Free range turkey - Peel Region
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?
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
912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA
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