We began raising “just a few more” Bourbon Red turkeys for friends over ten years ago. Both our flocks and friends have grown. Thank you! It is a joy to see so many familiar faces, and new ones, and to be a part of your holiday.
The good news this season: no price increase. Each year we estimate the cost to raise the best turkey you will ever eat. No small farmer expects to get rich but most do want some return on labor and investment.
Included in the price is $2 per bird for the producer certification fee of the American Humane Association. Each year an auditor inspects our farm using rigorous criteria. We take pride in passing with high scores so you can be assured Caveny Farm Bourbon Reds are well cared for and healthy.
Bourbon Red turkeys are listed in one pound size ranges. Select the size you want. It is trickier to track the number of birds available in smaller ranges but feedback has been very positive.
Unfortunately we will not have any ducks or geese this year. Waterfowl processing is tough for small farmers. Illinois needs a good facility we can all use.
Caveny Farm raises poultry and lamb on pasture. Heritage breeds are our mainstay. Our birds are raised in pastures that grow grasses, clovers and amaranth. All of our poultry are fed custom formulated feed to compliment the nutrients found in our pastures.
Not too long ago most farms were "diversified" meaning the farm family raised more than one or two products for sale. In addition to the main farm activity such as dairy, the farm produced products such as eggs, pork, beef and perhaps fruits and vegetables. The farm family used these products themselves and sold surplus to friends, relatives and neighbors.
There are not many of these farms left today. But new types of diversified family farms are sprouting. Many of these farms raise wholesome products for direct sale to non-farm families who value locally grown fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and eggs.
We are proud to be part of the Slow Food movement which believes pleasure and quality in everyday life can be achieved by slowing down and celebrating the diversity of the earth's bounty. We belong to the Slow Food Champaign-Urbana Convivium which can be followed through Facebook. Join in the Slow Life. Know where your food comes from. Know your farmer!
Preorder Caveny Farm Bourbon Red turkeys for pickup before Thanksgiving or Christmas. All turkeys are pre-sold. No additional birds are available at pickup. Processing is done at an inspected plant in an Amish community. All turkeys are processed shortly before pickup and delivered flash-frozen for peak flavor.
The facility processing our turkeys (and much of the turkeys raised by small Illinois farmers) will not clean gizzards. This is good news for those not using the extra bits stuck in the bird as they no longer pay for them. It is bad news for giblet gravy lovers but outside our control.
Caveny Farm delivers to select local & Chicago farmer’s markets for pickup for the holidays. Or choose on-farm pickup and get a $9 credit per bird! Order your Heritage turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas now before some sizes sell out!