Reverence Farms Turkey Meatloaf

Since I moved to North Carolina in 2013, I’ve been absolutely spoiled:

I’m surrounded by farms, and that means very, very good, real food.

North Carolina is home to 50,000+ farms spread across 8.4 million acres of land. It ranks first in the nation in sweet potatoes (it’s the state vegetable!), second for poultry and eggs, and third for pork and trout.

North Carolina also has over 200 Farmers Markets - and I’ve been lucky enough to live close to two of the best: the Piedmont-Triad Farmer’s Market in Greensboro and the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh.

One of my favorite weekend activities is a trip to one of these markets with my husband, wandering around for hours, buying food for the week and getting to know the people who grow and raise our food.


A New Partnership

I love farms so much that I want to live on one, but my New Yorker husband is not on board. Yet.

So, in the meantime, I’ve teamed up with my new friends at Reverence Farms in Graham, North Carolina, to help them spread the word about their mission, their amazing food, and how important it is for us to reconnect with the food we eat.

Life Goals: Go see all the animals at the farm. Cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, puppies, earthworms. ALL THE CREATURES.

Life Goals: Go see all the animals at the farm. Cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, puppies, earthworms. ALL THE CREATURES.

About Reverence Farms

Located about 30 minutes from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Reverence Farms is “a diversified, thriving polyculture where animals are treated with reverence and grace, earthworms are cherished, and all critters eat a species-appropriate diet.” [source]

All the animals rotate on open pasture, which improves their quality of life and also improves the quality of the land, helping it capture more carbon from the atmosphere.

The land - and our bodies - are more nourished by the process of growing and raising food the right way.


This is food

Reverence Farm began as a homestead to feed a family, and they are serious about what it means to say, “This is food.”

If you live in the Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, or Raleigh area, you can place an order for Reverence Farm eggs, meat, and other products HERE. They offer convenient drop locations throughout the Triangle and now deliver every 2 weeks!

My next order will definitely include more eggs (we. are. obsessed) and a few pounds of the ground turkey I used in this meatloaf recipe.

I’ve made this recipe three times in the last few weeks, but this is the first time using turkey from the farm.

You know how ground turkey can sometimes taste like sawdust? This is not that. It is a night-and-day difference from the ground turkey I usually buy at the grocery store. I served this Turkey Meatloaf with Mashed Cauliflower and some Roasted Brussels sprouts.

I’ll be sharing more recipes with Reverence Farm this Summer! If you live in the Triangle, check them out, and if you don’t, find a good local farm to support in your area. You won’t regret it!

If you try this recipe, snap a pic, post it on Instagram, and tag me AND Reverence Farms! I’m @LeslieAnnQuillen and they’re @ReverenceFarms.

Cleaned-Up Comfort Food:  By replacing the usual bread crumbs with a couple tablespoons of coconut flour, this meatloaf has less carbohydrates than your typical homestyle meatloaf. Don’t worry - it won’t taste like coconut and you won’t even know it’s there!

Cleaned-Up Comfort Food: By replacing the usual bread crumbs with a couple tablespoons of coconut flour, this meatloaf has less carbohydrates than your typical homestyle meatloaf. Don’t worry - it won’t taste like coconut and you won’t even know it’s there!

INGREDIENTS

1 - 1.25 lbs. Reverence Farms ground turkey

1/2 onion, diced

1 egg

2 Tbs. coconut flour

1/4 c. Low-Sugar Ketchup, divided

2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp. dried marjoram

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. oil

cooking spray

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9” loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Place 1 tsp. oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. To the onion mixture, add 2 Tbs. of the low-sugar ketchup and the Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine and set aside to cool slightly.

4. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, coconut flour, marjoram, salt, and the onion-sauce mixture. Using clean hands, mix the ingredients until just combined and transfer to prepared pan. Use your hands or a a spatula to even out the meatloaf to ensure even cooking. Spread the remaining 2 Tbs. of ketchup on top.

5. Cook at 350 for 50-55 minutes.