Spanning four generations our family has been raising turkeys on our Alberta farm near Dalemead. In 2008 we celebrated our 50th year raising “Winter’s Turkeys”.Our flocks are primarily hens, raised to a plump 17 to 22 pounds. This ensures an excellent finish and produces a naturally self basting turkey with a delicious flavor. Our turkeys are available fresh for Thanksgiving and Christmas and frozen throughout the year. We offer a wide variety of frozen products made from 100% turkey meat including smoked turkey, smokies, sausage, luncheon meat and jerky. We also supply ground turkey, patties, roasts, filets, turkey stock and turkey pieces. Winter’s Turkey products are gluten free, dairy free, nitrate free and made with no added MSG.
Our free range protocol ensures no antibiotics, no growth hormones and no animal by-products are used. Our birds range in sunshine and fresh air and have unlimited access to the outdoors. They are provided a whole grain diet that is supplemented with organic greens and forage. Their total diet is 65% whole grain and they are fed 90% whole grain as a finishing ration. Our birds are humanely raised with total consideration for their comfort and well being. They are regularly provided with clean bedding and have unlimited access to fresh water.
In 2000 we began raising a certified organic flock which includes the free range protocol and ensures all feed and bedding is certified organic. In 2010 we introduced the Orlopp Bronze heirloom turkeys to our farm and raise them as certified organic.
Over the years we have been privileged to reliably provide savoury turkeys to for countless family feasts and celebrations and everyday meals and occasions. We have built our reputation on quality and make every effort to maintain it.
We are dedicated to practicing sustainability for our planet and providing respectful husbandry for our animals. We grow some of our own grain to feed the birds and use the straw for bedding. We fertilize the crops with our composted bedding and manure to build the fertility of our soil. Half of the 480 acres are certified organic.
Corinne and I have been operating the family farm since 1976. Our children, Curtis and Laurel still help when they can and have lots of interest in keeping the operation viable. Slow food has taught us that our customers are actually co-producers and with our co-producers support, small family farms like ours will continue to survive and provide good, clean and fair food for years to come.