Mary's Turkeys is our largest producer. They have been adding outlets so fast we can't keep up. For a current list of Mary's Turkeys' retailers, see www.MarysTurkeys.com. Reese Turkeys in Kansas is also selling in California this year. See www.ReeseTurkeys.com.
Bristol Farms Markets, www.BristolFarms.com
Some Costco stores in California will carry heritage turkeys from Reese Turkeys (Good Shepherd Ranch.) See http://www.costco.com.
Jensenís Finest Foods, www.JensensFoods.com
JimboísÖ Naturally, www.Jimbos.com
Maloney Meat Co., South Gate
Motherís Markets & Kitchens, www.mothersmarket.com
New Frontiers Natural Foods, San Luis Obispo
Pacific Coast Greens, Malibu
Rainbow Bridge, Ojai
You can also pre-order one or more heritage turkey from these California Farms, for on-farm or in some cases mail shipment:
Rick & Mary Pitman
** Will also ship
Sylvia Mavalwalla, ** Reserve
early for 2006.
Reserve early for 2006.
Valley Center, CA
** Will also ship
Willie Bird Turkeys
Santa Rosa, CA
We donít like to be negative, but watch out for turkeys advertised as Heritage breeds which arenít. Diestel Turkey ranch is raising an older breed called the Orlop strain of Broad-Breasted Bronze turkey. This is the predecessor of the Broad Breasted White. Itís essentially a white, but with brown feathers. These turkeys were developed by Orlop Turkeys and others in the 1930ís. They canít mate naturally. They do not mature like true Heritage Turkeys and they donít taste as good. Diestel is by far the largest independent turkey producer in Northern California. The Director of Slow Food USA and I approached them in 2002 to raise real Heritage Turkeys but they went in their own direction instead. Diestel is now marketing these turkeys as heirloom turkeys. The fact remains that they can be raised faster, with less feed, and they can therefore be sold cheaper, to drive genuine heritage turkeys out of the marketplace.