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a Thanksgiving turkey post: Baltimore area

baltoellen Oct 3, 2007 06:58 AM

Being inspired by the Thanksgiving thread below, I was wondering where the best place in the Baltimore area would be to buy a fresh turkey.

The past few years, I've bought them from Whole Foods, with pretty mediocre results. (Of course, it could be my cooking too!)

I don't care about having an 'organic' turkey, I would just like to know if there's any place to get a good fresh one, that has been raised in fairly humane conditions.

Thanks for any ideas!

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    honeybee926 RE: baltoellen Oct 3, 2007 07:08 AM

    Try Springfield Farm - www.ourspringfieldfarm.com - off Yeoho Road. You can order a naturally-raised (i.e., hormone free but not organic) turkey from them. Excellent poultry and lamb too.

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      baltoellen RE: honeybee926 Oct 3, 2007 07:38 AM

      Thanks! It seems to be exactly what I'm looking for!

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        sistereurope RE: baltoellen Oct 3, 2007 07:52 AM

        I second that recommendation...we've been going there for a few years and have been very happy with everything we've bought. (We've only had the turkey once though - my husband insists on cooking a goose for Thanksgiving!)
        Anyway, they are very nice people to deal with. And it's a beautiful drive!

    2. aussiewonder RE: baltoellen Oct 3, 2007 08:14 AM

      The Hen's Nest aka: Egg stand @ JFX markets do turkeys, chickens and I believe duck too! They've always been very tasty.
      There are couple of places in Towson too, near Cromwell Valley Park, their names elude me but perhaps someone else can help out.

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        Hal Laurent RE: aussiewonder Oct 3, 2007 09:11 AM

        That's good to know about the duck, since the Inner Harbor East Whole Foods never seems to have duck anymore.

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        gofish133 RE: baltoellen Oct 3, 2007 11:49 AM

        I've had fresh turkeys from the egg stand at the Sunday farmers market under the JFX and they have been great...

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          baltoellen RE: gofish133 Oct 3, 2007 01:07 PM

          Thanks. All this is so interesting.
          Regarding the place under the JFX, I had no idea that they sold anything other than eggs. Do you need to order the turkey for Thanksgiving in advance from them?

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            pigtowner RE: baltoellen Oct 3, 2007 02:17 PM

            yes, they usually have a list starting sometime soon-ish. you have to put your name on it and pick what size you want and then pick it up the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I got mine there last year. It was really good, but this year I'm trying Springfield farm, since their chicken is so amazing, I can only imagine the turkey is too!

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              baltoellen RE: pigtowner Oct 21, 2007 09:56 AM

              I decided to go the easy route, and order a turkey from the Hen's Nest people this a.m. I don't know when I'll have the chance to go to Sparks, but know it's there for the future.

              Just a head's up for those thinking of ordering from the place under the JFX: they are only taking orders for turkeys from 50 people this year. I was at the market late-ish, after 11, and I was 28th on the list.

              For people who like their chicken: they are not taking orders for them this year. They should be available, first come, first served, in two weeks. And, I was told: get there early!

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          Hue RE: baltoellen Oct 3, 2007 01:36 PM

          Interesting article in latest COOKS ILLUSTRATED regarding turkey fresh vs frozen vs kosher vs organic etc

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            pigtowner RE: Hue Oct 3, 2007 02:19 PM

            I thought that article was a little weird. It's pretty hard to compare when you only look at 6 turkeys, don't include any "normal" ones, only injected with saline vs. kosher vs. organic.

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              Hal Laurent RE: pigtowner Oct 3, 2007 03:13 PM

              I often find Cooks Illustrated's choices of what to compare rather weird.

          2. crosby_p RE: baltoellen Oct 4, 2007 04:39 AM

            Last year we got one from Webers Cider Mill Farm that was wonderful. Also, if you are an animal lover, when you go to Springfield Farms they let you wander the property and get close to the lambs, pigs and chickens!!! Fun for kids, although I'm not and I loved it!

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