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Sep 23, 2012 03:37 PM

Thanksgiving turkeys 2012

Last year's topic:

The BN Ranch heritage bird I got from Marin Sun Farms last year was fantastic but prices have gone up quite a bit to $10-11.50 a pound.

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  1. Just got the announcement from Slow Food Russian River for this year's Thanksgiving turkeys raised by 4H kids in Sonoma County. Price is $7.50/lb. Only 180 available this year: Bronze, Narragansett and Beltsville Small Whites. Ordering info:

    Here's my photo set of the turkey "transformation" last year where volunteers harvest the heritage birds. Note that there is one picture with blood. I'm really glad to have the chance to observe the amount of care and respect shown these stately birds and how peacefully they pass.

    1. The email for the Community Supported Fishery that my mom belongs to on the Central Coast had much lower prices for BN birds:
      "Now Accepting Deposits for BN Ranch Turkeys for Thanksgiving, Delivery on 11/20
      The mission of Bolinas-based BN Ranch is to "create the best tasting and most wholesome humanely raised Heritage Turkeys in the world." These are some truly amazing birds. Both broad-breasted and heritage turkeys are available, in several size classes each. The prices will be $7.95/lb for heritage birds and $5.25/lb for broad breasted birds. Discounts may be possible if our order reaches a certain volume. If you are interested, please place a deposit on a turkey by making an order on our Web Store (instructions below), no later than midnight on 11/13. The deposit will be deducted from your LCMB balance. Once we know the exact weight of your turkey, we will charge you the difference with a 1-time charge. Since our site hosts have different storage capacaties, we may not be able to distribute turkeys at every site, and there will likely be some location consolidation to facilitate turkey pickup. More details to come, but rest assured that we will find a way to connect you with your turkey."

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        My CSF sent out a note that BN's broad-breasted turkeys are sold out. Still taking orders for heritage turkeys.

      2. I've read that the kosher turkeys from Empire are excellent, permit harried cooks avoid the brining step. First, is it so? Second, is there an East Bay source for Empire turkeys?

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        1. re: dordogne

          The kashering process for kosher meats introduces a "dry brine". TJ's used to sell Empire but dropped it a few years ago and replaced it with another kosher brand.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Wow, these price variations are pretty extreme.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Hate to say it, but it does make Marin Sun look like its price gouging. Have you called Cafe Rouge for its BN prices?

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Rouge has only the broad-breasted, not the heritage birds. $5.25/lb., 12-20 lbs.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  MSF site doesn't currently specify BN Ranch. Did that change?

                  1. re: drewskiSF

                    Huh, you're right, all the references to BN Ranch turkeys are from last year. An email I got last month about a tour says they're raising the broad-breasted birds on their own ranch. The list of heritage breeds is the same as BN Ranch's.

              2. For those interested in novelty items Costco online special: Big Easy Foods Creole Style Tur-Duc-Hen 15 lbs $64.99