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Where to buy a Thanksgiving turkey

When we lived on the East Coast, we would get our Thanksgiving turkey from a farmer near our cabin, who raised beautiful, free-range birds in about as humane a manner as you could get. I don't have the time to go to a farm but would still love the freshest, most natural turkey possible. Any suggestions of where I can order one at a farmer's market or store that would fill the bill? We are only six people for dinner, so I'm looking for something small.

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  1. Dot's Deli in Fremont was advertising that they have some 14-16lb'ers from Mad Hatcher and Lucky Pig Farm that you could reserve to pick up fresh on 11/22

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    1. re: Brunhilde

      Hi, Brunhilde:

      Based on your deep cred here, today I bit on a Mad Hatcher from Dot's.

      A couple of caveat emptors here. (1) OUCH! The Mad Hatchers are $6/lb. and the Lucky Pig Farm birds are $7/lb. (2) It's $50 down, the rest COD. (3) While these are both supposedly organic-fed and "free range", they are still broad-breast birds, i.e., not "heirloom".

      $100+ for a turkey? I'm doing it this once... It better be good...

      Aloha,
      Kaleo

      1. re: kaleokahu

        Oh man! I didn't check out the price on these, just saw the sign for them when I was eating their celery root soup for lunch the other day. I hope it's good as well!

        1. re: Brunhilde

          Hi, Brunhilde:

          I was just joshing about the "responsibility" for a $100 turkey. You have given such *outstanding* and comprehensive info here on Seattle, that even if this were a complete bust, your stock would not fall with me.

          Aloha,
          Kaleo

          1. re: kaleokahu

            Let us know how it turns out. I got a fresh heirloom turkey once for Thanksgiving, and thought it was the best I'd ever made, but I've always worried that it was maybe psychological compensation for paying so much! If you feel inclined, their products in their deli case I really love (especially anything with rabbit! I had a poultry allergy growing up and rabbit was common on our table). The lady there was super sweet about giving me small slices of several things when I was shopping for a picnic this summer. Although after dropping that amount of dough on a turkey I would totally understand not wanting to buy anything else!

            1. re: Brunhilde

              Bumping this up because I am figuring this out again this year. I got a heritage turkey two years ago from a farmer in Tacoma but had to drive thereā€”it was great, but I can't do that again. Last year I bought from Rainshadow in Melrose Market and they didn't wind up with the size I'd ordered, and it was crazy expensive. It was very, very good, though. Any other suggestions? I don't have time to drive outside the city.

              1. re: sweetpotater

                Green Bow farm still has heritage turkeys for $8/lb (not cheap but they're stuff is amazing). They are doing two Seattle pick-up locations (WS and Ballard). Turkeys will likely be on the smaller side. As of two weeks ago, River Farm had broad-breasted whites left for $6.50/lb and they do pick-up at WS farmers market or I think u-district farmers market. Good luck.

                1. re: sweetpotater

                  Terra Cole in West Seattle has Northwest Naturals at $3.50 lb. (11-20 lbs.) and Mary's Organics at $6.50 lb. (8-12 lbs.).

                  They'll also brine or smoke for a "small upcharge."

                  206-258-2475

                2. re: Brunhilde

                  Hi, brunhilde:

                  I see I owe you an answer--3 years late.

                  The $100 fresh Luxury Turkey turned out fine. Frankly, IF there was an improvement over the $20 supermarket frozen birds I've always cooked, I missed it. The way I look at it, I could have served the same grade meal along with a REALLY good bottle of wine.

                  Not doing that again.

                  Aloha,
                  Kaleo

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    Hahaha, I was wondering about that, Kaleo. I ordered a Heidi's Hens organic, free-range 12-14 pounder from PCC today, $3.99 a pound. That price doesn't make me shudder the way I did when I picked up my Rainshadow bird last year, though I am bummed it's not local. I just didn't have the time to search. I'll be lucky to get everything on the table this year.

        2. As I understand it from various food columnists and websites, the time to order Heritage Turkeys from a shop or farmer was back in the summer, and sources I know of are sold out.
          Last weekend, there was still turkey's available from Dot's Deli in Fremont. You might call and see if they can hook you up. This was a suprising announcment that they were just opening thier ordering then, so perhaps you can get one.
          You can certainly get an organic free-range bird, if not a heritage one, through PCC or Whole Foods around the area.

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          1. re: gingershelley

            I ordered my heritage turkey a while back from Blue Valley Meats. They are now sold out but they still have their broad breasted whites at 4.99/lb. From their web site "Bernie Nash raises all of our turkeys for us in a free-range environment with healthy, non-GMO feed."

            1. re: gingershelley

              Anyone still looking for a heritage turkey for this Thanksgiving can contact me. I run a small poultry farm in Gig Harbor specializing in free range meat and eggs. I had a few cancellations so I just placed and ad on Craigslist and we have a listing on Local Harvest (a nice website if you are into local food) under FireWater Farm if you would like more information. I would love to find buyers for these birds that I so very carefully and humanely raised.