For many, roasted turkey is the traditional centerpiece of the holiday meal. Choosing the right turkey can be a challenge, and we’re here to help you navigate your choices.
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. We are carrying three of their selections this year.
Turkey sizes are subject to availability and may change. If you want a specific size, please check in directly with our meat department before placing your order.
Diestel turkeys are certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. These turkeys enjoy a vegetarian diet, 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.
Non-GMO Project Verified Pasture-Raised Turkeys
These turkeys were the first to obtain the highest GAP (Global Animal Partnership) rating of 5+. They are raised entirely on green, irrigated pastures in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Diestel uses a traditional style of farming, which involves replenishing the soil nutrients by raising diverse species on the land, including turkeys, chickens, goats, sheep, and hogs. Diestel ensures that every bird is given a high-quality vegetarian diet, raised on foraged feed and grains. No hormones or antibiotics are ever used.
Organic American Heirloom Turkeys
“Heirloom” or “Heritage” turkeys are truly a breed apart. These birds are descendants of turkeys that were bred and domesticated hundreds of years ago in colonial times. Like Heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables, these birds have been bred and passed down from generation to generation.
Heirloom 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. These birds 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, Heirloom turkeys must be the result of naturally mating pairs, and not artificial insemination.
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.