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fresh natural turkey in brooklyn (uncooked)

redgirl Nov 1, 2006 11:18 PM

in the past, i've ordered from staubitz but i was wondering if there are other suggestions. also...should i brine???

we're feeding 8 - how big a bird? (i haven't made tgiving dinner in a few years and am rusty on the whole bird-size thing.)

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    bhill RE: redgirl Nov 1, 2006 11:48 PM

    There was an article in Gothamist today you might be interested in:


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      redgirl RE: redgirl Nov 2, 2006 12:27 AM

      interesting article. but since i'm not going to spend $169 on my shipped heritage turkey (tho i want to, that's a bit steep for me)..where to get the next best thing in brooklyn? any of the vendors at the gap market or somewhere else? i've figured out i need a 16-18 lb turkey.

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        MrsT RE: redgirl Nov 2, 2006 02:16 AM

        Union Market may offer something. DiPola (I think that's the name) at GAP should be taking orders soon.

        1. Sarah McC RE: redgirl Nov 2, 2006 02:35 AM

          For the past two years, I have purchased my bird from the turkey guy at the Grand Army Plaza Green Market. Is it Dapaulo's? Anyway, wonderful bird. But you should get your name on the sign-up sheet soon.

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            redgirl RE: Sarah McC Nov 2, 2006 10:56 AM

            so here's a question. if you get the turkey at the farmer's market, do you have to put it in the freezer for a few days and then thaw it all out? farmer's market: sat./tgiving: thurs.

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            ilikepeas RE: redgirl Nov 2, 2006 04:41 AM

            I was at Applewood the other night and read that they're selling organic turkeys. Not sure how much.

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              Fleur RE: redgirl Nov 2, 2006 05:40 AM

              STAUBITZ is excellent, always reliable. Why would you even think of switching?

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                gnosh RE: redgirl Nov 2, 2006 06:11 AM

                Last year I got a turkey from Los Paisanos, the butcher shop on Smith Street around Bergen. It was really noticably great. I'm not absolutely sure what kind it was, but I think it may have been Murrays. I do remember that they had several fresh "premium" types to choose from, ranging from some super-expensive organic thing on down. In any case, it's a really nice old-fashioned butcher shop and if you haven't been there you might want to check it out. You place an order then pick up a day or so before Thanksgiving.

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                  bhill RE: gnosh Nov 2, 2006 02:59 PM

                  Second Paisanos. My friend got hers there last year and it was delicious.

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                  orleanslaura RE: redgirl Nov 2, 2006 11:58 AM

                  park natural foods on court and union is also taking orders for organic turkeys.

                  1. missmasala RE: redgirl Nov 2, 2006 03:44 PM

                    the guy who brings the free range chickens to the red hook farmer's market also does turkeys for thanksgiving. i got one a couple of years ago and it was delicious and not outrageously priced. you have to order it ahead, but i think you can probably do that by calling.

                    stuabitz, as far as i know, sells bell and evans and some organic kind. the bell and evans turkey is tasty, but cheaper at the 5th ave key foods.

                    i haven't tried the paisano's turkey, but don't doubt that it's good and a better deal than staubitz. I only go to staubitz for beef, as i find everything else there way overpriced. but their newport steak--ah, i'd gladly pay a lot for that!

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                      daisyh RE: redgirl Nov 2, 2006 08:03 PM

                      I second the recommendation for the turkey stand at the GAP Farmer's Market. It's actually frozen when you get it, and depending on the size, takes a few days to thaw out - so getting it on Sat and cooking it Thurs usually works out perfectly (especially if you brine it for 24+ hours).

                      1. bigmackdaddy RE: redgirl Nov 3, 2006 01:53 AM

                        If you have a friend at the Coop you might want to ask him/her to get you one. They give you a few options on organic turkeys. They're pretty good.

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                          MrsT RE: redgirl Nov 6, 2006 04:20 PM

                          I think Back to the Land is also selling turkeys. I don't know how much a pound though.

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