TURKEY ORDER FORM:
CLICK ON THE PICTURE OF THE COOKED TURKEY, ABOVE, to download our turkey order form
We ARE taking orders for both Heritage and Conventional Turkeys. Click on the picture of the turkey, above. Fill out the form and either mail it with your $50 deposit check, or email it to and ask us to send you an emailed invoice that you can pay the deposit online.
Once your order is secured, you will get a confirmation email. Keep an eye out for it and let us kow if you don't see it.
Frequently asked Questions:
Can I pick up my turkey BEFORE Tuesday?
Unfortunately, no. At this point, we have locked in our processing date (Monday night), and unless you want to butcher your own, they will not be ready for pickup until Tuesday night. A freshly killed bird has to chill for at least 12 hours before it can be bagged, so there is no way to pick up sooner.
We will be offering five pickup options:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26th:
1. Tuesday, November 26th at the farm in MALVERN (5 - 7 pm): 2138 Valley Hill Road, Malvern, PA
2. Tuesday, November 26th at Church of the Good Shepherd: 1116 Lancaster Avenue in Rosemont between 5 pm and 7 pm
3. Tuesday, November 26th at the Lower Section of the Kennett Library Parking Lot (108 Church Alley) in Kennett Square between 6 and 7 pm
4. Tuesday, November 26th at Calvary United Methodist Church in Ambler between 6:15 and 7:15
What about the Saturday before?
We have now passed the time for being able to arrange Friday processings, so all of our turkeys will be butchered on Monday the 25th.
How do I order?
Click on the picture above (of the turkey) and fill out our Thanksgiving Turkey order form. Fill out 1 form for each bird you order (2 birds = 2 forms). We require a $50 deposit to secure your turkey reservation, so you can mail a check to "Canter Hill Farm" along with your order form, or you can go to one of the markets we attend and pay your deposit in cash or via check or card.
What are the prices and poundage?
As you'll see on the form, we raise both a small amount of conventional breed turkeys and a larger amount of heritage. Conventional turkeys are $5.50 / lb and Heritage are $8.50 / lb. We have you select your target weight range (3 lb increments) when you order, and we'll do our best to hit squarely in that range.
Are you sold out of any types or sizes?
Yes. Our smallest category of Heritage (14 - 16 lbs) is sold out. Heritage birds begin at 16 - 18 lbs. Similarly, our smallest (14 lbs) Conventionals are fully claimed. Conventionals begin at 15 lbs.
Can I get a smaller bird?
No. If you don't see a small enough size listed, it's because we don't process them that small (we keep them for Christmas or breeding) or because we're sold out. Please select from the sizes shown.
Can I get a breast or legs?
Absolutely. We request a $10 deposit for a bone-in turkey breast, and please let us know what size (smallest are around 5 lbs, largest around 12) you'd like to target. You can email this or use and order form.
How do I transport and store my turkey?
Caring for your turkey after pickup:
For two days (from Tuesday to Thursday), a fridge should be fine. Please note that simply storing your turkey in the fridge is not recommended, because fridge temperatures vary (opening and closing) and different spots within the fridge may have different temperatures. The best method to store your turkey is to put it in a trash bag filled with ice and put that bag inside a cooler outside (and don't open and close it a lot). We check the cooler once a day to be sure there's still frozen ice (versus ice water) and replenish the ice if it has melted. It's low-tech, but we've been doing it for 10 years and never had any problems!
What else should I know?
First, your turkey deposit is refundable until November 10th. Any cancellations after that point will forfeit the deposit.
Second, you can (everybody does) change sizes up until Wednesday, November 20th as long as we have some capacity available at that size. Please do so via email so that we have a written way to track the changes:
How will I know you got my order?
We send out confirmation emails within a week after you place your order. We also use email to remind you about your turkey pickup, and to email cooking instructions. It's CRITICAL that your email be readable on your form, so write slowly :)
Can I pick up other items at Turkey Pickup?
