Is it too early to think about my turkey?
So, about this time every year, I dutifully submit my turkey order to Whole Foods, and come back with a turkey that's a clearly better than the frozen butterball cement blocks....but I'm getting itchy to drag home a turkey I can **really** brag about. Any suggestions on who's going to have the best birds? (I'm looking for unprepared/uncooked turkey's -- not be confused with the turkey-in-a-box concept.)
I still find Whole Foods to be about the best.
Wilson Farms in Lexington is another place to try.
We ordered our Thanksgiving turkey a couple of weeks ago, from a small farmer in Groton. He raises heritage turkeys for the winter season only. I think he calls the business Fantasy Farm or Fantasy Acres, something like that. We've gotten turkeys from him the past 3 years and enjoyed them enormously.
You might in advance try a turkey from Mayflower Poultry in east Cambridge. No assurance of being organic but it is a small local operation (up near Lowell, IIRC) and their poultry is generally immaculate. They are open on Saturdays but closed on Sundays. Place smells like an old fashioned butcher/poultry shop -- the clean smell of recently killed flesh, which can stun people who never grew up with a butcher or poultry shop.
Another suggestion: rather than a turkey, try a couple of fresh capons. Mayflower carries fresh capons. Capon is a wonderful thing, woefully underappreciated these days. Big-breasted but tender, full of flavor, well suited to being roasted. If I had a choice of capon versus turkey, I'd choose capon hands down. And I like turkey.