For many of us, holiday meals are summed up by one thing – a golden, crispy-skinned turkey that’s roasted to perfection. The roast turkey has become symbolic of the holiday dinner, but how much do we really know about where these turkeys come from? When we see frozen turkeys in the supermarket, chances are we’re envisioning the delicious meal it will become, not wondering about the conditions in which it was raised. But with issues of animal cruelty making the news and more people trying to make ethical decisions about the food they eat, where that bird comes from might soon be as important as where it’s going. At SPUD we carefully select where our turkeys come from, so that you can be sure that your thanksgiving turkey has been ethically raised by dedicated local farmers.
At SPUD Vancouver, our turkeys are from the family run Skye Hi Farm, in the Fraser Valley. Owner, Trevor Allen and his wife, Donna both grew up on farms and have continued to farm in the Fraser Valley where they have been raising free-range turkeys for over 25 years!
Skye Hi Farm is one of the only producers in Canada that has a third party audited, Canadian Foods Inspection Agency approved, free-range, antibiotic-free certified program in place. That means their birds are not given any growth hormones, medications, or antibiotics. Their birds are fed a free-choice grain diet – they get to eat what they want, when they are hungry, as opposed to being force-fed. They are also given access to grass pastures where they can roam and forage.