Where to get a free range turkey in Sussex

Time to talk turkey. We look at some of the best free range turkey farms in Sussex

If you’re anything like us, where you get your food is important to you. And if you’re getting a turkey for Christmas, you want to make sure it’s a good free range bird that’s had a happy life.

So we’ve done a little research for you and found some of the best free range turkey farms in Sussex. Your local/favourite butcher may well stock turkeys from some of these places, or others, so ask where your bird comes from. But as a shortcut here’s a few farms we liked who we felt were doing a really good job…

Free range turkeys on Badgers Mead Farm Sussex Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.uk

Badgers Mead Farm, Mayfield

Badgers produce KellyBronze turkeys (above), which they say are “the Rolls Royce of turkeys.” They’re all free range, reared for 6 months, dry plucked, hung for 10-14 days and then boxed with cooking instructions and a meat thermometer. They are reared traditionally, roaming freely in pastures and at night sheltering in open-sided barns with deep straw and plenty of fresh air.

  • 12lb is approximately 5kg and a 5-6kg turkey is £76.36
    Collection only but they have a lot of collection points through Sussex, Surrey and Kent
    There are plenty left and they take orders until approx 16th December. If online orders have closed then customers can still ring the farm to check the stock levels

Badgers Mead Farm
Heathfield Road
Five Ashes, Mayfield
East Sussex TN20 6JJ
www.badgersmeadfarm.co.uk
01825 830421 or Nev 07805102005

 

Upper Fairlight Farm free range turkeys Sussex Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.uk

Upper Fairlight, East Grinstead

This is a family farm that has been raising turkeys for over 40 years. One of the few that raise turkeys from day old chicks, because as they point out, they’re “very sensitive and difficult to raise!”

They leave turkeys to hang for approximately 10 days, in order to produce the enzymes that break down the meat making the meat extra tender and tasty. The birds are fully free range with fields to roam in and the farm has a 5 Star hygiene rating

  • Average price for a 12lb turkey – £3.90 per lb so approx £47
    Customers collect direct from the farm although they do cover a wide area, and they also supply produce from local farm shops, ready packed for collection with their turkey – meats, veg, stuffing etc. A one-stop shop! Order details on their Facebook page
    And they will be selling turkeys right up til Christmas

Upper Fairlight Farm
Holtye Rd
East Grinstead
RH19 3QF
Upper Fairlight Farm Facebook
01342 312221

 

Holmansbridge free range turkeys Sussex Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.uk

Holmansbridge Farm, Barcombe

Holmansbridge Farm has been raising turkeys for generations, and they say “Our turkeys are reared in heated enclosures and when they are old enough, we move them either to open-sided pole barns with deep straw beds or they become free range in one of the farm’s fields. This has been our families preferred method for over 80 years.”

The bronze and white turkeys grow slowly and naturally, and are fed on a balanced cereal diet rich in oats that contains no growth promoting additives. The birds are hand plucked in traditional fashion and then hung to develop a richer, fuller flavour.

  • Average price for 12lb (5.5kg) turkey is around £55
    Collection only, no deliveries – but you can order online
    Plenty left in stock

Holmansbridge Farm
Townlittleworth Road
Barcombe
East Sussex
BN8 4TD
www.holmansbridgefarm.com
Farm Butcher Shop: 01273 401964

Oaks Poultry Farm turkeys Sussex Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.uk

The Oaks Poultry Farm / Perretts Farm, Ditchling

The turkeys are housed in big barns with plenty of room to move around and exercise. The Perretts say, “From our experience, turkeys don’t like to be outside at this time of year!”

Their products are reared on the farm from day-old chicks and stay on the farm until they are sold through their own farm shop during Christmas week. They don’t only sell turkeys, but a full range of fresh Christmas meat, from goose to gammon. Each year they host an open farm day in May where the public can view the baby chicks and goslings. Proceeds for this day go to local charities.

  • Average price for 12lb (5.5kg) turkey £52.80
    They don’t deliver, but customers can pick up the turkeys from the farm shop on the outskirts of Ditchling
    Plenty left in stock

The Oaks Poultry Farm
Common Lane
Ditchling
Hassocks
BN6 8TN
The Oaks Poultry Farm Facebook
Farm shop 01273 843235

Sam Harrington-Lowe

Sam Harrington-Lowe

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As the managing editor Sam is responsible for the content of all the Title publications and works diligently to develop the brand and support relationships with all partners and clients.
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