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Oct 11, 2010 12:11 PM

Farm fresh turkey NH?

Looking for a farm fresh turkey for Thanksgiving...located in Southern NH but willing to drive a little.

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  1. Lull Farm does it every year. You order it early and pick it up the week of Thanksgiving. They get the turkeys from a farm in MA. I have seen other farms in NH but cannot remember where right now, but I believe they were further north.

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      1. re: whs

        It usually costs $60 in the end, I can't remember price per pound. Flavor's good, get more dark meat than breast. We do brine it, but still, it's better than the solution injected into a store-bought turkey, IMO. Basically, you don't really taste the difference when you doctor it up yourself, but I like to buy it from them just to buy local.

      1. Has anyone ever eaten a heritage turkey and is it worth the cost?

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        1. re: observor

          I've eaten the Bourbon Reds and the Narrangasett and I really like the gamey flavor and the predominance of dark meat. The downside is that they are VERY pricey and on the smaller side, usually maxing out at about 15-18 pounds. Yellow House Farm in Barrington NH has them for the holidays, although I know you have to order them early.

          1. re: greenstate

            Is the flavor much different from Whites and is it worth the extra money?

            1. re: greenstate

              I'm not raising heritage turkeys in NH right now but I did for quite a few years. The "smaller" issue with the heritage turkeys doesn't really exist. You'll feed as many people with an 18 pound bourbon red as with a 24 pound Butterball. Those supermarket turkeys are soaked in fluid before wrapping. By time you get done cooking, much of that is evaporated or left in the pan. The heritage meat, not having lost all this added water and/or oil, is denser and more filling. Between less waste and needing less meat to eat to feel full, not to mention the better texture and taste, the weight difference for a heritage bird isn't as great it seems.

            2. re: observor

              Yes, I've had the Heritage and liked it very much. If you are a turkey lover you will notice the subtle differences, particularly in the dark meat which tends to have a richer and gamier flavor. More likely than not your guests will not notice the difference. Is it worth the price? Yes, for a special meal with a limited number of guests. They are smaller than the normal turkey and I think you will have a tough time finding a fresh one (non-frozen) since there are not too many farms raising them. I remember it being about $3.99 or so a pound.

              I should note that I am torn this year between getting the farm fresh Broad Breasted White Holland Turkey from a local farm or going with the Whole Foods free range and fresh option, which is less expensive and quite good I find. Certainly the guests can't tell the difference. If I could find a local place that raises heritage turkeys, either Narragansetts or Bourbon Reds, I'd probably give that a shot. I live in Bedford, MA.

              1. re: Highland Park

                There seem to be quite a few places with heritage turkeys in NH, but I am not sure how you got one at $3.99, as the least expensive seem to be around $6.99. A BB White is $3.09. I read the Whole Foods one is not very good and is $10 a pound.

                1. re: observor

                  I got the hertiage at Whole Foods in Newton, MA for New Year's two years ago. It came from a farm in PA and was frozen. Looking at the local prices for heritage breeds, you are correct in that this was an abnormally low price. Maybe they rang it up wrong and charged me the organic turkey price? I know some WF's source from from the Diestel Farm in CA.


            3. I was just at Connolly Dairy Farm in Temple today, and I saw that they are offering their farm raised turkeys this year. 3.99/lb, you owe them $30 when you sign up (very few spots left!) then you pay the rest when you pick up and weigh your bird. First come, first serve the week of pick up, starting the Mon. before Thanksgiving. The birds range from 14-20+ pounds, so there is no guarantee of what you will get. I'd only be afraid I'd be stuck with a Thanksgiving turkey that costs me over $100!!

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