys have 12 different kinds of meat. Over the years that fact seems to have gotten lost. Ah, maybe those were the good old days after all ;)

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thankgsgiving!