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Diestel Turkey Prices

LindaRacine Nov 9, 2009 06:57 PM


Has anyone done any research on the least expensive Diestel turkey prices?

Market Hall on College has them for $6.99/lb.


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    ML8000 RE: LindaRacine Nov 9, 2009 08:02 PM

    Might try Berkeley Bowl. It's been a few years but I remember their per/lb price was lower. In the $4 buck range but that was awhile ago. You can just call the butcher there.

    Berkeley Bowl
    2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

    1. Ruth Lafler RE: LindaRacine Nov 9, 2009 09:46 PM

      Is that for a regular Diestel turkey? Or do they have a line of heritage turkeys? Because $6.99 is what I'd expect to pay for a heritage, but not for a "regular" free-range turkey.

      Looking at their website, it looks like they have several different turkeys, including "original," "organic" and "heirloom" http://www.diestelturkey.com/our_fami...

      I think in the East Bay Berkeley Bowl generally has the best prices.

      Berkeley Bowl
      2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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        mochimunchie RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 10, 2009 08:02 AM

        Berkeley Bowl sells WIllie Bird and Mary's. They don't carry whole Diestels.
        Close by to Market Hall is Verbrugge - can't remember the price. My brother reserved a few birds at Piedmont Grocer. $6.99 does seem high.

        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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          meathead6 RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 17, 2009 06:24 PM

          Diestel turkyes at genes fine foods in saratoga ca. sells only diestel turkeys. the regular turkeys are anywhere from 1.99-2.69 LB. and yes diestel does sell an organic & a herloom. the heirloom is about $3.99 LB . There # 408 374-2103 ask for Dustin.

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          chzpants RE: LindaRacine Nov 10, 2009 09:00 AM

          I happened to be at the Costco in Redwood City a couple of weeks ago, and Fra' Mani was doing a huge demo there - they were sampling a pre-brined pre-seasoned turkey, i.e. ready to go (sourced from Diestel). It was delicious, and only $3.99 a pound!!

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            Ruth Lafler RE: chzpants Nov 10, 2009 09:55 AM

            You also mentioned in the Yats thread that last year you paid $2.49/lb for your Diestel, which makes $6.99/lb sound unlikely unless it's the heirloom version.

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              chzpants RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 10, 2009 10:17 AM

              I didn't mention a price in my Yat's post...I don't remember how much I paid for that turkey, but it was around $2.99 a pound I think (last year). But I will say that yes, the $6.99 sounds like an heirloom or heritage or something...that's a pretty steep price for a "regular" free-range bird.

              AND I'm just now realizing I posted a reply to a year-old thread (Yat's)! oops.

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              kc72 RE: chzpants Nov 23, 2009 09:54 AM

              Richmond Costco had a lot of the Diestel-Fra'Mani brined seasoned turkeys for $3.99/lb today

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                dave94703 RE: chzpants Nov 13, 2010 06:34 AM

                Non organic, non-freerange ~15-lb pre-brined diestels $2.79/lb today, richmond costco. Reminder: FOUR DAYS TO DEFROST.

              2. Ruth Lafler RE: LindaRacine Nov 10, 2009 10:00 AM

                Oh and if you're in the Rockridge area, my Mom tells me she buys her Willie Bird (they may have other brands as well) at Village Market on Broadway Terrace -- that's one way to avoid the zoo that is Berkeley Bowl Thanksgiving week!

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                  timpoblete RE: LindaRacine Nov 10, 2009 10:43 AM

                  Bi-Rite's selling the organic Diestel for $3.99/lb and the non-organic at $2.99. I believe that they're non-heritage.

                  Here's the Bi-Rite flier: http://www.biritemarket.com/thanksgiv...

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                    adrienne156 RE: LindaRacine Nov 10, 2009 03:48 PM

                    $2.49 at Whole Foods Walnut Creek. Don't know if prices vary by location...

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                      MRMoggie RE: adrienne156 Nov 11, 2009 04:49 PM

                      Oliver's in Santa Rosa is advertising Diestel's at $1.99 a pound.

