About us

G & J Barron was established at Pattocks Farm, Chappel in 1943 by George Barron. In the early years a few bronze turkeys were reared on the farm for local butchers and markets.

By the mid-fifties the annual flock had switched from the bronze feathered turkeys to the broader breasted white feathered breeds. Due to the high demand in the 60’s & 70’s for quality fresh turkeys, the flock grew to over 2000 birds per year. As well as supplying independent butchers and businesses, farm gate sales direct to the public were increasing.

By the late 1990’s a few bronze turkeys were reintroduced back in to the flock.These birds give a slightly more “gamey” flavour and have proved so popular they now make up over half of our the flock.

All the barn reared white and free range bronze turkeys arrive here as day old chicks during June and July. Their straw bedding, which is grown on our fields, is baled and carted during the summer. Our harvest also produces the wheat which is used to make the turkey feed. This is milled here on the farm with no added growth promoters.

Several slow growing breeds of turkeys are reared each year to give a wide variation of weights. They all reach natural maturity by early December.

The birds are hand plucked on the farm in early December. The meat is then hung for at least 10 days to allow it to develop its extra flavour.

Each turkey is supplied boxed and oven ready with herbs and cooking instructions. For any additional information, why not phone us or call in. We will be delighted to speak to you.

Land girls with bronze
turkeys at Pattocks Farm

Moving tukeys into
the yard

find us
Pattocks farm
Chappel, Colchester
Essex, CO6 2EG