Tag: Heritage


Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted Root Veggies

So simple, so versatile – easily our favorite winter side dish.

Relatively inexpensive and packed with nutrients, they are a great way to support an independent farmer during the slow winter season. For this recipe we suggest any combination of potato, sweet potato, onion, leek, rutabaga, parsnip, beet, and sunchoke.

heritage turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, kicking off the winter holiday season. For us Thanksgiving is about sharing a meal, creating memories with loved ones. We are proud to help you bring friends and family together to celebrate over a feast of rare and heritage breed foods.

At the core of our business we really have you to thank – we wouldn’t have been able to increase our farmer network over the past decade to roughly 80 farmers and artisans. Likewise, the farmers and artisans would not be able to have increased the availability of these rare products to such an extent without your support and commitment. Of the over 51 million turkeys that will be consumed next week, less than 1% are heritage breed. Each year we have increased that percentage and hope to continue to do so so that heritage turkey will be on the table for generations to come.

Standard Bronze Turkey

Heritage / Heirloom

Agriculture began with humans saving and planting seeds and keeping animals. Communities selected traits over generations based on the needs of the culture andRed Wattle landscape. These animals and plants were passed down through generations, continuously improving as mutual dependence between the culture and food deepened.

In this way food is cultural legacy – future generation’s inheritance, kept and passed on.

Merriam-Webster defines Heirloom and Heritage:

Heirloom:
1: a piece of property that descends to the heir as an inseparable part of an inheritance of real property
2: something of special value handed on from one generation to another
3: a horticultural variety that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals

Heritage:
1: property that descends to an heir
2a: something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor : legacy, inheritance;
2b: tradition
3: something possessed as a result of one’s natural situation or birth : birthright <the nation’s heritage of tolerance>

 

Standard Bronze Turkey

How The Livestock Conservancy defines heritage breed:

Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice. These breeds were carefully selected and bred over time to develop traits that made them well-adapted to the local environment and they thrived under farming practices and cultural conditions that are very different from those found in modern agriculture.

Traditional, historic breeds retain essential attributes for survival and self-sufficiency – fertility, foraging ability, longevity, maternal instincts, ability to mate naturally, and resistance to diseases and parasites.

Heritage animals once roamed the pastures of America’s pastoral landscape, but today these breeds are in danger of extinction. Modern agriculture has changed, causing many of these breeds to fall out of favor. Heritage breeds store a wealth of genetic resources that are important for our future and the future of our agricultural food system.

Seed saving and genetic selection has changed drastically over the past several decades. So fast that law, morality, and popular discourse are struggling toSimmental keep up with the pace of these changes. One aspect of these debates that Heritage Foods USA feels strongly about is sustaining lines of genetic diversity within the food system.

We believe these heritage breeds of livestock are a key to a more sustainable food system and as we say, we must “Eat them to save them”.

Union Square Cafe

A Heritage Chicken Cacciatore Recipe from Union Square Cafe’s Carmen Quagliata!

Union Square Cafe’s Executive Chef and Partner, Carmen Quagliata, is passionate about his native Italian cuisine. Carmen’s culinary style was formed by the Sicilian matriarchs of his family, who made sausage and bread by hand and grew pole beans from seeds carried across the Atlantic by their Italian kin.

Florence Fabricant Loves our Anchovies!

Anchovies from Italy
Photo Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

We are so proud that our anchovies got a mention in Florence Fabricant’s article in the New York Dining section today! Florence Fabricant Loves our Anchovies and we know you will too. We have olive oil and garlic with parsley.  

To Savor: For Connoisseurs of Very Small Fish

Those of us who like our anchovies rich and meaty are often disappointed by the ones sold at many supermarkets; while flavorful, they often tend to be flimsy or skimpy. Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food, is an anchovy aficionado who likes his from Italy, hand-packed in olive oil. These are available for the next few weeks, either plain or seasoned with garlic and parsley: I Sapori del Mare anchovies are $22 for a six-ounce jar from (718) 389-0985 or heritagefoodsusa.com.

Pawpaw Season: don’t blink or you’ll miss it!

paw pawIt is Pawpaw season! Our Heritage pawpaws come from the rolling hills of Carroll County Maryland at the Deep Run Pawpaw Orchard where Jim Davis has been raising these fruits for over 10 years! The pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to the United States. Pawpaws are indigenous to 26 states in the US, rangeing from northern Florida to southern Ontario and as far west as eastern Nebraska.

They have provided delicious and nutritious food for Native Americans, European explorers, settlers and wild animals. They are still enjoyed in modern America, chiefly in rural areas. There are more than 27 varieties currently available.

Deep Run Pawpaw Orchard produces seven named varieties of pawpaw:

  1. Susquehanna – sweet, mild
  2. Alleghany – sweet, mild (great in ice cream!)
  3. Overleese – sweet and fruity
  4. Shenandoah – sweet tasting, fruity flavor
  5. Pennsylvania Gold – Stronger flavor
  6. Taytwo – Stronger flavor

Each fruit will be marked so that you know what you are eating.

The unique flavor of the pawpaw fruit resembles a blend of various tropical flavors, including banana, pineapple and mango. The common names, ‘poor man’s banana’, ‘American custard pie’, and ‘Kentucky banana’ reflect these qualities.

Our Pawpaw are on pre-sale now – don’t wait because they have a short season and sell out quickly.

It’s Heritage Turkey Time!

 

Narragansett Turkeys at Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch
Narragansett Turkeys at Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch

It’s Heritage Turkey Time! Over the past decade, Heritage Foods USA has been a leader in the food revolution in the United States. Selling Heritage Breed Turkeys is just one aspect of our work in supporting American agriculture in the form of traditional family farms, and careful stewardship of our national resources. Nothing exemplifies the spirit of our commitment more than our Heritage birds for Thanksgiving.

We want all our customers to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. We at Heritage have much to be grateful for. With the ongoing support of our customer base, we are able sustain 40 family farms, with more being added every month. We have helped to preserve an area roughly the size of Manhattan for traditional agriculture!

Our turkeys are produced by Frank Reese and his team at Good Shepherd. Frank essentially introduced a gastronomic meaning to the word “heritage” in the English language! While many farmers now use the term, Frank and his team raise the truest example of the original Heritage Turkey: according to the USDA, he remains the only farmer allowed to use the name “Heritage” on his label thanks to certification by the oldest agricultural organization in North America, the American Poultry Association. All Heritage Turkeys are certified to be humanely raised with no antibiotics at all, ever.

Bourbon Red Turkey at Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch
Bourbon Red Turkey at Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch

Heritage Turkeys come from bloodlines dating back to the mid 1800s. The unbelievable flavor of the white and dark meat has been heralded by the greatest chefs of our time. So remember to order your Heritage Turkey early!

Heritage Turkeys arrive the Tuesday before Thanksgiving via FedEx. Get yours today!

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