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                        slipson RE: MRMoggie Nov 13, 2009 11:04 AM

                        Lunardi's markets sell Diestel turkeys. Not sure about the price

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                          Kim Cooper RE: slipson Nov 14, 2009 10:57 AM

                          Any recommendations for the San Mateo area? I usually get mine at Whole Foods, but I'm open to change. I need a 30 lb or so. (usually around twenty people) I usually get Diestel.
                          On Wednesday I put chopped fresh rosemary and garlic between the skin and meat, and massage the bird with lemon juice. I put the remaining rosemary, the lemon skins, and a couple of quartered onions in the cavity. Mmmmm baked onions.....

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                        boris_qd RE: adrienne156 Nov 12, 2012 01:54 PM

                        Whole foods in Noe Valley SF has

                        $2.49/lb for Whole Foods Brand
                        $2.99/lb Diestel "Natural"

                        I asked about the whole foods brand and the butcher said it was from Pitman Ranch - the same as their rotisserie chickens. Looking over at the rotisserie chickens I noticed they were advertised as "Mary's Free Range" with a small placard that said "Pitman Ranch". Not sure how that all fits together.

                        $3.99/lb Organice
                        $4.99/lb Heirloom Organic
                        $5.99/lb Pasture raised

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                        Nancy Berry RE: LindaRacine Nov 15, 2009 04:51 PM

                        Diestel turkey prices at:

                        Guerra Meats, SF: $2.49/lb. free range turkey
                        Canyon Market, SF: free range $2.99/lb., organic $4.79/lb.
                        Bi-Rite Market, SF: free range $2.99/lb., organic $3.99/lb.

                        Bi-Rite Market
                        3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                        Canyon Market
                        2815 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA

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                            Kim Cooper RE: Nancy Berry Nov 15, 2009 09:10 PM

                            I just reserved one at Whole Foods San Mateo at $2.49/lb. They say it's on sale from $2.99/lb.

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                            boris_qd RE: Nancy Berry Nov 12, 2012 01:58 PM

                            Bi-Rite gave me difference pricing (from their email):

                            BN Ranch, Turlock, CA

                            Heritage Turkeys $6.99/pound
                            Broad-Breasted Turkeys $4.99/lb

                            From Diestel Ranch, Sonora CA

                            Diestel Range Grown Turkeys $3.49/ pound
                            Diestel Organic Turkeys $4.99/ pound

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                            kc72 RE: LindaRacine Nov 17, 2009 06:46 AM

                            $2.19/lb in the Raleys-Nob Hill ad today

                            1. Ruth Lafler RE: LindaRacine Nov 17, 2009 04:52 PM

                              Raleys/Nob Hill is advertising Diestels for $2.19/lb.

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                                sugartoof RE: LindaRacine Nov 24, 2009 04:38 PM

                                Are any of the regular free range Diestel's sold fresh?

                                Everywhere I've seen them in the city, they've been partially frozen, and appear to have been weighed while still frozen (maybe that's standard?), which means they looked very small. I've never bought a Diestel to know what's normal for them, but the 12.2 pound bird looked more like a chicken.

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                                  boris_qd RE: sugartoof Nov 12, 2012 01:57 PM

                                  I don't see why weighing while frozen would matter in terms of the size. Turkeys aren't frozen in a block of extraneous water are they?

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                                  Greennii RE: LindaRacine Nov 9, 2012 01:15 PM

                                  I just saw on The Willows Market - Menlo Park has Diestel Organic Turkeys $4.69/lb. - Heidi's HensĀ® CERTIFIED ORGANIC WHOLE TURKEY - I know that their diestel regular free range are cheeper. But I prefer the organic.

                                  Here is the link to the page:

                                  1. wolfe RE: LindaRacine Nov 12, 2012 02:43 PM

                                    2012 Costco prebrined Fra Mani Diestal non frozen $3.999/lb.

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                                      wolfe RE: wolfe Nov 13, 2012 02:00 PM

                                      Error price only $3.39 but 1st 2 ingredients turkey, water. The one I looked at was about$55 and use or freeze before 11/23.

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