Each year we visit the farm from where we source our Christmas Turkeys, Geese and Chickens to meet the farmer and see how the birds we will be preparing for you at Christmas are coming along. The birds have acres of paddocks to roam in, but as you can see in the photo's, sometimes they prefer to flock together.
Free Range Bronze Turkeys
Bronze Turkeys, the name derives from the colour of the plumage, are a slow-growing strain which enables the development of firm-textured meat with a fuller, delicious flavour. The bronze turkeys are raised free range in large grass paddocks at Herons Farm in Essex.
The turkeys meet the strict standards of the Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association and are awarded a Golden Promise certificate. You can find turkey cooking instructions by following the link to their website. We also supply Turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Free Range Geese
The type of goose raised on the farm is the Norfolk goose. They arrive at the farm as day-old goslings in April and May and like the turkeys are reared slowly in grass paddocks - just 40 to 50 to the acre. They are fed on natural foods containing no additives or growth promoters.
As a guide a small goose will feed up to 4, medium up to 7, and large up to 10.
Free Range Chickens
These are brought on more slowly than supermarket varieties. As a result the bird has a greatly improved texture and an old-fashioned 'real chicken' taste.
Three Bird Roast - Goose, Chicken & Pheasant
For a really special Christmas treat this year, try a three bird roast. It's a goose stuffed with a chicken, which in turn is stuffed with a pheasant! The roast is layered with apricot and sage stuffing and boned for ease in carving. A wonderful Christmas dish hot or cold; feeds about 15 people.
You can find cooking instructions for the Three Bird Roast by following the link.
With your goose or turkey we supply the 'Pop-Rite Cooking Timer' that you simply insert into the breast of the bird. When the timer pops up your bird will be deliciously done.
Prices for Christmas birds will be posted here soon.
Order Now For Christmas
We will be taking orders for Christmas from now until 16th December. You can call into the shop to place your order or phone, or email us. As we are sure you will understand, we can only take phone and email orders from customers already known to us.
Christmas & New Year Opening Times
You can check our Christmas and New Year opening times on our contact page. You will be able to collect your order from about noon on Friday 22nd December.