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Diestel Family Turkey Ranch receives 2008 Pioneer Award

Press Monday, July 15th

Edited by Mark Looker, California Poultry Federation Headline News
September 22, 2008

Diestel Family

The 2008 Pioneer Award was presented by the California Poultry Federation to the Diestel Family, owners of Diestel Family Turkey Ranch in Sonora. Their turkey was recently named the best tasting range fed turkey by the San Francisco Chronicle.

“This family has always been known for its locally grown, fresh and natural and range fed birds that sell throughout the west,” noted Mattos, CPF President.

In the early 1920s Ernest Bottini, great uncle of Tim Diestel (today’s owner) started what has become the family tradition of raising premium quality range grown turkeys on his 400 acre ranch in the Sierra foothills. Ernest took special care growing each turkey and built a successful trade with many of the famous landmark San Francisco restaurants, to whom he delivered old fashioned New York dressed turkeys on his own truck. “They believe that their family secrets of range growing with extra time, individual care, and a wholesome diet and environment consistently produce a better, tender and juicy turkey that has real old fashioned turkey flavor,” explained Shiple, CPF Chairman.

PIONEER AWARD was presented by CPF Chairman Bob Shipley to Diestel family members Joan, Jason and Tim. (Photo by Cody Penfold)

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