Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will I know how much my turkey(s) will weigh?
You pick the weight range - either 8-12 lbs. or 13-18 lbs. or 19+ pounds. On your order form, you specify the ideal weight of your turkey and we try our best to match it. As our turkeys are fresh, we do not know the actual weight of each turkey until right before pickup.
Q: How does pickup work?
Pickup Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Harvard, IL farm
Bring the kids and explore the farm, feed the animals and pick up your turkey!
Q: Where are the turkeys processed?
Our turkeys are processed by a USDA-inspected company. They are refrigerated until pickup and never frozen. Your turkey will be in a sealed plastic bag and look very similar to a turkey purchased in the store and ready for you to cook.
Q: What is the difference between organically-fed turkeys and organic turkeys?
USDA organic turkeys need 3 qualifications: outdoor access on a USDA certified farm, USDA certified turkey feed and processing by a USDA certified organic processor. It takes 3 years to become a USDA certified farm. Small Family Natural Farms is not yet a certified USDA farm, so we feed USDA organic feed, use a USDA processor and give our turkeys free-choice indoor shelter and outdoor roaming access. We do not use hormones, antibiotics or vaccines on our turkeys or breeding stock.
Q: How many turkeys did you raise?
We maintain about 10 turkeys as our breeders at the Harvard farm. This rafter (group of turkeys) lives in their indoor/outdoor shelter throughout the year, protected by a fence and overhead netting. Beginning in April, the hens begin laying eggs which are incubated at the farm, hatched and then returned to the outdoor areas. In 2022, we raised about 40 turkeys!
Q: What is your favorite way to cook your fresh turkeys?
Bob typically brines our turkeys in a cooler for 24 hours prior to cooking in a simple brine of 1 cup Kosher salt per gallon distilled water. It takes about 3 gallons to completely cover the bird. We let the natural flavor of our turkeys shine. A meat thermometer in the thigh reading 155-160 degrees is when the turkey is removed from the heat source. The turkey continues to cook out of the oven to reach 165 degrees. Our family Thanksgiving consists of five turkeys from the following heat sources: ovens, gas grill, charcoal grill and turkey fryer. We always want leftovers!