The Upstate Turkey and Bacon Adventure

Yesterday My Mom and I went on a school field trip and picked up our twenty pounds of KuneKune bacon from Carolina growers group and two lilac turkeys. I am going to write a little about the history of turkeys for you.

It was a long drive but it was worth it. We had the Bacon this morning it was the most juicy and fatty bacon I have ever had. I got full after only three pieces.

Wild turkeys were originally were found in Mexico in the 1500’s. They were very popular due their productivity and how much meat they provide. In the 1930’s they started being breed for mass meat production. They were selectively breed for bigger size especially more breast meat, they get so big they can’t breed so they have to use artificial insemination.

By the 2000’s the eight heritage turkey breeds Black, Bronze, Narragansett, White Holland, Slate, Bourbon Red, Beltsville Small White, and Royal Palm were critically endangered. The Livestock Conservancy, Slow Food USA the Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities and the Heritage Turkey Foundation started to save heritage breeds turkeys. In under three years it went from around one thousand five hundred heritage turkeys to nine thousand.

We got Lilac turkeys they are not are not recognized as a standard turkey by the American Poultry Association. They are know for their beautiful solid light blue colored body and light blue or tan tail.

Here is some pictures in their new pen. We will take more pictures when Odysseus and Kalypso get used to it.

We got our turkeys from West Knoll Farm. We talked to Amy about turkeys and she showed us her Royal Palm turkeys. here are some pictures of them.