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…

Adsdean Farm Shop, Chichester

Award winning turkeys and so much more from the Adsdean Farm Shop. All turkeys are dry plucked, game hung and individually boxed and are all Appledore free-range bronze turkeys. With so much produce, we’re sure you’ll find a good Christmas accompaniment for your meal too!

An Appledore free-range bronze turkey is £15 per KG. Orders are taken up to the 17 December but the sooner the better! Orders can be made for collection via online contact form, calling the shop or coming in during opening hours.

Adsdean Farm Shop
West Sussex
PO18 9DN
Adsdean Farm Website
01243 575212

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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
01825 830421 or Nev 07805102005

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 – approx £65
  • 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
  • They will be selling turkeys right up til Christmas

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

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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
East Sussex
Farm Butcher Shop: 01273 401964

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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
The Oaks Poultry Farm Facebook
Farm shop 01273 843235

Village Larder, Pulborough

Local Lewes turkeys sold from a sibling run farm with lots of other fresh produce including fruit, veg, salad and trimmings boxes to get you sorted for Christmas this year! Established in 2012, the Village Larder offers a selection of fine meats including free range and Kelly Bronze turkeys that look amazing.

For the tenth year running, their turkeys are sourced from a lovely family farm in Holmansbridge, East Sussex.

Price per KG is £10.95 for the Kelly Bronze and £12.95 for the free range. You can fill out an order form and email them from their website or you can go in store to pre-order for collection for 23, 24 December.

Last day to order is the 13 December.

Village Larder – Squires Garden Centre
London Road
West Sussex
RH20 3BP
Village Larder Website
01903 891 744