We are now taking orders for Christmas and as with previous years our superb turkeys are produced by The Tasty Turkey Company at Eastwick Hall Farm in Harlow.
The turkeys arrive with them at the end of June as day old poults. They are then reared under heat for about 4 weeks until they are ready to be put into the outside barn at around 6-8 weeks of age. From about 9 weeks onwards, the turkeys are big enough to be released in to a grass paddock next to their shed. Here they are free to walk in and out of the barn as they please and bask all day in the sunshine (and the rain, which they seem to love!) They are shut up in the freshly strawed barn every night, to protect them from any unwanted predators! Throughout their 24 weeks on the farm, they are fed a diet which is produced from locally grown cereals and contains no antibiotics or growth promoters.
Peter and his team begin processing the birds in the second week of December, all of the birds being processed by themselves on the farm. Once plucked they are hung in a chilled environment for approximately 7-10 days in order to give them a more succulent texture and flavour. The birds are then eviscerated and packed in a special, easy to handle, turkey box complete with vacuum packed giblets, full cooking instructions and a pop Up Turkey Timer to ensure that your bird is cooked to perfection whether this is the first time you have cooked Christmas lunch or you are experienced!
As a guide, the amount of turkey required per person is approximately 800g for whole birds and 400g for crowns.
This will give you enough meat for Christmas Day and for some delicious turkey sandwiches afterwards.
PLEASE NOTE: Turkeys will be delivered on Tuesday 22nd December or Wednesday 23rd December.