CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – You can find nearly every barnyard animal at Giving Thanks Farm, but there's one that truly gives the family-run farm its name.
Amiee Owen and her family opened for business six-months ago with an idea: raise pastured turkeys the way their grandparents used to.
"You should definitely understand the difference," Owen said. "It should be more flavorful. It's going to be closer to a wild turkey than it is what you're used to purchasing in the supermarkets because the flavor has been bred out of those."
The birds only eat organic. Mainly it's feed, grass or bugs. They live on the farm for 7-months before being slaughtered. Owen says it is more expensive, but they end up leaner than commercial birds.
"The weight is actually the meat you're getting," she said.
Their business model seems to be working. Merrie Simonton is willing to pay $4.99/lb.per pound to eat healthier.
"Thanksgiving is about the turkey. That's the star of the show," Simonton said Tuesday while picking up her frozen 13-pound bird.
It wouldn't be a family farm if her 9-year-old daughter, Julia, wasn't involved with turkeys that aren't nearly as dumb or shy as people might think.
"Bunch of buttons, my bracelet and my hair," she described surrounded by curious, pecking turkeys.
She's even named a couple. "Buddy" isn't afraid to taunt the fact that he's safe to other turkeys through the fence line, and his companion "Penguin" who has clubbed feet.
"It was just really easy to know who we were going to pardon this year," Owen said.
Besides their pets, the Owens say they put a lot into their turkeys and hope families sitting down together will get just as much out of them.
This year Owen even offered free delivery. They still have smaller 7 to 9 lb. turkeys for pick-up. They also except orders for Christmas.