What’s the difference?
Looking to complete your meal?
In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving we will add plenty of holiday focused add-ons including gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, squash, a holiday produce box, and more. Of course, we’ll offer our entire regular store as well so you can purchase your regularly needed groceries, too.
Not sure how much turkey you need?
We recommend 1-1.5 pounds of turkey per person; this should provide some leftovers, too. Each family differs in their protein consumption so this is only a suggestion based on our own families, the sides we make, and leftovers we desire.
Handling your turkey:
If your delivery or pickup location is many days before you will be preparing your turkey, please make sure you have a very cold location to keep it. At the farm we hold turkeys at one degree above freezing for longevity, and if held in the refrigerator you need to ensure a proper cold setting. If you don’t have space to keep your bird refrigerated, you can place your bird in the freezer for a day or two to hold and then thaw in the refrigerator. Alternatively, many people without storage to hold their turkey prefer picking it up on our farm in Rutland on the Wednesday just before the holiday.
Many folks like to brine their pasture raised turkeys to increase moisture retention and add even more flavor. Make sure you have a vessel that can hold your turkey to brine and plenty of ice on hand to keep the water freezing cold.
Cooking your turkey:
People cook their turkeys many ways; even our staff have different methods that they think is best. Some prefer to start their oven at a higher temperature to brown the skin right off the bat, while others end on a higher temperature to brown. Either way, we suggest about 12-13 minutes of cooking time for each pound of (unstuffed) turkey in a 350 degree oven. Always make sure your turkey reaches 165 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh and once your turkey is removed from the oven, let it rest 15-20 minutes before carving.