Talking Local Turkey
There are few things better druing the holidays than a great meal. This year why not both eat local, and eat healthy. Heritage turkey or organic chickens can be purchased from Pollo Real in Socorro, NM.
Since 1996, when Pollo Real became the first certified organic poultry farm in the United States, the farm has been New Mexico’s premier pastured poultry producers. In addition to heritage turkeys, they produce French Label Rouge Chicken, Cornish Cross Chickens. Their heritage turkey breeds include: Bourbon Reds, Broad-breasted, Spanish Black, Slate, New Hollands, and Narragansett.
The benefit is not just a great-tasting bird, it’s a healthier meal. According to the EPA, 90-95% of all pesticide residues are found in meat and dairy products, and conventional animal feed is among the most heavily sprayed crops. This means pesticides and drug residues are concentrated in animal fat. Salmonella outbreaks have also become a common issue in many chicken products that come from factory -farm poultry.
Pollo Real prevents these problems by moving their poultry on a daily basis in portable pens through fields planted with chicory, millet, wheatgrass and brassicas. In addition the birds' diets are supplemented with wholesome grains. There are no pesticides used, no meat by -products are fed to the poultry, they don’t use antibiotics or drugs, growth enhancers or hormones. A whole bird chicken can be had for as little as $4.25/lb
At Pollo Real, chickens are also harvested right on the farm. This eliminates long-
distance hauling, so there is no undue stress or injury to the birds. The farm has a USDA inspected processing facility, and they offer chicken that can be kept fresh for over two weeks.
To contact Pollo Real, visit polloreal.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pollo Real is regularly at the Santa Fe Farmer’s market.
If you’re looking for a change of pace, also consider ordering local lamb that’s sustainably raised.
Dunhill Ranch near Magdalena offers all-natural, grassfed lamb raised without antibiotics, hormones or chemicals. Lamb can be bought packaged by the pound, or by the whole or half lamb.
Lambs are typically available from August through November, but they are often sold out before Christmas. Lambs can also be reserved year round.
Dunhill Ranch lambs can be ordered online, they do local delivery, or can be picked up from the farm. For more information visit dunhillranch.com, call 575-854-2847 or email email@example.com.
Also, don’t forget that many local ranchers raise Black Angus beef. While it’s too late this year to get an order in for a roast for the holidays, think about going in with neighbors to order a half or whole cow to fill your freezer with local, grass-fed beef. The cost for beef per pound is much less than what you’ll pay for in a grocery store, and the taste can’t be beat.