- Do you know where it is grown?
- Is it allowed to live as a turkey should live - humanely, raised to it's naturally intended weight?
- Is it given antibiotics, growth stimulants or hormones? (hint, hint - why do you think your turkey is so gigantic?)
- What is it fed?
- Is it pumped full of artificial ingredients, preservatives, MSG or other additives?
I prefer to eat an old-fashioned turkey. And yes, you can still find them.
family-owned turkey grower-processors in the United States, the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch. Their ranching style, family-farming secrets, and strict sustainable standards consistently produce a better, tender and juicier turkey with real, old-fashioned flavor. Sustainably raising turkeys for four generations, all of Diestel’s birds are:
- Slow grown; raised almost 2x as long and given 3x as much space as conventional birds
- Raised to their naturally intended weight giving the turkeys exceptional taste and texture
- No gluten, casein, carrageenan, phosphates, MSG, artificial ingredients or preservatives
- No antibiotics, growth stimulants, or hormones
- 100% vegetarian diet, enhanced with vitamins and minerals, milled and mixed daily on the ranch
- GAP rated; Diestel’s pasture raised birds received GAP’s highest 5+ rating
Yes, organic, sustainably raised turkeys are more expensive. But I expect that to be the case. The great thing is - Thanksgiving is a special occasion. I am happy to splurge a bit once a year on a quality, healthy turkey that is going to nourish my family.
What do you think? Have you thought twice about what is really in your Thanksgiving turkey?
Thanks to Diestel for providing a turkey for me to try out with my family. No other compensation was given, and this is all my opinion.