Named for the bay in Rhode Island where it was created, the Narragansett [nair-uh-gan-sit] turkey dates back to the original American colonies. They are known for their calm disposition, good maternal abilities, early maturation, excellent meat quality and superior flavor. They are currently identified by The Livestock Breed Conservancy as “Threatened”, despite being listed as a culinary delight on Slow Food’s Arc of Taste.
Our flock of turkeys is completely free-range on pasture, contained only by electric fence to keep them safe from predators. They are free to roost outdoors, forage for food, and express themselves in a natural setting. In addition to the food they find on their own, we supplement our flock with a non-GMO grain mix sourced from a local farmer less than 45 minutes from our farm. This combination makes the meat low in saturated fats, low in cholesterol, and high in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. All of these attributes directly affect our health, and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity!
You’ll find that heritage turkeys differ slightly from conventional commercial birds (besides the obvious difference in taste). For example, Narragansett turkeys have a healthier balance between breast and leg meat, reaching maturity without becoming “top heavy” or developing leg problems. This yields an delicious bird overall, worthy of becoming the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal… or any other meal for that matter!