17 January 2024

Koch’s Turkey Farm Finds Its Special Place as a Supplier to Whole Foods

By Ronald Smith

I wanted to share with you the story of Koch’s Turkey Farm and how they have found their unique spot in the market by providing high-quality turkeys to Whole Foods.

Imagine this – there’s a quaint little farm nestled in the heart of America run by the Koch family. This family has been raising turkeys for over four generations, handing down their knowledge and values from one to another. You see, Koch’s Turkey Farm takes great pride in their turkeys. They believe in providing birds that are not just delicious, but also raised with care and respect.

It all begins with the eggs. The Koch’s source their turkey eggs from trusted farmers who are equally dedicated to the welfare of their turkeys. These eggs are then carefully nurtured until they’re ready to hatch, ensuring they grow into healthy little poults.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. The Koch’s raise their turkeys without the use of growth-promoting antibiotics. They believe in letting nature take its course and allowing the turkeys to grow at their own pace. This means that the turkeys have plenty of space to roam around and explore, ensuring they lead happy and stress-free lives.

But it doesn’t stop there. The Koch’s take pride in the fact that their turkeys are fed an all-natural diet. They carefully select a blend of grains and proteins, making sure that the turkeys receive proper nutrition without any added artificial ingredients. This results in turkeys that are not only healthy but also deliciously flavorful.

When it’s time for the turkeys to be processed, the Koch’s do it with utmost care and attention. They use humane methods to ensure that the turkeys are treated respectfully throughout the entire process. From the moment they’re harvested to the time they’re packaged, the turkeys are handled with the utmost care.

And here’s the best part – the Koch’s provide their premium turkeys exclusively to Whole Foods. Whole Foods shares the same values as the Koch’s when it comes to providing high-quality, responsibly-sourced products to their customers. It was a match made in heaven.

So, the next time you’re shopping at Whole Foods and you come across a Koch’s Turkey Farm turkey, know that you’re not just buying a turkey. You’re supporting a family who believes in doing things the right way, ensuring that you get the best turkey possible.

Now, isn’t that something to be thankful for?

Koch’s Turkey Farm Finds Its Special Place as a Supplier to Whole Foods

In a world dominated by corporate giants who prioritize profits over quality, Koch’s Turkey Farm stands out as a shining example. Located near Tamaqua, Pa., this small family farm has defied the trend by proving that exceptional products are worth the extra investment. This is particularly important in a time when consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about making healthy choices.

The story of Koch’s Turkey Farm begins in 1939 when Duane Koch’s grandparents, Roscoe and Emma Koch, established the farm on the outskirts of Lewistown Valley in Tamaqua. What started as a humble enterprise has now evolved into a thriving family business.

In the mid 1990s, Duane inherited the turkey division of the farm from his parents, Lowell and Elizabeth Koch. Since then, he has taken the reins and led the farm into a new era of marketing. The focus is on raising and selling free-range turkeys that are free from hormones, byproducts, and antibiotics. These turkeys are exclusively sold to Whole Foods Market, catering to health-conscious consumers who value high-quality, ethically raised poultry.

Check out the awesome video below from Whole Foods. They give a great overview of the farm and the unique products they offer:

I want to share something really cool about Koch’s Turkey Farm. They actually raise their turkeys on a diet of corn and soya beans. This special diet makes the meat juicier and more tender.

Koch’s Turkey Farm has been doing the whole antibiotics-free, all-vegetarian thing for a while now, way before it became popular. In an email interview with USamerica.US, Koch mentioned, Now that big companies are jumping on the bandwagon, we want to keep standing out. We’re proud of what we do and want the next generation to continue our success as one of the few small family businesses left.

When my parents took over our family farm, we only had two small pens of turkeys. Over the years, we worked hard to increase turkey production, and eventually, we were raising 180,000 birds every year. But it didn’t take long for us to realize that bigger turkey companies were surpassing our production and selling their turkeys for a lower price. This put a lot of pressure on our small family business.

However, about 18 years ago, I came up with a plan to separate ourselves from the competition. I wanted to give our customers exactly what they truly wanted – a turkey that was more natural and healthier. In order to achieve this, I did extensive research and made some important changes on our farm. Today, we specialize in raising organic turkeys that are free from byproducts, hormones, and antibiotics. Our turkeys are also raised on a vegetarian diet, which makes them even more wholesome and delicious.

I take my responsibility to both my customers and birds very seriously. Let me explain how I’ve become a leader in my niche market. With the growing awareness and concerns about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food, my small family farm has paved the way.

I am proud to say that my organic turkeys are non-GMO certified. In fact, my company, Koch’s, is the only one in the United States that is Certified Humane and grows over 400 turkeys per year. Additionally, we have received certification from Whole Foods’ GAP program level 2 for animal welfare.

The Global Animal Partnership program, also known as GAP, sets a higher welfare standard for the animals under our care throughout their entire lives. It’s a commitment I am dedicated to upholding.

Can you believe it? Koch’s Turkey Farm raises a whopping 3,000 to 4,000 turkeys for Whole Foods Market every year! It’s pretty impressive if you ask me. And get this – they’ve got between 90 and 110 people working for them. That number changes depending on how busy the holiday season is.

Do you wanna know where you can find Koch’s turkeys? Well, you’re in luck! You can buy them at Whole Foods Markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as some of the stores in the Southern region. But wait, there’s more! By next year, they’re planning on expanding to the entire Southern region. And not only that, they’ll be supplying Whole Foods Market’s Northeast stores all year round instead of just part of the year. How cool is that?

What’s really amazing is how Koch’s Turkey Farm, being a small family business passed down through generations, has managed to keep up with the times. They’ve always made sure they’re meeting what their customers want, and that’s why they’ve been so successful. It’s not easy when you’re surrounded by big companies, but they’ve found their own unique place in the turkey market.