We began raising “just a few more” Bourbon Red turkeys for friends in 2001. That was over ten years ago and both our flocks and friends have grown. Thank you! It is a joy to see so many familiar faces, as well as new ones, and be a part of your holiday.
We will do something different this year! Bourbon Red turkeys are listed in one pound size ranges instead of two pound. Select the size you want. It will be trickier for us to track the number of birds available in the new ranges but hopefully will be better for you. If a size does get oversold, you may get a slightly bigger bird than ordered. We’ll note how this is working in newsletters and, as always, feedback is appreciated.
This is shaping up to be a very unusual growing season in Illinois. A late freeze followed by drought and heat is making it a year to remember. So far the Bourbon Reds are doing well. Unfortunately earlier in June the hatchery called to say we would receive only 10 American Buff geese instead of the 70 goslings ordered months ago. American Buff are on the American Breeds Conservancy Critical list because there are so few left. It probably is time to restart our own flock of this tasty bird!
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.
Caveny Farm raises poultry and lamb. Heritage breeds of turkeys, ducks and geese 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.
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!
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.