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Stillman's, or somewhere else for Thanksgiving turkey?

gansu girl Oct 30, 2012 11:24 AM

Hi all,

I decided I want to get a *good*, local turkey for Thanksgiving this year. I usually order a turkey from WFM, and it's always fine, but not outstanding in any way. I hear great things about Stillman's, but have been trying them on the phone for days w/no luck in getting anyone to answer.

Is Stillman's as terrific as I've heard? Where else should I consider? And does anyone know how best to get in touch w/Stillman's??

Many thanks,


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    Gabatta RE: gansu girl Oct 30, 2012 11:41 AM

    The past few years we have had Misty Knoll Farms for Thanksgiving. They are from VT, so not exactly local, but they are the best birds we have ever cooked. They had some at Savenors a few years ago, and we pre-ordered through the Meat House last year. We felt these birds were much tastier than those we have gotten from Owen's Poultry Farm in Needham. These are all traditional birds I speak of (not heritage).

    We've not tried Stillmans, but it looks like you can get in touch and download a preorder form here


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      gansu girl RE: Gabatta Oct 30, 2012 11:50 AM

      Thanks for the tip re Misty Knoll - I'll check them out. And yes, that's the info. I have for Stillman's - cannot "fill out" that form to email it b/c it's read-only, and they're not answering the phone although they say they take phone orders - ??


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        justbeingpolite RE: gansu girl Oct 30, 2012 11:56 AM

        If you're in the Lexington area, Wagon Wheel gets them fresh, never frozen, from somewhere in western MA.

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        9lives RE: Gabatta Oct 30, 2012 12:44 PM

        I'm a big fan of Misty Knolls chicken, which I "discovered" at a farm stand in VT a few years ago; and usually available at Savenor's. I'm sure they have great turkey.


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          Gabatta RE: Gabatta Oct 31, 2012 10:12 AM

          Coincidentally for anyone who gets milk delivered from Crescent Ridge, we got a flyer with our delivery today which said they'd be delivering Misty Knoll turkeys Thanksgiving week.

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          Jenny Ondioline RE: gansu girl Oct 30, 2012 12:10 PM

          Re: Stillman's not answering their phone -- there was a bit of a weather event yesterday, which almost certainly required several days' worth of preparation beforehand to make sure the animals and buildings were going to be secure during the storm. Answering the phone was probably less of a priority during that period.

          We've always just ordered our turkeys from Kate Stillman in person at one of the farmers' markets they work over the course of a week, and then pick them up at a market during Thanksgiving week.

          Stillman's turkeys are decidedly spendy, but they're also by some distance the best turkeys we've ever had.

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            FinnFPM RE: Jenny Ondioline Oct 31, 2012 11:56 AM

            They've been advertising their turkeys for at least a month at the Farmers Markets, and I believe that as of last week they were still taking pre-orders.

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            JessGo RE: gansu girl Oct 30, 2012 12:44 PM

            We get our turkey from Brambly Farms. They are down near Mansfield. Super tasty. I used to get Stillman's and they are good but I've preferred to get my turkey from a smaller farm the past few years.

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              teezeetoo RE: JessGo Oct 30, 2012 01:39 PM

              We experimented with a variety of birds, including very expensive heritage birds, farm birds, etc. For several years we have discovered we are exceptionally happy with fresh birds from Mayflower at an extremely reasonable price. My family voted them the "best" bird four years ago and we have given up searching for the :perfect farm bird."

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                hotoynoodle RE: teezeetoo Oct 30, 2012 08:10 PM

                have been very happy with both goose and turkey from mayflower.

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                  threedogs RE: hotoynoodle Nov 24, 2012 03:09 PM

                  Can I ask how much the turkey was this year at Mayflower - and if you were as pleased with it this year?

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                    teezeetoo RE: threedogs Nov 24, 2012 05:19 PM

                    We bought and brined two 15 pound birds from Mayflower, smoked them outside on two grills, paid about $2.00 a pound (don't remember the exact amount), and they were superb: so good, that the family is grumbling that we didn't have more for leftovers as they all are finishing their "care packages" tonight. Even reheated, they were tender and terrific.

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                      threedogs RE: teezeetoo Nov 24, 2012 08:53 PM

                      That's great, teezeetoo!! I can handle that price a lot better than others. I'd love to smoke some, too, someday. We don't really have the set up right now for that - but, perhaps, in the future...

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                        phatchris RE: threedogs Nov 25, 2012 05:20 AM

                        2.99 a lb at Mayflower, we got a big boy 24lber, just cooked it traditionally at 325 and everyone loved it.

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              lergnom RE: gansu girl Oct 30, 2012 04:40 PM

              The Meat House sells heritage breed turkeys. I'm not sure where they come from. It may be PA. But they're good. Not meaty but tasty.

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                tartandfit RE: gansu girl Oct 30, 2012 05:18 PM

                I got a bird from Russo's last year and it was great. Checked the website, but they don't have the purveyor listed yet.

                1. trufflehound RE: gansu girl Oct 31, 2012 05:44 AM

                  There are many local Turkey Farms. In Holliston, Outpost sells a great bird, Gaerard is back in Framingham and I know of one in Needham. Your location?

                  1. CapeCodGuy RE: gansu girl Oct 31, 2012 11:07 AM

                    I'd be interested in any South shore recs. I've had birds from Bongi's which were okay. There's a local Cape Farm that does heritage birds, but I can't afford $140 for a 20 pounder this year.

                    1. gansu girl RE: gansu girl Nov 1, 2012 09:48 AM

                      Thanks for all these recommendations, everyone! Just got thru to Stillman's and ordered up a turkey . . . wil let you know, and will keep all these other places in my back pocket!

                      Looking forward to a bird that makes me want to eat turkey, and not just sides . . . .


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                        Splendid Spatula RE: gansu girl Nov 9, 2012 01:58 PM

                        I just called Savenor's to find out where their "Vermont Fresh Foraging Turkey" was coming from, and was told that they can't give out that information! I was curious if it was this vaunted Misty Knoll bird, but apparently I will never know.

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