Free range turkeys roam the pastures in Connecticut

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MOOSUP--Many people choose their Thanksgiving turkey based on size, but more and more are picking out their holiday bird based on where it came from and how it was raised.

Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Moosup will start harvesting its turkeys Wednesday. The farm started getting orders in August, and it's almost sold out of the big birds for Thanksgiving.

With 2,500 birds, it's the largest farm for pasture-raised turkeys in Connecticut. The turkeys are also antibiotic-free, unless one gets sick, and are raised in a more natural way. "These guys get to forage for grass, chase down bugs, they get a lot of exercise, they're out in the fresh air and sunshine," farm owner Rick Hermonot said.

Hermonot claimed you can taste the difference. His customers certainly think so.  They pay extra for the birds; about $4.49 per pound.

Of this year's flock, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm planned to leave 500 turkeys out to pasture to be ready for Christmas.

 

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