Turtle Meat - MSP Metro Only
Pets or meat!
Dragon Star Market at Minnehaha and Dale in St. Paul had, at one time, tanks with more than one variety of live turtles for sale. They also had big bullfrogs sitting in chillers waiting for you to take them home and slaughter. It's been at least two years since I've been to Dragon Star, so you might want to call them first if it's a long drive.
This is tricky....there are several species of turtles harvested in MN for meat, including painted, snapping, and softshell. There's a lot of reason to believe that commercial harvesting of turtles in MN is not sustainable. Turtles are long lived, but take a long time to reach maturity, and their reproductive success tends to be pretty low. They aren't farmed in MN - they are all wild caught. Since Wisconsin closed their turtle harvesting several years ago, there's been more pressure in MN. That, coupled with an increased Asian market for turtle meat, has led some to question whether commercial turtle trapping MN is ecologically sustainable. Many think it's not.
I'm not saying you shouldn't buy MN turtle meat, but only saying that it's more complicated (ecologically) than farming pigs.
The only place I have seen turtle meat was at the Hmong Market off Rice street in St. Paul. I would guess United Noodle would have some as well.
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN