Gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving is called Turkey Day for a reason: Tom Turkey is the star of the day. There are may great places to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey in and around the Boston area. Whether the buyer is seeking a raw turkey to cook at home, an already-roasted turkey, an organic or a natural turkey, there are plenty of places to make the purchase in time for the holiday.
Natick Community Organic Farm
117 Eliot St.
Natick, MA 01760
Natick Community Organic Farm has been selling lusciously moist turkeys for 20 years. The farm raises about 180 turkeys, which are sold frozen, every Thanksgiving. The farm provides a pick-up day for its organically fed turkeys. Interestingly, the turkeys each eat about one pound of feed per day, which includes organic roasted soybeans, organic corn, vitamins, minerals and probiotics, during the last four weeks before they are slaughtered. Farm members are given ordering priority until Oct. 15, when the ordering is open to the public.
Stillman’s at the Turkey Farm
561 Thresher Road
Hardwick, MA 01037
Stillman’s turkeys eat a balance of healthy grains and are free-range, but not certified organic. The turkeys are sold fresh, not frozen, to CSA members and preorders are also taken via telephone. The farm is based in Hardwick, MA, which is in the western part of the state or about 1 1/2 hours from the city, so to save travel time for turkey pickup, Stillman’s offers Thanksgiving turkey drop-offs in Boston, Cambridge and Jamaica Plain.
10 Pleasant St.
Lexington, MA 02421
Fresh farm-raised turkeys from Wilson Farm have up to 54 percent more white meat than other turkeys. They are naturally “light,” fresh turkeys that offer 25 percent fewer calories and lower sodium. Turkeys are offered from 10 to 32 pounds each. Wilson Farm also offers plump turkey breasts with enough room for stuffing, cooked turkeys and smoked turkeys. There is something to please everyone at Thanksgiving dinner.
Raymond’s Turkey Farm
163 Hampstead St.
Methuen, MA 01844
Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys are raised and slaughtered at Raymond’s Turkey Farm. They are raised slowly in a covered open-air environment and fed a high quality, all natural grain diet. Interestingly, commercially raised turkeys can grow to full size in 10 weeks, but Raymond’s Turkey Farm raises them naturally and slowly over 4 to 5 months. The meat is tender with ample fat under the skin. Raymond’s Turkey Farm sells fresh turkey, not frozen.
Elm Turkey Farm
298 Arlington St.
Dracut, MA 01826
Elm Turkey Farm is located in Dracut, MA, which is 40 minutes north of Boston. They offer antibiotic-free, hormone-free and preservative-free turkeys weighing anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds. The turkeys are raised on high-quality grain and feed. Elm Turkey Farm is open in October to offer fresh dressed turkeys and turkey pies. In November and December they offer fresh, whole turkeys for the best Thanksgiving and holiday family dinners.
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