Turkey has been a favorite meat in the United States since pre-Colonial days. The regal bird with spread bronze tail is part of American culture and history. But the type of bird commonly available changed when large factory-style poultry producers developed varieties that developed fast and could be processed with less labor. These birds are not as tasty. Since few communities welcome a mega-turkey facility raising monster white birds as a neighbor, they don't contribute to the local economy either.
Because turkey is associated with the meal served for the American national holiday called Thanksgiving, there is a market niche for a special high quality bird. John and Connie Caveny are working to fill that market with heritage turkeys and other poultry grown locally in a sustainable, environmentally responsible and economically viable way.
Bourbon Red, named for Bourbon County, came from older stock taken to Kentucky from Pennsylvania. Bourbon Red turkeys are now at Watch status - upgraded from Rare status - as determined by the
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
The life cycle of our Bourbon Red Turkeys follows nature's cycle. Eggs hatch in early April, poults grow during the summer on pasture with supplemental high protein feed and the birds mature on pasture and corn as the days grow shorter becoming naturally juicy and rich tasting. This process produces only one crop per year; harvest coincides with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don't wait any longer to order your Heritage turkey for the holidays from Caveny Farm.
Our poultry are available only through an early order program. All turkeys are pre-sold. Processing is done by a small USDA inspected plant operated by an Amish family which flash-freezes the birds for peak flavor. All turkeys are processed shortly before pick-up and will be delivered frozen.
Caveny Farm Bourbon Red turkeys are a natural product. We can estimate how many birds we have in each weight range but don't know exactly until the birds are processed and weighed. As a weight range sells out, we note it on the website.
Caveny Farm will be delivering Bourbon Red Turkeys to three Chicago area locations (Evanston, Lincoln Park and Geneva) for pickup in time for the holidays. Order your Heritage Turkey now!
Christmas: Featuring Smoked Bourbon Red Turkeys for holiday eating. Also a few Bourbon Red Turkeys available to hoard for winter comfort food.
Caveny Farm will deliver to select Chicago locations for haliday pickup, to see, click Pickup Point tab above.
Rouen Duck will be posted for sale when available. Sorry! No American Buff Geese this year.