Berkshire farms with different turkey types for every palate––ordering has already started!
This year’s turkeys are fattening up. Birds at Berkshire farms can be organic, free-range, pasture-raised, heritage, or all four. The distinction makes a difference, says Ashley Amsden at Square Roots Farm in Lanesborough. An organic turkey is carefully handled and given certified feed, she says. Free-range birds can move around. Pasture-raised turkeys live on grass and forage, along with grain—Amsden says they have more tenderness and flavor than any other.
This year, Jan Johnson at Mill River Farm has 80 broad-breasted turkeys, known for their plentiful white meat.
Some Berkshire farmers also raise heritage turkeys—older, hardy breeds like the Bourbon Reds and Narragansett—at Sky View Farm in Sheffield and Berkshire Highlands Farm in Windsor.
Local turkeys can take more time to grow than commercial turkeys and more resources to raise. And they sell out early. Berkshire poultry farmers and local co-op markets are already taking orders.