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Free Range Heritage Turkey

rudeboy Nov 18, 2010 06:25 PM

I think that I can get one from Central Market, according to their flyer. They are selling "Mary's" free range turkey for $1.99, but then advertise :also look for...Certified Organic, Free Range Heritage..." etc.

Is there a better, local alternative?

PS - Central Market is also advertising a "Greenberg Smoked Turkey" for $50. Anybody had one?

Central Market
4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

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    abd Nov 24, 2010 08:55 AM

    Picked up a pastured Bourbon Red heritage bird from White Egret Farm way down FM969. They're selling them for $4/lb at the farm, with the full flock and bird-catching staff in full view (though not the slaughtering and de-feathering). The only catch was that we had to wait in line for them to prepare just the right bird for us, which in our case took 2 hours! Other people waiting on line swore it's the best turkey they've ever eaten; I'll have to report back after T-day.

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      rudeboy Nov 24, 2010 10:47 AM

      Aw man, I took the easy way out and got the Free Range from Central Market for $2/lb. The organic ones were all huge, so the final price was over $70 for a turkey. How much did that Bourbon Red weigh?

      Central Market
      4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

      1. re: rudeboy
        Philly369 Nov 24, 2010 02:06 PM

        Your turkey was 35 pounds ? I'd have hated to carry out the organic ones that you described as "Huge" !!! Happy Thanksgiving all !

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          rudeboy Nov 24, 2010 04:32 PM

          Oh, I wasn't clear. My turkey was 16 lbs and cost $32. All of the organic ones that were left (there were only about 10 or so), were well over 20 lbs. At $3.50, the price really shot up. In my experience, those huge turkeys don't taste as good as the 12-16 pounders.

          1. re: rudeboy
            achtungpv Nov 27, 2010 08:46 AM

            Once you get over 17-18 lbs, there seems to be diminished returns on the meat:bone ratio. Dunno if the bones are more dense and heavier but 16-18 seems to produce the best turkey meat.

      2. re: abd
        abd Nov 29, 2010 10:44 AM

        for what it's worth, the White Egret Farm bourbon red heritage turkey was amazing. It tasted like a totally different animal from any turkey I've eaten before and the skin was crisp, lacquered and glistening. we cooked it low and slow as per their directions (300-325 for 4.5 hours for a 16 lb bird) and my mother-in-law, who's done thanksgiving for the last 30 years, said we knocked it out of the park. so I guess I'll probably brave the 2 hour wait again next year.

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          Carter B. Nov 29, 2010 11:47 AM

          Thanks for the reply back. Sounds really good..

      3. rudeboy Nov 19, 2010 12:55 PM

        FYI - Central Market is all out of heritage turkeys at both locations. They will not be getting any more.

        Central Market
        4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

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        1. re: rudeboy
          Steven Dilley Nov 20, 2010 10:20 AM

          The south location had some heritage turkeys this morning. Bagged separately in clear packaging but included with the other fresh turkeys. None of them were priced, but there was a sign labeling them as heritage. All of the other turkeys (free range, organic, breast-only, etc.) were priced and had standard packaging. They had smoked turkey (and the Greenberg smoked turkeys) as well. The sign for the heritage birds said they were 16-20 lbs, which looked about right. Maybe they found a few in back.

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            rudeboy Nov 22, 2010 06:48 AM

            That's extremely dissapointing because it just the opposite of what the "Holiday Specialist" told me over the phone! I'm sure that they're gone by now, but I'll call the actual meat guy and see if I can reserve one. Thanks for the heads up!

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              Steven Dilley Nov 23, 2010 06:32 AM

              Probably too late and you probably already thought of this, but Wheatsville tends to carry a lot of local meat and poultry. Might be worth a shot...

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                rudeboy Nov 23, 2010 08:56 AM

                Thanks for the heads up. I called them - Free Range for $2.99/lb and Certified Organic Free Range for $3.49/lb.

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          angusb Nov 18, 2010 08:46 PM

          I *HATED* the Greenberg turkey. It tasted like kerosene. The entire family was turned off by it, and they're not hard to please by any means.

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            Rene Nov 18, 2010 07:11 PM

            Check this out... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7461...

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              rudeboy Nov 19, 2010 04:43 AM

              oops - sorry for the duplicate post. No more Greenberg responses to this post, go to the other post!

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