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Abacus Nov 19, 2008 04:27 PM

Fresh turkey! This is my first Thanksgiving dinner I am in charge of (at least in more than ten years) and I neglected to order a fresh turkey --- but in fact, I haven't a clue where to go or whom to call! Any ideas?

Thank you in advance.........sigh.

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  1. MSPD RE: Abacus Nov 19, 2008 04:35 PM

    I've bought never-frozen turkeys from Byerly's, straight out of the case (not special order or anything). They weren't heritage, free-range or whatever, but a good, plain ol' turkey. This was within a week of Christmas by the way...I had to cook it for a rescheduled event on short notice. It seemed they had plenty.

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      dalewest RE: MSPD Nov 19, 2008 06:51 PM

      FWIF, I believe in the FDA world, fresh poultry means not stored below 28F. So "only kind of frozen" might be more accurate than "never-frozen".

      Anyway, it is still a HUGE difference from frozen if you need to cook like RIGHT NOW!


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        MSPD RE: dalewest Nov 20, 2008 07:07 AM

        Thanks for clarifying. Let's just say the Byerly's turkeys never could have been used in a bowling event.

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      mnxd9 RE: Abacus Nov 19, 2008 06:55 PM

      I got a good turkey from Von Hansen's last year, free range, all natural. Price was good, walked right and and picked it up, though you'd be best to call ahead.

      1. bob s RE: Abacus Nov 19, 2008 07:11 PM

        Call the Wedge Coop. They'll take walk in orders, but are still taking reservations. I just called 2 days ago.


        1. The Dairy Queen RE: Abacus Nov 20, 2008 12:05 AM

          Widmers (on St. Clair) in St. Paul was taking orders for them awhile back. I don't know if they are heritage or free range or anything of that nature. I asked where their turkeys were from and was told "Northern Minnesota." That wasn't exactly what I was asking, but I found the answer sufficiently revealing. Nevertheless, when you're desperate, you're desperate... I hope they can still help you!

          Good luck!


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            MayrMN RE: Abacus Nov 20, 2008 07:04 AM

            I just heard an ad for Lunds/Byerlys and fresh Turkeys, they seem to still be taking orders this week.

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              type2runner RE: Abacus Nov 20, 2008 07:21 PM

              East Side Food Coop has fresh and organic turkey's, with no need to pre-order. Seems some are available this week, some early next week. This is in NE Mpls, on Central AVe, just north of Lowry Ave.


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                freps RE: Abacus Nov 24, 2008 07:28 AM

                Clancy's in Uptown just got their turkeys in. Usually you can get one without a preorder if you go early. All free range.

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