Talking Turkey — Thanksgiving 2014
WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR THANKSGIVING TURKEYS.
This years offerings include two different breeds and a range of sizes. The Heritage Black Turkey will be available at 20-24lbs, and the Midget White Turkeys will be available in three different weights, 12-14lbs., 14-16lbs., and 16-18lbs. All of the turkeys will be sold for $9.o0 per pound.
For those of you planning large Thanksgiving gatherings and requiring the 20-24lb Black Heritage Turkey, we encourage you to place your order by October 7th. For Those of you needing any of the smaller birds, we will be accepting orders for the entire month of October.
Please contact us by phone (786.334.5734), email (email@example.com), or here at the shop (9722 NE 2nd Avenue Miami Shores). Credit card information and a $50 deposit will be required to secure your reservation.
The Heritage Black Turkey (from Wikipedia)
The Black, sometimes referred to as the Black Spanish or the Norfolk Black, is a breed of domestic turkey. The Black was developed in Europe from the Aztec turkeys originally brought from Mexico by Spanish explorers. Despite the monikers of “Spanish and “Norfolk” (England), birds of this type live in many European nations. Originally, black colored turkeys were a relative rarity among New World flocks, but Europeans heavily selected for this trait until it became predominant. The “Norfolk Black” is generally considered the oldest turkey breed in the UK
Black turkeys were sent in the holds of ships on the transatlantic crossing from Europe to the New World, and were raised by early colonists. Ironically, it is likely that the turkey consumed at the first Thanksgiving meal may have actually been from European birds, rather than Wild Turkeys native to the continent, though these descended from said bird.
Later, Blacks were crossed with the Wild Turkey to help produce breeds such as the Bronze, Narragansett, and Slate. They remained a commercially farmed variety in the U.S. until the early 20th century, but fell out of favor after the development of the Broad Breasted Bronzeand Broad Breasted White. Fairly common in Europe, they are considered an endangered variety of heritage turkey today by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and are also included in Slow Food USA‘s Ark of Taste, a catalog of heritage foods in danger of extinction.
The Midget White Turkey (from Wikipedia)
The Midget White is a breed of domestic turkey named for its white plumage and small stature. The breed is the smallest standard variety of turkey, and with toms at roughly 13 lbs and hens 8-10 lbs, it weighs only slightly more than the largest chickens.
A rare heritage turkey breed, the Midget White is classified as “Critical” by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. It is also included in the Ark of Taste, a catalog of foods in danger of extinction.
The Midget White is sometimes shown in the same class as the Beltsville Small White, but despite the similarity was bred from different lines, mostly white commercial turkeys and the Royal Palm. A newcomer among turkey breeds, it was originally developed in the 1960s by Dr. J. Robert Smyth at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a smaller complement to the Broad Breasted White. This anticipated demand never surfaced, and along with other rare breeds the Midget White declined as a result. The bird is relatively friendly and is especially well-suited to being raised on small farms and on a homestead.