How Turkeys Are Raised, Turkey Giveaways and Must-Try Recipes

Everywhere you turn this time of year, it is all about turkeys. We are in the post pumpkin pre Christmas tree season. And while turkeys are beginning to fill the bins at the grocery store, I thought I would share little peek into what a turkey farmer and farm is today.

Turkey farm family from Iowa
Meet the Olthoff family. They raise 20,000 turkeys. They get all 20,000 male baby turkeys (poults) at 1 day old.  The baby turkeys are delivered to a toasty warm barn. The temperature in the barn is controlled by a thermostat, and there are vents that open and close automatically to help adjust it if needed.  The turkeys are not in cages – instead they are on sawdust bedding from a local sawmill.

Baby Turkeys getting their new home.

When the turkeys are five weeks old they get moved to new barns where they spend the rest of their lives, about 14 more weeks. While the turkeys they raise are used in lunchmeat, the process for whole turkeys like we eat for Thanksgiving are raised in the same way. Want to know more? Be sure to check out the children’s book they just published. And win it and a turkey!

Whole Turkey Giveaway

That’s right, I am giving away a turkey. You can choose the turkey of your choice from Honey Baked Ham. You can choose whole turkeys that are browned and roasted, smoked or cajun. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know which kind of turkey you would love to have on Thanksgiving!

While we all plan and plot what to make for Turkey day, here are a few tried and trued recommendations from a few of my favorite bloggers.

Turkey:

Brined Thanksgiving Turkey

Brined Thanksgiving TurkeyCrock Pot Turkey Breast

Crock Pot Turkey Breast

Side Dishes:

Crock Pot Corn Casserole

Crock Pot Corn CasseroleSlow Cooker Cornbread Dressing

Slow Cooker Cornbread DressingMom’s Turkey Dressing

Mom's Turkey DressingHis and Her Sweet Potato Casserole

His and Her Sweet Potato CasseroleCandied Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

Candied Sweet Potatoes with PecansButternut Squash Souffle

Butternut squash souffleMelissa’s Macaroni and Cheese 

Melissa's Macaroni and Cheese

Italian Green Beans

Italian Green BeansGreen Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions. The most amazing slow cooked mushrooms are so amazing.

 Salads:

24 Hour Fruit Salad

24 Hour Fruit Salad

Cranberry Salad 

Cranberry Salad

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

 Desserts:

Pumpkin Squares

Pumpkin Squares

Southern Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

 Pumpkin Crunch

My favorite pumpkin crunch recipe is an easy fall dessert. It is so good.

Still haven’t seen the recipe you are craving. Well check out the Holiday Pinterest board for Recipes That Crock.

Need help with the leftovers? Check out this turkey rice soup. Or this entire list of leftover Thanksgiving recipes that utilized all the leftovers, not just the turkey.

Don’t forget to register to win a whole turkey, fully cooked and a children’s book about a turkey farm. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know which kind of turkey you would love to have on Thanksgiving! You can choose whole turkeys that are browned and roasted, smoked or cajun. The giveaway will close on November 17 at midnight. Be sure not to miss out!

 This post was sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Opinions and recommendations are all mine.

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