Free-Range Turkey Farms in New England
While many farms boast “free-range” turkeys, the term can have different meanings. The USDA defines “free-range” as birds “allowed access to the outside.” However, farms do this in different ways. Some farms let their turkeys walk and peck in a pasture; others let them roam freely in an outdoor dirt pen. Others keep the turkeys in outdoor cages, noting that the birds are still getting “fresh air and sunshine.”
Check with your neighborhood market, farmers’ market, or butcher shop for their recommendations, or go to www.localharvest.org/organic-turkey.jsp for turkey farms around the country. You’ll find lists and descriptions of organic, free-range, and heritage-breed turkey producers in your area.
Here are some sources in New England.
Bob’s Turkey Farm
181 Old Common Rd.
577 Tremont St.
Stillman’s at The Turkey Farm
561 Thresher Rd.
The Turkey Farm
209 Mile Hill Rd.
New Sharon, ME