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Mar 12, 2007 05:31 AM

Where to find a wild turkey?

Short of traveling upstate and hunting, where can I find a fresh wild turkey? I'm having a lrge dinner party in a few weeks as a good bye to winter so I want to make a thanksgiving-ish meal with root veggies, fresh breads, and a nice big turkey. I'd really prefer fresh over frozen.

I'll travel a bit if I have to.


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  1. You'll have trouble finding a "nice big" wild turkey. For one thing, wild turkeys have very little breast meat, as compared to the domestically produced product. When you do find them, they tend to be on the smallish side, with far less fat.
    Good luck!

    1. Did you try Google for a source? Texas may be a source. I've seen them there on CBS Sunday Morning a while ago.

        1. re: njeggy1

          I'm in Rye Brook. There used to be a farm in CT that raised wild turkeys but they closed about 6-7 years ago. The taste of wild turkey has ruined the flavor of domestic turkeys for me. I never found them to be lacking in breast meat though. We have some toms roaming our country property upstate that are as big as...well...let's just say I douby I'd have a pan large enough to roast them in. lol I just can't bring myself to hunt one of them.

          1. re: OrganicLife

            Quattro's Game Farm definitely has them in season and sometimes at other times of the year. They also have all kinds of poultry and game. Whenever I go camping I stop by there store and pick up some interesting things to cook like pheasant, rabbit, venison, etc.

            They do some of the Westchester and NYC farm markets and have a store on Rt. 44 in Pleasant Valley which is off the Taconic Parkway. (845)635-8202

            Here's a list of places that have fresh farm turkeys and some may have farm raised wild turkeys.

            1. re: JMF

              i picked up some frozen squab from there last week (after having it at wd-50 in the city a couple weeks earlier and loving the taste). now i just have to learn the best way to cook it.

              quattro's also has a ton of spices, as well as game. and things to kill the game with, and fresh mozz (which i haven't tried yet)...

        2. In NYC, there's Ottomanelli's
          Perhaps the butcher department of your regular grocer can order one for you. Are you close to a Wegman's?

          1. You could try Quattro's in Pleasant Valley, NY. They are also at the Union Square greenmarket.