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Living On the Outside; Our turkeys are cage free and pasture raised for a distinctive, delicate flavor. 



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2015 News and Thanksgiving Bird Pick-up Times and Location

This year we are again partnered up with 7 Devils Brewery Co and Pub 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 and  feeding it as a supplement to our poultry while they are on pasture.  We have found that the 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 gobbling the majority of their feed from pasture and those tasty bugs.  Rest assured we are taking part in utilizing local by-products whenever possible 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. You will be impressed with what Carmen and Annie have done, not to mention the quality of their beer, local art and hospitality.

Our birds are both Bronze and White Broad Breasted.  As they are turned out on pasture they will be fed a little spent grains, possibly corn (as the weather gets colder) and a little balanced grower ration(to ensure they get all the vitamins, minerals, etc that they need) 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 feed they get in the morning is consumed in about ten to fifteen 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.  We are raising about half Bronze, half Whites and charge $4.25lb.

Pick-up times for your gobbler are Sunday and Monday 11/22& 11/23 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. There will be a large variety of sizes this year so it should not be a problem if you do want a small or extra large bird.  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

Thank you again. Looking forward to seeing you Sunday and Monday before Thanksgiving~


2015 Turkeys are Growing, Healthy and Happy!

Once again fall has arrived and we've been blessed with a glorious warm rain nourishing our pastures but not quite filling the creeks. It has been the driest I have ever seen it in over 37 years.  Today the turkeys are basking in the sun intermingled with clouds, stretching out wet feathers and wondering who turned the hose on.  There was just enough sprinkles to get their feathers wet. Praying for more as it is desperately needed.   The little rain has given birth to spots of green out in the pastures but it would be nice to have that nourished along with some more in the next week or so.

Green Gobblers Newspaper Feature

The World newspaper graciously showcased our turkeys on a beautiful fall day in their business section.   Special thanks to Nate Traylor and Lou Sennick for featuring us.  If you're interested here is the link;
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