Turkey for Christmas?
Christmas lunch is surely the most important meal of the year.
It is a time to celebrate with family and friends, a time
to enjoy turkey and all the trimmings. Although there are
alternatives; most of us decide to opt for this traditional
Christmas meat. This year why not make that choice even more
special by considering a Croft Farm Turkey, an alternative
that will guarantee a particularly memorable meal.
In June Croft Farm became the proud owners of a small flock
of Heritage turkeys. These birds will be brought up in our
orchard, and are now gobbling happily by the river, under
the apple trees, ready to eat the organic windfall apples
in the autumn.
We have four different Heritage breeds: Reds, Blacks, Bronzes
and Slates, which will all grow to different sizes. The turkeys
have a cereal based diet (other than the windfall apples!)
and from the beginning of October they will be fed solely
on oats to give them a lovely rich finish.
As well as the superior taste and texture, these free range
breeds are popular because they have much better welfare standards.
The birds are able to roam outdoors, scratch under the trees,
roost on hay bales and dust bath. In contrast to the mechanised,
rushed and rather brutal process used on their commercial
cousins, these Heritage breeds develop their full flavor as
a result of their organic outdoor lifestyle and slower growth.
They offer a tastier Christmas experience.
In addition, our birds will be expertly hand plucked and then
hung for two weeks in a cold room. This process is key in
developing the natural characteristics, as it gives the meat
time to develop its full delicious and succulent flavour.
As a result your turkey will be packaged in carry home box,
and oven ready for you just in time for Christmas!
Size and weight guideline
We keep a variety of turkeys to guarantee a range of sizes
from 22lbs+ down to around 8lbs. The weight of our Christmas
turkeys is largely governed by breed and gender, so apologies,
but we are unable to guarantee a particular type as size will
be a specific colour or gender.
than 8 lbs
to 3 people
|8 – 10
||up to 4 people
|11 – 13
||up to 6 people
|15 – 18
||up to 8 people
|18 - 22 lbs
Of course the size of
the turkey you order depends on your appetites and whether
you want any leftovers! We try to give you a bird within 2lbs
(1 kilogram plus or minus) of your requested weight and we
will only charge you for up to 1kg above your requested weight.
Ordering/Choosing your Christmas turkey
We start taking orders in October, and accept orders on a
first come first served basis with earlier orders receiving
priority on size allocation. If you’d like to be put
on our mailing list please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01582 832071 and we’ll get back to you in late
Situated in Wheathampstead
we're convenient for collection from Harpenden, St Albans,
Luton, and the surrounding area.