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Nov 5, 2009 09:49 AM

Kosher or Halal Turkeys in the Central Valley (other than Whole Foods?)


Can one of the CV hounds direct me to a market within an hour's drive of Merced (more or less) where I could order either Kosher or Halal turkeys for Thanksgiving? Yes, I know that Fresno WF may have Kosher ones, but I was hoping for something a little less corporate.

Or is that it? I did try a search of; it listed nothing in Fresno, and only one market in Modesto, although unfortunately when I dialed the number it was disconnected....

Hope the hounds can steer me in the right direction! Either option (Kosher or Halal) will work equally well. Thanks!

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  1. Not really less corporate, but Trader Joe's (Modesto, Fresno) has nice kosher turkeys. Glenn, who Janet knows, gets his from Trader Joe's every year. I've had them a couple of times and they are nice, but they go quickly.

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    1. re: SteveTimko

      Actually, TJ's is an improvement over Whole Foods, (and closer to me) so unless someone has a better idea (is there really not a halal butcher in the CV?), I will try calling them (I am hoping I can reserve one or two). Thanks!

    2. Last year I had lunch at a halal restaurant in Fresno and struck up a conversation with the owner. Halal meats are available in Fresno and he told me the name of the guy that everyone uses. At that time there were two butcher counters, and I visited one, Jerusalem market.

      This might be a resource for referrals.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Thanks Melanie! I called Jerusalem Market, he told me that they will start stocking Halal turkeys beginning next week and through at least Thanksgiving, and that unless I want a very large size (which I don't, will be cooking for a crowd this Thanksgiving, but much prefer two smaller turkeys) that there will be plenty through Thanksgiving. If anyone else is on a similar search, he did recommend reserving your turkey in advance it you want a large one....I am thinking of stopping in there this week just to check the place out.

        Here is the post on your visit to the halal restaurant, Zoe Grill (which came up for me only after you replied to my request, didn't come up on previous board searches for me):

        Interestingly, Zoe Grill had come up as the only entry for Fresno on Zabiha, and I have put it on my to try list. Any updates?

        1. re: susancinsf

          Wondering what brand of halal turkey is sold there?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            yes, I am too, especially after seeing Adrienne's post (but alas, no replies) on the SF Boards:


            It would be great if they had Mary's turkeys (I like Mary's poultry and they are Fresno based!) My plan to check the store out today got derailed by a (virus) bug, but I will be calling or visiting sometime in the next week, I hope, and will report back, (unless one of the Fresno hounds beats me to it)....

            1. re: susancinsf

              FWIW, Joan Obra's Fresno Bee column this morning had locations where you can get mary's turkeys as well as their web site.

              1. re: susancinsf

                Score! Went to Jerusalem Market today, and the halal turkeys are indeed Mary''s free-range (but not organic) turkeys. $1.99 a pound. Not sure I could beat that price anywhere. I am a very happy camper!

                Was sort of hoping they'd also have halal turkey parts, but I guess that was too much to ask. I got an extra small turkey just to make stock (will put the meat that doesn't go into stock to good use too, I'm sure) that the Muslim members of my family won't have miss out on the gravy and other good stuff.

                The Jerusalem Market is small, but did also have a nice selection of pan-Arabic canned goods, some nice looking ground beef and other meats (the beef was Harris Ranch), and a good selection of spices, yogurts, goat cheeses, etc. All the prices seemed reasonable, and the service was friendly and helpful. I'll definitely be back.

                1. re: susancinsf

                  Allah Akbar! I'm delighted that you could get your hands on a halal Mary's bird. You're doing better than the folks looking in SF, so there.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Huh? The Central Valley has something you can't easily get in the Bay Area?

                  2. re: susancinsf

                    Any cold cuts or otherwise prepared meats that are interesting? I'm always on the look out for Slavic sausages since even San Francisco has a small choice.

                    1. re: SteveTimko

                      Hi Steve: they did have some type of beef sausages that looked tempting, but I have a lot of Wolfsen's sausages in my freezer right now, so didn't go for it. No other cold cuts that I saw, but there was one refridgerator case that I didn't even check out (it was fairly close to closing time by the time we got there).

                    2. re: susancinsf

                      Susan, you are SO lucky!!! I'm actually flying one down to Riverside because not only can I not find halal, but I can't get good pricing in the Riverside area either. The one Mary's purveyor in town is is charging $6.00/lb. and there is no way I'm spending $100+ on a turkey. I'd rather look like a dufus at the airport.

                      I've called the TSA people and Southwest and they gave me the green light. Will post about how that works out for me... lol.

                      1. re: adrienne156

                        good luck and I look forward to your report! Too bad you can't drive with a stop in Fresno!