Choosing Your Holiday Turkey

November 4, 2022|
2 minute read


For so many of us, roasted turkey plays a starring role in our holiday celebrations. Selecting the perfect variety is key, and we’re here to help you navigate your choices.
For so many of us, roasted turkey plays a starring role in our holiday celebrations. Selecting the perfect variety is key, and we’re here to help you navigate your choices.

We are offering 2 turkey varieties from Diestel this year. The Diestel family has been raising turkeys with pride and care for over 100 years. Diestel Ranch is family-owned and operated to this day, comprising 400 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills.


Organic Turkeys

Our most popular option is the Diestel Certified Organic Turkey. These turkeys enjoy a vegetarian diet that is free of GMOs and loaded with vitamins and minerals. The feed is milled fresh daily on the farm, and is never pelletized. Diestel turkeys are also free from hormones, antibiotics, and growth stimulants.

Organic American Heirloom Turkeys

“Heirloom” or “Heritage” turkeys are truly exceptional birds. These Auburn, Black, and American Bronze turkeys are rare breeds that have been around for hundreds of years. Like heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables, these turkeys have been bred and passed down from generation to generation.

Heritage turkeys are defined by criteria set by the Livestock Conservancy and the American Poultry Association. They must have a long productive lifespan and be genetically able

to withstand their natural environment. Heritage turkeys must have a slower rate of growth, which gives them time to develop a strong skeletal structure and healthy organs before building muscle mass. Lastly, Heritage turkeys must be the result of naturally mating pairs, and not artificially inseminated. Diestel’s Heirloom Turkeys are certified organic and fed a vegetarian diet that’s free of GMOs, animal by-products, antibiotics, growth enhancers and hormones.




Visit us online at to reserve your turkey, or fill out a paper order form from our Meat department. Additional Non-GMO and Organic turkey varieties may be available in limited quantities. Ask at our Meat Counter.

A Note About This Year’s Turkey Supply

If you’ve been monitoring the news lately, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about a turkey shortage that is impacting farmers across the country. This year, a particularly virulent strain of the avian flu is circulating, and it has greatly reduced the number of turkeys available from suppliers.

At Good Earth, we expect to have a reduced number of turkeys to offer customers this year. While our inventory will be slightly limited, our pricing will remain consistent with pricing from year’s past. We recommend that you order your bird as early as possible, and that you maintain flexibility around sizing, as some sizes of turkey may sellout more quickly that others. You can order online at, or in-person at our Meat counter.

We are also offering a number of great alternatives to turkey in our Meat department. We’ll have beef and pork tenderloin roasts, as well as standing rib roasts. If you’re hoping to stick with poultry for the holidays, we recommend pasture-raised chickens or Cornish game hens. Our Meat & Seafood staff members are always available to make a recommendation if you need some inspiration!

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