Bourbon Red Turkey STAR Farm

Bourbon Red Turkeys from STAR Farm Kentucky

Phone: 270-528-1758
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"Bourbon Red Turkey - A Kentucky Heritage Worth The Tradition"


Kathy is Available for Presentations.

Kathy has been a presenter at the KY State Fair every year since 2007.

Current Events

A article on STAR Farm Bourbon Red Turkeys in the November issue of Kentucky Monthly.

"My instant impression of STAR Farm is that it is a place of peace and calm, an idyllic setting for any species and a breeding ground for the Bourbon Red Turkeys, a heritage breed of bird exclusive to Kentucky"


Kentucky Life host Dave Shuffett visits Star Farm in Hart County to find a Kentucky original: the Bourbon Red turkey, a heritage breed developed in Bourbon County. The Bourbon Red was once the most popular turkey on the dinner table because of its rich flavor. Brown-Forman chef Mark Williams makes a Thanksgiving meal with one of these delicious birds.


Bourbon Red Turkeys & Cranberries – HomeGrown 11/23/08 - Bob and Jeneen speak with Kathy Wheeler, who raises Bourbon Red heritage turkeys in Hart County, Kentucky.
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Past Events

Turtleman "Turtleman" from Call of the Wildman did an episode at STAR Farm and aired on on Animal Planet.

Kentucky Proud STAR Farm will be the feature article in the Kentucky Proud Connection Magazine for the month of November.

Cooking Channel Show
November through December 2010
Our farm was featured on the show Food Crafters in their holiday episode.

Turkey Trot
One of our turkeys lead the "Turkey Trot" race at Fort Knox in 2010.

Kathy was a speaker at:
6th Annual Bluegrass Green Expo October 24-25, 2009
The Bluegrass Green Expo is a trade show for green and sustainable products and includes workshops, a kids' expo, art, music, food, a model green streetscape called "Sustainability Street," cooking demos by great local chefs with fresh local food, and renewable energy exhibitors. The event is held in the Lexington Center in downtown Lexington. Visit

KET's Kentucky Life
Bourbon Red Turkeys at STAR Farm, 2009.

"Let’s shake off the cobwebs and start thinking about Thanksgiving. In this segment, we visit STAR Farm in Hardyville, home of the Bourbon Red turkey. Once a popular turkey, the Bourbon Red was gradually displaced over the years by the broad-breasted varieties. However, a renewed interest in the foods of long ago is allowing the bird to make a comeback.

These chestnut-colored Kentucky gobblers were named, as you might expect, for Bourbon County, their place of origin. The turkeys at STAR Farms in Hart County are free range, roaming freely instead of being confined. Scott and Kathy Wheeler sell the turkeys, processed, USDA-inspected, and ready to cook (frozen on request). You can pick up your turkey or have it shipped.

Mark Williams, chef at Brown-Forman—and the founder and leader of Slow Food Bluegrass—shows us how to cook one of these gobblers at Woodford Reserve in Woodford County.

Harvest Tasting & Celebration-Sierra Club and Slow Food fundraiser - local chefs and farmers.
Friday Night, November 6, 2009, Rathskellar at the Seelbach Hotel.
Come sample the best sustainably farm raised food our region has to offer, prepared by chefs who care about the environment and family farms! Bluegrass music too!
At this event, Kathy will be paired with a Chef who will be preparing a dish using my Bourbon Red Turkeys and I will be there available for comment and information.

10th Annual Sierra Club Healthy Food, Local Farms Conference,"Growing Community Through Food"
November 6 & 7, 2009
University of Louisville, Belknap Campus
Speakers include: Wendell Berry, Sam Levin, Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel, Nicolette Hahn Niman, and more
All food will be locally and sustainably grown, antibiotic and hormone free.


Hobby Farms Magazine – Article from Hobby Farms.

Farm World Article – Weekly farm newspaper source for ag news, classifieds, auctions.

The Courier Journal – Mentioned in the Scene for our Thanksgiving Bourbon Red Turkeys.

Farm World – Mentioned in an article about healthy food and sustainable economies.

LEO Weekly – One of Kentucky's local producers.

Louisville Hot Bytes – A forum article about our fundraising partnership with Slow Foods Bluegrass.

Links and Info - Our STAR Farm Site at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture - KDA Farm Store - American Livestock Breeds Conservancy - The New Farm - Slow Food USA - STAR Farm is a member now