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Where are you getting your Turkey's from?

nolangti Nov 3, 2009 05:24 AM

I recently moved out to Paoli (Ok, 2 Turkey days ago) and am wondering what options people have found to be the best for ordering a nice free-range organic bird. The *free* Turkey from the Ah-ca-me just won't do it for me. Do most order online or are there good local sources I don't know about (I assume there are). Is D'Artagnan my best bet? I would think there has to be something comparable that is local...

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    phillyjazz RE: nolangti Nov 3, 2009 05:44 AM

    I usually get mine (fresh-killed) at the Ardmore Farmer's market. Check out the Farmer's Market on Lancaster Ave. in Wayne. I have not been there in awhile, but I a, pretty certain they have a poultry vendor still.


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      FrancisdeR RE: phillyjazz Nov 3, 2009 08:43 AM

      Second that. The poulterer in Wayne always provides us with excellent turkeys. The place is a zoo on the day before Thanksgiving, for good reason.

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        nolangti RE: FrancisdeR Nov 4, 2009 05:10 AM

        I had some bad experiences there already unfortunately. In a perfect world, I would find a free-range, organic, heritage, etc. that I could get from a local farm in Chesco/LanCo. There has to be a way to find this right? It seems crazy to order one online while living so close to so many farms.

    2. kiwijen RE: nolangti Nov 3, 2009 07:00 AM

      Philadelphia Winter Harvest also has organic turkeys on offer to members.

      1. watercress RE: nolangti Nov 3, 2009 02:34 PM

        Bolton's in Silverdale, but it's probably too far for you.

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          wandasue RE: watercress Nov 3, 2009 02:38 PM

          I second Bolton's. Hendricks Farms is also taking orders for turkeys. Both are convenient for Upper Bucks and MontCo residents.

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          Bigley9 RE: nolangti Nov 3, 2009 05:07 PM

          armstand has turkeys available to order from several local farms - free range and heritage breeds. The Headhouse farmers Market folks also are taking turkey orders

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            Bigley9 RE: Bigley9 Nov 5, 2009 10:27 AM

            Some how the "Fair Food F" that belonged before my post above didn't make it! They are in the RTM

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            Karen K RE: nolangti Nov 4, 2009 05:25 AM

            Wegmans. The closest one to you is in Downingtown.

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              isadorasmama RE: nolangti Nov 5, 2009 09:33 AM

              I'm getting mine from Spring Water Farm in Paradise. They're delivering to Malvern but I'll probably just go to the farm to get mine so I don't have to pay the (small) delivery fee.

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                Bigley9 RE: nolangti Nov 5, 2009 10:26 AM

                Two of the farmers who are making their turkey's available through the Fair Food Farmstand are in Gap, PA which is probably about a 35 min drive from Paoli. Those farms are Green Meadow Farm and Spring Water Farm - you ought to be able to connect with them directly.

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                  Jen516 RE: Bigley9 Nov 5, 2009 11:34 AM

                  Whole Foods has organic, free-range turkeys and they are always very good quality. Not sure where the closest one is to you but there has to be one somewhere!

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                    nolangti RE: Bigley9 Nov 5, 2009 01:03 PM

                    I think for now whole Foods and Wegmans are my fallback; I have one of each close by. I'll look into some of the local options listed above (Green Meadow and Spring Water) to see if I can find local - which is by far my preference.

                    thanks for the tips so far

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                      stirzthepot RE: nolangti Nov 11, 2009 05:45 AM

                      When I ordered my Turkey at Whole Foods they told me that all of thier Turkeys are local from about 90 miles away. http://www.kochsturkey.com/ They also had an organic and non organic heritage bird from the same farm.

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                        nolangti RE: stirzthepot Nov 11, 2009 01:16 PM

                        Do you need to order in person or can you call?

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                          stirzthepot RE: nolangti Nov 14, 2009 04:58 PM

                          I ordered in person but they had a phone there and were getting calls for what they called the "holiday table".

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                    Bigley9 RE: nolangti Nov 5, 2009 12:33 PM

                    One more option is Griggstown Farm - they are in Princeton but may come to farmer's market ofr have a distributor near to you - the catually supply D'artagnan with some product

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                      dkbk RE: Bigley9 Nov 6, 2009 06:55 PM

                      I've heard of Griggstown Farm, never had their turkey, how is it compared to premium store bought? What about Lee's Farm? Any idea of a fair price for a fresh turkey?

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                      spicemistress RE: nolangti Nov 6, 2009 05:45 PM

                      Has anybody got one from Trader Joe's? I saw a sign there the other day that they will have them...

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                        monchichi RE: spicemistress Nov 7, 2009 01:48 PM

                        Loag's Corner Turkey Farm on RT 81, not far from Paoli, have had 5 turkeys from there and they were the best birds I have ever had......need to call now and reserve your day to pick up and size, and they do come big!!!!! If your oven can handle....

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                          monchichi RE: monchichi Nov 17, 2009 09:25 AM

                          on rt 82 sorry, between coatsville and elverson.

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                        gardens4me RE: nolangti Nov 8, 2009 06:57 PM

                        Mountain View Poultry. You order from them at 484-320-0045 (www.mtvieworganics.com
                        )and they bring to the Phoenixville Farmers Market on Saturdays. A decent Farmers Market for the burbs and lots of other good stuff there as well.

                        1. CucinadiNana RE: nolangti Nov 9, 2009 10:50 AM

                          Hi All -
                          We are getting our turkey from "Long Valley Farm" - - they are fabulous, their poultry is organic, and truly pastured. They get to run around, hunting and pecking, doing all the things that healthy chickens and turkeys do. I purchased their products during this summer's farmers market, and we are very excited to make our turkey! - very nice owners, I highly recommend them! longvalleyfarm@epix.net, 484-614-8056

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                            hillster RE: CucinadiNana Nov 12, 2009 03:48 AM

                            Always from Flourtown's farmers market ( Dave's Poultry)- 36 hour fresh Kill from Lancaster farms

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                              foodieteen RE: hillster Nov 17, 2009 05:02 PM

                              I ordered a Turkey from there, too. Do you know if they are heritage or not?

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                            pacheeseguy RE: nolangti Nov 12, 2009 08:14 AM

                            The local Giant. Hungry Man Turkey Dinner, quick & easy micro.

                            1. njfoodies RE: nolangti Nov 12, 2009 08:22 AM

                              Fernbrook Fams CSA is Chesterfield or Bordentown, NJ. I forget what town it is actually considered: http://www.fernbrookfarmcsa.com/ I think they may actually get them from Griggstown however. -mJ

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                                srk908 RE: nolangti Nov 15, 2009 08:07 AM

                                Wynnorr Farms has fresh turkeys and they're not too far from you.


                                1. oliviasaru RE: nolangti Nov 17, 2009 04:36 AM

                                  We'll probably be getting ours from Hendricks Farm in Telford. I've seen their birds running around when I go to get my milk and cheese, so they're sure to be fresh!

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                                    Bigley9 RE: nolangti Nov 17, 2009 05:37 AM

                                    FYI - Fair Food Farms just sent an email out extending their ordering dedline, so if you didn't order but still want to you can!

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