Pastured Turkey is a great source of lean meat protein and is very rich in B vitamins and zinc, as well as a great source of tryptophan (a brain nutrient known for it's anti-anxiety effect). BUT, only grassfed and pastured turkeys and chickens are rich in Tryptophan. Corn and grain fed animals do NOT contain the same levels of healthy amino acids and nutrients, and contain a higher ratio of inflammatory fats than pastured turkeys and chickens.
These pastured turkeys are free-roaming and enjoy natural sunlight and disease free living conditions!
What do the Millers Organic Farm Turkeys eat?
They get to forage naturally for their typical diet of insects, worms, seeds, and plants. In addition, they are given healthy food scraps/leftovers from the farmer's kitchen (which they love!), and a mineral supplement feed (see Description tab for details).
Why is PASTURED Organic Turkey Best?
Pastured means the animals are free roaming in nature and not confined in a small box their whole life. They get fresh air and sunlight, and forage for foods like insects and plants naturally found outdoors. This results in a very healthy animal who never needs to be given any antibiotics, and thus healthy, delicious food for you to eat!
How do "Pastured" Turkeys differ from what I can buy at the supermarket?
Organic Turkeys may or may not be free roaming/pastured. This depends on the farm they are from so it's best that you ask if it does not specifically state "Pastured" or "Free Roaming". Organic Turkeys eat pesticide-free, chemical-free, and GMO-free feed which is important, and are not given any antibiotics. Choose this option as second best to Pastured + Organic Turkeys.
"All Natural" (also found in stores) means it that does not contain artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and is minimally processed. The term Free Range doesn't necessarily guarantee a clean, safe area outdoors, and those birds can be treated with antibiotics. Know your farm. If you are not getting an organic bird, at the very least, make sure to choose an AF (antibiotic- & hormone-free) bird and one that has room to move from a farm that is animal friendly.
Conventional Turkeys found in grocery stores are packed tight indoors in cages. Because of their close quarters, they are routinely fed antibiotics to ward off infection. They dine on GMO soy and corn instead of natural food, and their corn and soy-meal was sprayed with pesticides. Their environment is filled with the strong stench of their fecal mater which is usually piled high in their cage and filled with toxic bacteria. They live very stressed lives.