"Just ordered our Christmas turkey from the Holt Wilsons once more. It is so
many years now, (I cannot remember how many,) we have been getting our
turkey from them. It is a ritual, part of the Christmas festivities. We know
the welcome as we drive down the lane to the farm will be charming, the
turkey wonderful, beautifully presented and if there is a slight smattering
of snow even better! Thank you for supplying us with such fantastic turkeys.
FrancoTaruschio - Retired Head Chef of the Walnut Tree
After barn rearing 5000 white turkeys in 1988, we thought we'd never do turkeys again. But we soon found a way of raising the birds that suited the way we wanted to farm and take care of our land.
We now do fewer birds, better.
Farming bronze turkeys organically marries high welfare standards with exceptional flavour. We rear chicks from the day they are hatched. They are grown slowly to their full maturity, and fed GM-free organic grain without routine antibiotics. During the day, the turkeys are allowed access to fields and hedgerows so they can do what turkeys do, forage and roam about. They are brought in at night with the help of Blue, our sheep dog, to sleep in airy barns with plenty of places to roost. We are certified by the Soil Association, which not only governs how we treat and feed the turkeys, but also confirms our sustainable approach to the whole farm.
We prepare the birds traditionally. They are processed on the farm to reduce stress at slaughter. And then laboriously dry-plucked which allows us to dry-age the birds in temperature controlled barns. Because they are slow growing, fully mature and active, their dense meat structure benefits hugely from this process, intensifying flavour and improving its moist texture.
The turkeys we produce take time, small flock sizes, and much higher labour inputs. The effort is well worth it as our methods enhance their unique gamey flavour. This is not a turkey you can find on supermarket shelves (well, except Waitrose), as the rearing and processing is difficult to replicate on an industrial scale.
The result is a turkey that we are proud to raise and always look forward to putting on our table.