This answer depends on WHERE you pick up. Due to a huge volume of people and a small space in Bryn Mawr / Rosement, we will ONLY be handing out turkeys there this year. If you want other items, you have a bunch of options:
1. Shop on Saturday, 11/23 at the Bryn Mawr farmer's market
2. Pick up in Kennett Square, Ambler or the Farm.
PLEASE, PLEASE pre-order turkey cuts and turkey stock in advance. We ALWAYS sell out, and hate to send you home without it.
How do I store it / cook it?
If I get a turkey the Saturday before Thanksgiving, where will I keep it?
We know it’s hard to remember when it was cold outside, but those days will return. In past years, we put our turkey in cooler filled with ice and put the cooler outside. This typically stays cold without replacing the ice for 4 – 5 days.
Should I brine my turkey?
Sure – but don’t plan on brining for too long – particularly if you purchase a Heritage Bird. Brining makes the meat tender, but pasture raised turkeys are tender, and they have less body fat.One chef brined for 24 hours and found his turkey was cooked.I brine overnight the night before Thanksgiving.
How should I brine my turkey?
We’ll give more instructions on this in our cooking directions, but logistically, I use a cooler and put the turkey into a brine of salt water mixed with herbs, lemon and sometimes cranberries. I put the turkey and the brine into a double trash bag and put this into a cooler with a bit of ice in it to keep it cool. It’s not fancy, but it works well.
Is there a difference between a hen and a tom?
Yes. One is a girl and one's a boy. Did you mean the tenderness? No. All of our turkeys being processed are less than a year old. The concern about the difference in taste is that older Toms can become tough (I’m so tempted to insert a sarcastic comment about Wayne here, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ll resist the urge). Under 1 year, there is really no difference in tenderness or taste, the key difference is size.
Can I get back the giblets? Of course! They’ll be inside your bird.
What happens if I need to change the size and/or the pickup location for my bird?
We’re happy to make changes, so long as we still have birds of your target size available and space at each pickup location. We have maximums for each pickup location based on how many coolers we have and can take. Last year, we had a few people wanting a smaller turkey, so many of our requests for larger birds (and there were A LOT of those) could easily be matched with someone reducing. We’ll do our very best!!
How long do I have to place an order?
You can order until the turkeys are all sold out. Last year, we had all our turkeys reserved by October 15th, so don’t wait too long. We have significantly more Heritage birds this year, so we won’t sell out the first day!
Can I get my turkey cut up / spatcocked?
Unfortunately, due to the MASSIVE volume of turkeys our butcher is processing for us and for other farms, he simply cannot handle "custom cut-ups". Let me clarify. A custom cut-up is when someone orders a certain pound whole turkey but THEN wants it cut a certain way. We have a certain number of our turkeys cut up into whole breasts, leg/thigh and wings, so you can purchase turkey cuts, but these cuts aren't attributed to a certain pound bird. (If you want more detail into the inner workings of this process, email me, and I'll talk your ear off!) So, you can get cuts, but you can't order a whole bird and then ask for it to be cut up.
HERITAGE V. CONVENTIONAL
We believe that Heritage turkeys offer superior flavor and are healthier than a commercial bird, although we raise our Conventional birds identically to our method for raising Heritage.
HERITAGE: Our birds are Naragansetts, Spanish Blacks and Bourban Reds, and some crosses as our ladies and gents mingle. Heritage turkeys have more dark meat and will have a redder color, even when fully cooked. They grow more slowly, with a typical hen reaching a processed weight of 14 - 18 lbs and toms at 16 - 22 lbs.
CONVENTIONAL: Conventional birds will have a greater amount of breast meat and tend to be "juicier", although we believe Heritage birds are more flavorful. Conventional birds reach much larger weights - 18 - 28 lbs for hens and up to 40 lbs for toms.
HOW ARE THEY RAISED?
All of our birds are raised on pasture and they wander around the farm and into the woods. We offer them a custom-milled, soy-free (and corn-lite) organic feed. They are completely chemical free (no antibiotics, hormones or anything) and are humanely processed just before Thanksgiving.