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Heritage Turkey from BN Ranch

There are a handful of farmers who, in the past twenty years, have been instrumental in changing the course of America’s foodways and this year we're featuring two of them. Their names may not be well-known to most people, but you can say them to almost anyone in the food world and they’re instantly recognized: farmers like Bill Niman.
 
Bill Niman, who's no longer part of his namesake Niman Ranch, is best known for his work raising humane, sustainable beef and pork. He's now working with heritage turkeys, too, at his new company BN Ranch (unrelated to Niman Ranch).
 
Why is this all important? Well, to start with, the modern Thanksgiving turkey is a bit of a monster. It’s been bred to have a gigantic breast and little else. (The breast gets so big, in fact, the turkey can’t breed naturally.) As everything else got pushed aside in favor of the breast, out went its disease fighting genetics. Today’s commercial turkey is typically raised on a daily cocktail of antibiotics, without which it would succumb to the illnesses common in high-density feedlot operations. Those are all bad news. But, perhaps its worst sin is at the table: it’s bland. Commercial turkeys taste like salt and water, with very little turkey flavor to mention.
 
Not so with  Bill's turkeys. These are old-breed birds, the kind that would have been served at your great-grandparents' Thanksgiving feasts. They're breeds like Standard Bronze, Narragansett and Spanish Black, and they spend their lives roaming free, pecking in the yard. That free-ranging life and the old genetics have a huge impact. These are full-flavored birds, rich with flavor and never mooshy in texture. They’re also not extreme, like eating wild game. It’s the kind of turkey that everyone at the table is going to enjoy. For many, it’ll be the first time they’ve tasted the real thing, and they’ll be fighting for seconds.
 
You might have any number of great reasons to buy one of these turkeys for your feast this year. They're sustainably raised. They support diverse genetics. They can have sex by themselves. But when you come back for one next year, it will be for one simple reason—they taste so good.
 
 
Order details
Turkeys are sold out for Thanksgiving 2016! Look for them again in fall 2017—if you'd like to be the first to know when they're back, use the "Email me when it's back in stock" links below. We'll send the birds with cooking instructions.

Heritage Turkey from BN Ranch

M-BNT-12 10-12 lbs, whole turkey
$190
ON VACATION
Returning November 2017

Heritage Turkey from BN Ranch

M-BNT-16 14-16 lbs, whole turkey
$250
ON VACATION
Returning November 2017

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