There is so much you can do with turkey from a gorgeous whole roasted turkey to ground turkey, turkey bacon and turkey sausage. It’s perfect for a healthy dinner any night of the week.
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I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Charlottesville, VA to visit with Cargill. They are the parent company of Honeysuckle Turkey and Shady Farms Turkey. They had a big announcement to make and brought a few food bloggers up to hear about their changes. What a learning experience this was! Cargill has decided to eliminate growth promoting anti-biotics from their fresh turkeys. Their philosophy is trying to feed the entire world sustainable and healthy food. So the first thing I realized was that I did not fully understand the difference between growth hormones and growth anti-biotics. Did you know that poultry farmers haven’t been able to use growth hormones in years? I didn’t. How many packages of turkey or chicken have you seen proudly displaying on their packaging that they don’t use hormones? Well, hello, none of them are supposed to. But, yup, there is a but. They could use anti-biotics that promote growth, a nice little loop hole for turkey farms.
I get approached by a lot of companies wanting me to review their products or talk about them. Most you will never hear about. Getting healthy is a journey for me, and it is really hard to get good, accurate information about food. Does your head spin when you see people fighting with each other about GMO’s or organic or low-carb versus vegan or fat versus non-fat. It drives me crazy! The answer to me is do what you need to do and what works for you. Also look at the big picture and the billions of people who need to be fed in the world. I liked Cargills philosophy, realistic health is what I want to call it. It’s what I try to do on the blog. The big impact for me was not the anti-biotics. Yes, I know that is a big thing, but what got me and continues to have me think about that trip was the relationships and feeling of family. Actually it is not just a feeling. All turkeys come from small family owned farms! I met an amazing family of farmers and had the pleasure of visiting not only their farm but their home. What graciousness and hospitality! These are the type of people who feed my soul and not just my stomach.
We got to meet Farmer Glenn and see the adorable baby turkeys. Yes, they were so cute and yes, I’ll still eat turkey. Glenn is just an amazing man. He has come up with different ways to make his farm more “green” and environmentally friendly. We then went across the street to his house and met his family. His parents were there as well as his brothers and their family and of course, Glenn’s beautiful wife and daughter. They are so proud of their farm and so warm and welcoming. Glenn even made the most amazing kettle corn in the biggest cast iron pot, I have ever seen. I don’t even like kettle corn and could have eaten his by the handful. He really should sell it! They opened up their house and lives to us. What a special experience!
So this Thanksgiving, when we are carving our turkey. I will be thinking of Glenn and his family plus the other amazing people who work with Cargill. Their graciousness and hospitality and sense of family was inspiring. It makes them a company I am more than happy to tell you about. (Nope, I haven’t been paid to tell you all this!) You don’t have to regulate turkey to Thanksgiving. Here are some of my favorite recipes that use turkey:
Happy Healthy Eating,
Do you buy from small, local farmers? What is your favorite way to eat turkey? [jetpack_subscription_form] Follow me on Pinterest Christie@Food Done Light