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American Artisanal Cider
Hand Crafted Root Beer
Greenthread tea
Bronx Grapes
Charbono Grape of California
Napa Gamay/Valdiguie Grape of California
Norton Grape

Chapalote Corn
Roy’s Calais Flint Corn
Tuscarora White Corn
Anishinaabeg Manoomin
Carolina Gold Rice
New Orleans French Bread

Creole Cream Cheese
Dry Monterey Jack Cheese

American Heirloom Apples
Capitol Reef Apple
Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple

Blenheim Apricot

Popenoe Avocado
Puebla Avocado

Bronx Grapes
Charbono Grape of California
Napa Gamay/Valdiguie Grape of California
Norton Grape

Meyer Lemon of California's Central Coast

Crane Melon

California Mission Olive

Inland Empire Old-Grove Orange


Baby Crawford peach
Fay Elberta Peach
Oldmixon Free peach
Rio Oso Gem peach
Silver Logan peach
Sun Crest peach

American Heirloom Pears

Beaver Dam Pepper
Bull Nose Large Bell Pepper
Fish pepper
Hinkelhatz Hot Pepper
Jimmy Nardello's Sweet Italian Frying Pepper
New Mexico Native Chiles
Sheepnose Pimiento
Wenk's Yellow Hot Pepper
Chiltepin Chile

American Persimmon
Japanese Massaged Dried Persimmon

American Wild Plum
Elephant Heart plum
Inca plum
Laroda plum
Mariposa plum
Padre plum

Meech’s Prolific quince

Louisiana Satsuma

Algonquin Squash
Amish Pie squash
Boston Marrow squash
Green-striped Cushaw squash
Sibley squash

Native American Strawberry
Louisiana Heritage Strawberry

Pixie Tangerine of Ojai Valley

New Mexico Native Tomatillo

Amish Paste tomato
Aunt Molly's Husk tomato (aka Ground Cherry)
Aunt Ruby's German Green tomato
Burbank tomato
Chalk’s Early Jewel Tomato
Cherokee Purple tomato
Djena Lee’s Golden Girl Tomato
German Pink tomato
Livingston’s Globe Tomato
Livingston’s Golden Queen Tomato
Orange Oxheart tomato
Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomato
Red Fig Tomato
Sheboygan Tomato
Sudduth Strain Brandywine tomato
Valencia Tomato

Moon & Stars watermelon
Yellow-Meated watermelon

Herbs & Spices
Traditional Sea Salt from Hawaii (Alaea)
Desert Oregano
Handmade File

Meat & Poultry
American Plains Bison

Corriente Cattle
Florida Cracker Cattle
American Milking Devon Cattle
Pineywoods Cattle

Buckeye Chicken
Delaware Chicken
Dominique Chicken
Java chicken
Jersey Giant Chicken
New Hampshire Chicken
"Old Type" Rhode Island Red Chicken
Plymouth Rock Chicken
Wyandotte Chicken

Spanish goat
Tennessee Myotonic goat

American Buff Goose
Cotton Patch Goose
Pilgrim Goose

Guinea Hog
Mulefoot Hog
Ossabaw Island Hog
Red Wattle Hog

American Rabbit
American Chinchilla Rabbit
Blanc de Hotot Rabbit
Giant Chinchilla Rabbit
Silver Fox Rabbit

Gulf Coast Sheep
Navajo-Churro Sheep
Tunis Sheep

American Bronze Turkey
Black Turkey
Bourbon Red Turkey
Jersey Buff or Buff Turkey
Midget White Turkey
Narragansett Turkey
Royal Palm Turkey
Slate Turkey

Meat Products
New Orleans Daube Glacé
Southern Louisiana Hog's Head Cheese
Southern Louisiana Ponce
Southern Louisiana Traditional Tasso

American Butternut
American Chestnut
American Native Pecan
Emory Oak "Bellota" Acorns
Nevada Single Leaf Pinyon
Shagbark Hickory Nut

Pulses (beans, peas & lentils)
Arikara Yellow Bean
Bolita Bean
Brown and White Tepary Bean
Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean
Christmas Lima Bean
Crowder Cowpeas (Mississippi Silver Hull bean)
Four Corners Gold Bean
Hidatsa Red bean
Hidatsa Shield Figure bean
Hopi Mottled Lima Bean
Hutterite Soup Bean
Jacob’s Cattle Bean
Lina Cisco's Bird Egg Bean
Marrowfat Bean
Mayflower bean
Mesquite Pod Flour
O'odham Pink Bean
Petaluma Gold Rush Bean
Rio Zape Bean
Santa Maria Pinquitos Bean
Sea Island Red Peas
Southern Field Peas
Turkey Craw Bean
True Red Cranberry Bean
Yellow Indian Woman Bean

Fish & Shellfish
Bay Scallop
Cape May Salt Oyster
Delaware Bay oyster
Louisiana oyster
Olympia oyster
Washington Marbled Chinook Salmon
Wild catfish
Wild Gulf Coast shrimp

Early Blood Turnip-rooted Beet

Lorz Italian garlic
Inchelium Red garlic

Amish Deer Tongue lettuce
Grandpa Admire's lettuce
Speckled lettuce
Tennis Ball lettuce (black seeded)

I'itoi onion

Green Mountain potato
Ivis White Cream sweet potato
Ozette potato

Gilfeather Turnip

Wines & Vinegars
Charbono Grape of California
Napa Gamay/Valdiguie Grape of California
Norton Grape
Wine Vinegar—Orleans Method

Prepared Foods
Poi: Kalo
American Artisanal Sauerkraut
Roman Taffy Candy

Guajillo Honey
Tupelo Honey
Alaskan Birch syrup
Traditional Cane Syrup
Traditional Sorghum syrup

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Bourbon Red

The Bourbon Red turkey, also known as the Bourbon Butternut or Kentucky Red, was named for Bourbon County, Kentucky, in the Bluegrass Region, where it originated. This variety was developed from the Buff, an historic variety of turkey known in the Mid-Atlantic States. It resulted from stocks taken to Kentucky and selected for improved meat production and a darker red color. The American Poultry Association recognized the Bourbon Red variety in 1909, and it was ambitiously promoted. The Bourbon Red's supporters emphasized its production-oriented conformation, including a heavy breast and richly flavored meat. The breed was more profitable than the Buff, which soon fell into decline.

Bourbon Red turkeys are handsome in appearance. They have brownish to dark red plumage with white in the flight and tail feathers. The tail has soft red bars crossing the main feathers near the end. Body feathers on the toms may be edged in black. The neck and breast feathers are chestnut mahogany, and the undercolor feathers are light buff to almost white. The beak is light horn at the tip and dark at base. The throat wattle is red, changeable to bluish white, and the beard is black. The standard weights are 33 pounds for toms and 18 pounds for hens.


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For more information on conservation efforts, contact:

Pittsboro, NC
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
P.O. Box 477
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Pittsboro, NC
Phone:  919-542-5704

ALBC Manual - How to Raise Heritage Turkeys on Pasture

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