New this year, we are excited to partner up with 7 Devils Brewery Co and Pub featuring craft beers and local food in Coos Bay by utilizing their spent grains. The barley they use in the process of making beer is called spent grains and we are taking that (instead of using a premixed poultry feed) and feeding it as a supplement to our poultry while they are on pasture. We have found that turkeys require high protein throughout their growth and are not able to glean that just on pasture. Nutritionally speaking, while the sugars are extracted for malt the barley is still high in protein, vitamins, fiber and digestibility. The good news is that the turkeys love it and they are still getting the majority of their feed from grazing on pasture and those yummy bugs. Rest assured we are taking part in utilizing local by-products all within our community to provide a fresh, naturally grown, healthy bird. If you get a chance, swing by 7 Devils Brewing Co and check out the Barrel and Tap right behind the Coos Art Museum. We hope to have more a brewing with this partnership!
The majority of our birds this year are Bronze and much to my chagrin, they are displaying a bit more of a wild nature then the Whites by roosting on anything that is off the ground, consequently flying over the fences and making a mess. They get a little corn and spent grains in the morning and then spend the rest of the day free ranging through several of our pastures, finally landing back home as close to the house as the fences allow them to roost for the night. The grains they get in the morning are consumed in about ten minutes and everything else they get to eat comes from what they forage throughout the day in our pastures. You are getting a product that is truly free range and pasture fed!
I heard from several of you last year that you loved the flavor from the Bronze and didn't mind the occasional dark spots in the carcasses. I will have about 20 Whites but they are three weeks younger and will be on the smaller side. The Bronze are looking bigger than normal, (if you can say there is anything normal about our feathered friends). We drilled some Brassicas and Plantain in a couple of our fields this spring and the turkeys especially love grazing on those pastures. It is amazing how much they can consume in a day. Their crops are always full by night.
Pick-up times for your gobbler are Sunday and Monday 11/24 & 11/25 4pm-7pm. If you are not able to make those times work let me know and we can arrange something.
Our address is 87591 Gilman Ln, Bandon, Or 97411. We are located 6 mi south of Bandon and 1/2 mi north of the Game Park. Gilman Ln is on the East side of Hwy 101. We live 1/2 mi down the gravel road, through the gate at the end. (If you are still not sure where we are located, Gilman Ln is just across and north of the purple and orange Art 101 shop). We can take checks made out to Diana Swenson or cash.
*I recommend you bring an ice chest to put your bird in. For those of you that want smaller birds or extra large, it is first come, first pick on sizes. It seems like this year the Bronze birds are running large and I will not have as many in the smaller range. We will also have some cranberries for you at pick-up.
Remember to check out our Talking Turkey Cooking Pointers on the left. Investing in a meat thermometer helps to keep you from overcooking these fresh birds. Another resource on your pastured turkey is this site from Mother Earth News http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/pastured-turkey-cooking-tips-zm....
Thank you again. Looking forward to seeing you Sunday and Monday before Thanksgiving~