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Oct 11, 2011 06:03 AM

Where are you getting your turkey?

I'm trying to decide where to get my turkey this year. I like a heritage turkey but have had to have them shipped. I would like to go with a locally raised bird. Heritage would still be best but I would go with free range organic white turkey if it is local and high quality.

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  1. You can order local turkeys for Thanksgiving pickup at the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      You can also order local pastured turkeys for pickup at Headhouse Square Farmers Market, not sure if any of the farmers have heritage birds or not.

      1. re: barryg

        Griggstown (at Headhouse) has Heritage Turkey's for sure - not sure about the other poultry purveyors there.

        1. re: Bigley9

          We've done Griggstown for years (well, ever since the Head House Market opened), and have always been pleased. They'll brine and truss if you like as well.

    2. I get mine at the Amish market in Newtown (bucks co). I would think any of the other area markets where the Amish bring in their goods would work too.

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      1. re: mary0201

        great market but I do not believe that they have heritage birds

        1. Dave's Poultry at the Flourtown Farmer's Market. Fresh and from Lancaster.

          1. I had never heard of a heritage turkey before this, so to anyone with experience, what do you usually pay and is it possible to get a 15 pounder? Article I read said they don't typically get as big as conventional birds.

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            1. re: ecyor

              Bolton's, Route 113 in Silverdale

              1. re: teddybare

                Bolton's turkey are excellent but not Heritage breed, if that is what you have your heart set on.

                1. re: ecyor

                  I got an email around this time last year from the Fair Food Farmstand (where I've ordered turkeys in the past), and last year they offered these options. You picked a weight range for your bird and they would deliver one within that range.


                  Naturally-raised Turkey
                  Naturally-raised broad-breasted whites from Koch's Turkey Farm in Tamaqua, PA. Like all of our turkeys, these are raised without the use of hormones and antibiotics, free-roaming in a barn.

                  Weight Range: 8-12 lbs; 12-16 lbs; 16-30 lbs; 20-24 lbs; 24-28 lbs; 28-32 lbs.

                  Price: $2.99/lb

                  Organic Turkey
                  Organic broad-breasted white turkeys from Spring Water Farm (the same farm as our Dutch Meadows raw milk!). These turkeys are raised on pasture and fed Certified Organic feed.

                  Weight Range: 10-14 lbs; 14-19 lbs; 19-22 lbs.

                  Price: $4.50/lb

                  Heritage Breed Turkey
                  These Heritage Breed Turkeys are Red Bourbons, a breed of turkey first developed right here in Pennsylvania in the 19th century. They are raised on pasture at Griggstown Quail Farm in Princeton, NJ.

                  Weight Range: 7-10 lbs; 10-14 lbs.

                  Price: $7.99/lb

                  Griggstown Quail Farm
                  986 Canal Rd, Princeton, NJ

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    Thanks Buckethead, very helpful once again

                    1. re: Buckethead

                      Last year I specifically asked for a big Red Bourbon because 10 pounds wouldnt feed my crew and they got me one around 15.5 pounds (just FYI)

                        1. re: Buckethead

                          I've never heard of Griggstown Quail Farm which is not too far away from me in Bucks County. Thanks for the tip, Buckethead! I will be headed there in the near future.

                          Griggstown Quail Farm
                          986 Canal Rd, Princeton, NJ

                          1. re: mary0201

                            Sure! FYI, they make and sell very good frozen pot pies there (though I've never been to the actual farm, so I can't say for sure that they sell them on the premises).

                            1. re: Buckethead

                              I have been to the farm and they do sell them there!