Not your basic Butterball: People are gobbling up heritage turkeys

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heritage turkeyBY CHARLOTTE WILDER

When Stephanie Lesnik talks about her heritage turkeys, it sounds like she’s quoting one of Carrie Bradshaw’s monologues in Sex and the City.

“She’s difficult to pin down,” Lesnik said, describing of one of her Bourbon Red turkeys. “She will fly away. She’s very close to a wild type of bird.”

The birds Lesnik raises at Field House Farm in Madison, Connecticut, are as close to wild turkeys as you can get without chasing one down as it wanders across a suburban road. They have fairly small breasts and large, meaty legs, which is how turkeys naturally grew before large-scale agriculture came along, she explained.  (Read the full article)