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Our poultry includes over 100 birds comprising chickens, ducks, guinea hens, turkeys and geese…

Poultry

Pastured Duck and Goose For Sale

Winding Stair Farm is proud to present our domestic Toulouse Geese, and Appleyard and Welsh Harlequin Ducks for sale for your holiday dinner.

Ducks and geese are difficult to raise properly on pasture – they are messy, eat a lot of feed and grass; and every night, we have to herd them back into their coop to keep them safe from predators. But they’ve been a wonderful alarm system, letting us know when someone or something is walking by the ponds.

In addition to being given lives that allow them to roam and swim about the farm, it has been said that geese and ducks that eat grasses and legumes, who have access to adequate space, fresh air, sunshine and exercise are also nutritionally better for you.  Get on the waiting list for a Winding Stair Farm goose or duck, and support a local business whose team believes in sustainable agriculture.

First-come, first-served: We have a limited number of geese and ducks available so we will fulfill orders and size preferences in the order that we receive them.  Confirmation: We will get in touch with you when we receive your reservation request (via our website), with further details about the process. Weight options: While we will do our best to provide a bird that is within a couple of pounds of your preference, we can’t make any guarantees. Pick-up: Customers can pick up their goose or duck at the Franklin Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, 22 December, 10:00am-noon. Other arrangements can be made by request if this time doesn’t suit your schedule!

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Poultry at Winding Stair Farm

The animals on our farm are chosen and managed carefully to maintain healthy pasture and create as close to a closed system as we can. Icelandic sheep are rotated around the paddocks to maintain the pasture height and produce wool, occasional lamb meat, and registered ewes and rams for sale to other shepherds.

Flocks of mixed-breed heritage chickens and other poultry then follow behind the sheep, scratching in their manure and consuming pests that would negatively affect the health of grazed pasture. We breed all of the animals with a desire for foragers who produce for us without needing as much supplemental feed, which is why we have an inclination towards primitive and heritage breeds.

The health of the farm is benefited by diversity, so we try to keep guineas, ducks, and turkeys on the pasture, as well as a donkey named Momma Peaches to help deter coyotes and other predators.

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Heritage Turkeys (2018)

We are no longer accepting turkey reservations for 2018.

Winding Stair Farm is proud to present our Thanksgiving turkeys – honor the tradition of the season with one of our happy turkeys!!

In addition to being given lives that allow them to roam about the farm, it has been said that turkeys that eat grasses and legumes, who have access to adequate space, fresh air, sunshine and exercise are also nutritionally better for you.  Register for a Winding Stair Farm turkey and support a local business whose team believes in sustainable agriculture.

 

The Details:

First-come, first-served: We have a limited number of turkeys. We will fulfill orders and size preferences in the order that we receive them. We are almost full – get on the waiting list!!

Deposit required: Once we confirm your reservation, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your turkey. This deposit is a credit towards the whole bird price. (Note: refunds will be issued for the following unforeseen events: Predation, illness and catastrophic weather events could result in your turkey becoming unavailable. We will notify you immediately and issue a full refund).

Price: $6 per lb. The extra large turkeys are $5/pound. From our super large turkeys, breast $6/lb and leg+thigh $3.50/lb.

Weight: While we will do our best to provide a bird that is within a couple of pounds of your preference, we can’t guarantee that.

Pick-up and storage: Turkeys will be available for pick-up (by appointment) at Winding Stair Farm starting on Thursday, 11/18 (5:00pm-7:00pm), through Sunday, 11/19 (by 2:00pm). Customers can also opt to pick up their turkey at the Franklin Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, 10:00am-noon.

 

Food Safety considerations:

  • We will freeze your turkey, so you will need to allow 24 hours for every 4-5 lbs of meat for the turkey to unthaw in your refrigerator.
  • You should never thaw your turkey at room temperature.

Cooking: Heritage turkeys cook differently than commercial birds due to differences in fat distribution, balance of light and dark meat, and a smaller breast. We cannot be responsible for the outcome of your turkey.