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mhoffman Jul 21, 2010 12:58 PM

Pittsburgh, PA hound here, though I spent my formative years in Berkeley. My wife and I are cooking Thanksgiving supper this year at my parents' place in the East Bay. This is the time of year where I normally reserve a turkey. I have a great source here in Western PA, but I'm clueless as to whom to call in the Bay. I could just go through Heritage Foods USA, but I'd rather go local if possible. So who grows the best birds?

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    mhoffman Jul 23, 2010 12:57 PM

    Thanks for all the great suggestions, guys! Lots of leads here.

    1. Melanie Wong Jul 21, 2010 04:38 PM

      You can buy a heritage turkey grown locally by a 4H kid through Slow Food Russian River's Heritage Turkey Project.
      http://www.bohemian.com/bohemian/11.1...

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        dotMac Jul 21, 2010 07:40 PM

        My recommendation exactly. Last year we ate an organic free range Willie Bird, but this year we're planning the 4H route.

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        Willie Bird's Restaurant
        1150 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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          Melanie Wong Jul 21, 2010 07:50 PM

          I haven't tasted one of these birds yet, but I have a few friends who have been in the program since the beginning and they're sticking with it. This just reminded me that I talked to another acquaintance at a Christmas party who said that he had assisted with dispatching the birds and helping the kids. I'm considering being a volunteer this year.

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        ML8000 Jul 21, 2010 03:37 PM

        You can order a range of different turkeys at Berkeley Bowl, Diestel, Willie Bird, local, heirloom...and get all the produce and trimmings as well.

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        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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          TerriL Jul 21, 2010 03:00 PM

          This past Thanksgiving we got a heritage turkey from the San Rafael Whole Foods and I haven't eaten turkey since. Without going into too much detail, it wasn't properly plucked/cleaned, and Thanksgiving was like an episode of 'Six Feet Under'. I brought a photo to WF the next day and got my $ back (somewhere in the $80-$100) range if memory serves). I don't remember the name of the heritage producer, but we'll be getting this year's turkey at Magnani in Berkeley as we have in the past.

          1. PegS Jul 21, 2010 01:09 PM

            Are you looking to go straight from the source? If not, many of the local markets can order them for you, so I usually choose the one with the easiest parking. Mary's is the largest producer, and I usually pre-order my heritage turkey from Andronico's.

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              sfbing Jul 21, 2010 01:05 PM

              Marin Sun Farms distributes heritage birds grown by Bill Niman.

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