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Sonora, CA — Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for Diestel Turkey Ranch that means a year´s worth of work.

California Farmers marketed more than 400 million pounds of turkey last year and a small, but increasing share came from old-fashioned varieties that have returned to favor.

Employees at Diestel Turkey Ranch near Sonora refer to those birds as the “heirloom” turkeys. Its owner says his production of heirloom turkeys has grown rapidly the past three years.