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Free range turkey - Peel Region

Alacrity59 Dec 1, 2010 04:06 PM

Ok neighbours . . . . it is December 1. I've not bought a fresh turkey for a few years and the butcher I last bought one from is long closed. I recall having to place an order in advance.

Where will you send me to find a nice free range turkey?

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  1. Kagemusha Dec 2, 2010 03:37 AM

    Just Google "Free range Turkey Ontario." Personally, for the money, I get mine from Costco. Smaller heritage birds are another matter.

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      Alacrity59 Dec 2, 2010 03:37 PM

      Thanks for responding but golly . . . sending someone to do a search on google is hardly in the spirit of sharing good information. I'm looking for ideas from folk who have found a supplier they really appreciate and would recommend.

      1. re: Alacrity59
        Kagemusha Dec 3, 2010 04:31 AM

        My mistake. I meant a Gobble search.

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      CocoTO Dec 2, 2010 04:25 AM

      The best turkey we've ever had was this past Thanksgiving from Rowe Farms. We've always bought free range, but this bird was free range+++ in terms of flavour, moisture and amount of meat on the bird.

      Rowe Farms' meat is all locally raised without hormones or antibiotics and their animals eat a diet natural to their species - and they taste better for it. The cooperative has a number of permanent retail locations in Toronto, plus they're at St. Lawrence Market on Saturdays. See http://www.rowefarms.ca

      St. Lawrence Market
      92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

      Rowe Farms
      912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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      1. re: CocoTO
        Kagemusha Dec 2, 2010 05:06 AM

        Here's some info on Rowe Farms:


        Do a Google search. There are several sources around Peel you can investigate yourself.

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          CocoTO Dec 2, 2010 06:43 AM

          Thanks for the link to Rowe Farms info ... good to know. Maybe we've just been lucky but I stand by the fact that our family has had some of the best meat from there ...

          Rowe Farms
          912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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        czthemmnt Dec 2, 2010 10:48 AM

        If you can make your way to Oakville, I would happily and strongly recommend Dietrich's Meats:


        They sell free range turkeys for $2.89 lb. I went there for Thanksgiving, for my order, and customers who picked up their turkeys were already placing the next order for Christmas. I was also informed that many people ship these turkeys overseas because they are so delicious.

        It's a fabulous place- in an unassuming strip mall, in an industrial area, but it's amazing. They bring in cakes and pastries every holiday, from Dufflet and Rocco, they have marinated meats of all kinds, and prepare various stuffings, sauces, and side dishes on site. Truly delicious stuff.

        Oh, did I mention if you go around any holiday, they offer a FREE hot table for customers to sample all their goodies (including the turkey)? Plus cookies and other snacks? And sandwiches showcasing their roast beef, corned beef, etc?

        1917 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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          Kagemusha Dec 2, 2010 10:54 AM

          That's the going rate. Who supplies their turkeys? BTW, how do you ship a fresh turkey overseas??? Just asking.

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            czthemmnt Dec 2, 2010 11:16 AM

            Have no idea who supplies the turkeys but I'm sure they would tell you.

            As for shipping...dry ice? LOL

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            Alacrity59 Dec 2, 2010 03:41 PM

            Sounds like the kind of place I'm looking for. I'm saving the web address for further investigation. I pass through Oakville at least once a week.

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