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butchers in St Louis that sell Heritage Turkeys?

blackbookali Oct 11, 2007 04:59 PM

I know that Whole Foods sells them frozen. Does any one sell them fresh? I would be willing to take a drive to a farm if that is necessary. Ideally looking for a small bird - 6 - 8 lbs.

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    shannoninstlouis RE: blackbookali Oct 11, 2007 07:20 PM

    There is a vendor that comes to the Clayton Farmers Market, Living Springs Ranch, that was taking orders for fresh turkeys a few weeks back. I don't recall if they were heritage or not. They are usually at the Market on Saturdays, you might want to check them out. I've become a devotee of their eggs and ground turkey.

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      bobzemuda RE: shannoninstlouis Oct 12, 2007 05:38 AM

      http://www.saucemagazine.com/article/...

      There's contact info in that Sauce article for a couple people that sell them.

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        bobzemuda RE: bobzemuda Oct 12, 2007 07:34 AM

        sorry to reply to myself, but I wanted to add something.

        Broad-Breasted turkeys are not a heritage breed. If you do buy one, inquire as to what the heritage breed is that they raise, and then verify that it is, in fact, a heritage breed. I know both the sources in that article have both, and are honest farmers, but considering the expense per pound compared to a commercial breed, there are stories of not so admirable farmers sticking it to uninformed consumers.

        Keep us posted if you land one.

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