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Sep 22, 2009 11:42 PM

Heritage or farm-raised turkey nearish Cincinnati

I've checked the eatwild and local harvest websites, but I'd prefer to get a recommendation for a farm near Cincinnati to get a top quality turkey. Maybe someone at Findlay market? I want to get it from the person who raised it, not a middleman. I don't mind doing a bit of driving to pick it up.


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  1. Here's one in Northern Kentucky. I can't vouch for it.

    I've had one farm-raised turkey that I thought was superior to anything else ever, but that was 25 years ago in Rochester NY. We usually just get one from the local butcher.

    1. How far is too far? Bowman-Landes is about an hour or so North of Cincy.

      1. What about Eaton Farm in Madison, IN? I haven’t had their stuff, but they sell at Hyde Park Farmer’s Market and per the HPFM newsletter, are taking reservations for pastured Thanksgiving turkeys. “Available breeds include Broad Breasted Bronze and Bourbon Red, a rare heritage breed.”

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        1. re: intuitive eggplant

          Thanks for the recommendations. Haven't heard back from Tewes. Bowman Landes will likely be the backup place. I'm sure their turkeys are great (Voinavich even says so), but I'm holding out for a heritage bird from a smaller operation. Eaton farm might be perfect. I'll keep everyone posted with anything I find.

        2. Check with group for a local producer:

          American Poultry Association
          5757 West Fork Road
          Cincinnati OH 45247

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          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            I just wanted to thank you all for the Bowman & Landes fresh turkey recommendation. We found a B & L 18 pounder at Bigg's Market at Skytop and brined and roasted the bird for TG (yesterday) and it was delicious. One of the best turkeys I have ever made (in 37 years).

            I reserved the turkey last week and the butcher at Biggs put it in cold storage until Wednesday noon when my son picked it up. When we got it home, we made up a brine, put the turkey and cold brine in a strong plastic bag and set it in an iced up cooler outside (protected from curious racoons) for overnight. Using the cooler saved us trying to fit the large bird in our over-crowded refrigerator.

            We tried to do a 'locavore' Thanksgiving this year and we found some interesting food growers and purveyors located in the tri-state area, and all of us 'round the table thought it was a really good meal. Next year we might drive up to New Carlisle and get the turkey at the farm, just for fun. Gobble gobble!

          2. Just thought I'd revive this as a future reference for anyone looking for birds.

            It was a tough choice, but I ended up going to Tewes farm. I was in Cincinnati for a few weeks, and while I was there I bought a lot of stuff from Eaton farm at Findlay Market on Saturday mornings. I highly, highly recommend their pork and poultry. It was some of the best I've had, and the pork was especially well priced.

            I bought the thanksgiving turkey from Tewes because I decided on a turducken, which probably would have been a waste for a prime heritage turkey (Eaton had them at only $4 though). Tewes was much cheaper, but I think the product and farming practices are much better at Eaton. Both, by the way, were ridiculously nice and had incomparably superior product to supermarket slop.