Free Range Turkeys Best of the Best!

By Dawnie November 1, 2011

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Are you holding out for the sales at your local grocery market for the cheapest price per pound you can get?  Have you ever considered going a natural route?  A free range route?  Did you realize there is a local farmer who has a passion for free range turkeys and is ready to take your order for this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday? No Antibiotics.  No Hormones.  All Natural. Sound too good to be true?  Let’s tell you what is so special about these birds!

Branigan’s family owned turkey farm was established in 1942 in Woodland, California. The farm raises between 18,000 to 20,000 turkeys each year.
The reason that Branigan’s Turkeys are different from regular store bought turkeys is that they are raised longer. Most turkeys are processed at 16 weeks. Although they are considered mature turkeys at this age, Branigan’s feel that they must be raised longer to acquire a proper meat finish. It’s expensive to feed turkeys after 16 weeks because their weight gain per pound of feed decreases, but they feel it’s the only way to achieve a quality bird. Therefore, Branigan’s raises their turkeys 25 to 27 weeks to acquire that proper finish. By raising the turkeys longer, they develop a thin film of fat under the skin that makes them self-basting, so you don’t have to add any type of oil or butter. You just let the turkey cook in its own natural juices.
Besides being raised for quality flavor and value (more meat per bone), Branigan Turkeys are also processed for the same. Every bird has all fine pin feathers removed and kidneys removed (excess weight). The giblets and neck are properly packaged and stored in the turkey cavity, and our turkeys are chilled with ice before final packaging.

Where to find Branigan Turkeys in the local area is easy!  You can directly order from Branigan’s Turkey Farm: 530-662-4205 or visit one of the local meat departments in the Sacramento area that are taking orders now.  Visit Branigan’s website: for more listings in the Northern California region.