Sustainable Turkey Roundup 2009

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If you haven’t already started thinking about what kind of Thanksgiving turkey to buy or where to buy it, now is the time to do so. I posted last week about where to buy locally-grown turkeys, and here’s a link in case you missed it. If you want a local turkey – including free-range, pasture-raised, organic and Heritage birds – please order now before they’re all gone.

If you prefer buying your turkey in a local supermarket or specialty grocer, here’s the Official Buying Guide to Sustainable Turkeys. If you feel you need a refresher on how to carve a turkey, Whole Foods Market Westport is holding a How to Carve a Turkey Demo on Saturday, November 7 from 11-11:30 and again from 2-2:30.

Whole Foods Markets in Greenwich, Westport and Milford (opening Nov. 11!) are taking orders for five different turkeys: all natural, organic, free-range and kosher. Not sure which turkey is right for you? Join Analiese Paik, Founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide at Whole Foods Market Westport on Friday, November 13 from 4-7 pm for a Turkey Tasting and Sustainable Discussion. From free range and organic turkeys to brined turkeys, Whole Foods Market’s exacting standards cover everything from prohibiting artificial ingredients to promoting sustainable farming practices and supporting local communities. The first 25 guests receive a free Turkey Thermometer and turkey tips and recipes will be available to take home. Hope to see you there!

  1. Plainville Farms All Natural Turkey is a fresh, humanely raised, all natural turkey grown on family farms in New Oxford, PA in the heart of Amish country. An exclusive Animal Friendly trademark, endorsed by the USDA, recognizes Plainville Farms’ efforts in the humane treatment of animals. The company is committed to “producing the finest natural food products available, treating people and animals well, living and doing business in a more environmentally sustainable manner, and positively impacting our communities.” Turkeys range from 10-30 pounds.
  2. If you’d like to eat turkey from the same farm that’s supplied the White House for over 40 years, opt for a Whole Foods Market Free-Range Turkey bred selectively by Jaindl Farms, a family owned and operated business located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Jaindl turkeys have been selected by the National Turkey Federation to supply the turkey that graces the holiday table at the White house each Thanksgiving.” Jaindl’s “Blue Ribbon” all natural, free range turkey is raised in a specially designed area of their farm without the use of antibiotics and animal by-products. Choose from 8-30 pounds.
  3. Whole Foods Market Free-Range Organic Turkey is raised in Pennsylvania by Eberly and Koch’s Turkey Farms. Eberly Free-Range Organic Turkeys areU.S.D.A. inspected and certified organically grown by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and Pennsylvania Certified Organic. These free-range turkeys are raised on small Amish and Mennonite family farms in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country without the use of growth stimulants, antibiotics or animal by products in their organic feed. The result is a tender turkey with more abundant flavor and greater meatiness. Sizes range from 8 to 30 pounds. Koch’s Turkey Farms’ turkeys are antibiotic free and have free range access to grassy outdoor areas that provide natural sunlight, fresh air and food. Their turkeys meet strict Humane Guidelines and Welfare Standards for Turkeys and Koch’s scored a 100% on the Turkey Welfare and Humane practices independent audit by Steritech.
  4. Kosher Valley Turkey is an all natural, antibiotic-free, humanely raised, certified kosher turkey that is available between 10 and 16 pounds. According to a recent press release, “Unlike conventionally raised kosher poultry, they are fed a diet of pure corn and soybeans that is free of animal by-products. The chickens and turkeys are humanely raised with room to roam and ready access to vegetarian feed and fresh water at all times.  All Kosher Valley products are certified by Rabbi Yechiel Babad and the Orthodox Union and produced in Plainville, New York.”
  5. Wise Organic Pastures Kosher Turkeys are double certified – Certified Kosher and USDA Certified Organic! Former homemaker Rachel Wiesenfeld became an entrepreneur in 1992 when she founded Wise Organic Pastures. These birds are raised at Greenwood Farm in Lancaster County, PA and processed in a kosher facility. “We raise our turkeys on a natural diet, give them access to sunshine, fresh air and pasture, and keep them off antibiotics and hormones.” Turkeys range in size from 10 to 18 pounds.

Trader Joe’s Stores in Fairfield, Darien, Westport and Danbury

Three choices of fresh, all natural, antibiotic free, brined turkeys are available at Trader Joe’s beginning November 9. Choose from the 12-16 pound, the 16-22 plus pound bigger bird, or the Glatt Kosher 12-16 plus pound turkey brined with Kosher salt. Turkeys are sold fresh with giblets except for the Glatt Kosher.

Palmer’s Market, Darien (203) 655-2077

1.       Palmer’s Exclusive: Fresh, free-range turkeys from Willie Bird Turkeys in Sonoma, CA are famous for their superior quality and taste. If the name rings a bell, it’s probably because you’ve seen their smoked poultry products featured in Williams-Sonoma catalogs.

2.       Plainville Farms All Natural Turkey is a fresh, humanely raised, all natural turkey grown on family farms in New Oxford, PA in the heart of Amish country. An exclusive Animal Friendly trademark, endorsed by the USDA, recognizes Plainville Farms’ efforts in the humane treatment of animals. If Plainville Farms sounds familiar, it’s because the new for 2009 Martha Stewart Young Turkey is produced in partnership with the farm, and that’s also available at Palmer’s. The company is committed to “producing the finest natural food products available, treating people and animals well, living and doing business in a more environmentally sustainable manner, and positively impacting our communities.”

3.       If you’d like to eat the same turkey that’s being served at the White House, opt for one bred selectively by Jaindl Farms, a family owned and operated business located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. According to their web site, “For more than 40 years, the “Grand Champion” brand turkey has been selected by the National Turkey Federation to supply the turkey that graces the holiday table at the White house each Thanksgiving.” Jaindl’s broad-breasted “Grand Champion” turkeys produce up to 54% more white meat than other brands and their “Blue Ribbon” all natural, free range turkey is raised in a specially designed area of their farm without the use of antibiotics and animal by-products.

4.       Bell & Evans turkeys all come from the same farm in Pennsylvania Dutch Country where they are raised without antibiotics or hormones and are “fed a diet that consists of corn, soy, vitamins and minerals, never any animal by-products” according to the company web site. Now this is a revelation: the web site also states that “the same producer of Bell & Evans turkeys has been the White House choice for holiday dinners for more than 30 years. Our turkeys are all-natural and bred to grow slower, produce an extremely broad breast (up to 20% more breast meat) with a moist, tender and flavorful taste.” I figured it had to be Jaindl Farms growing their turkeys and my research confirmed it!

Mrs. Green’s Fairfield and Stamford Stores

Mrs. Green’s is taking orders for these fresh turkeys, including a free-range, organic kosher option. Please pre-order for Thanksgiving with a $10 deposit online or at the store.

1.       Eberly Free-Range Organic Turkeys are U.S.D.A. inspected and certified organically grown by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and Pennsylvania Certified Organic. These free-range turkeys are raised on small Amish and Mennonite family farms in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country without the use of growth stimulants, antibiotics or animal by products in their organic feed. Sizes range from 8 to 28 pounds.

2.       Murray’s All Natural Turkeys are “raised in the idyllic Blue Mountains in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster countryside with plenty of fresh air and room to spread their wings” according to the company web site. Murray’s 100% natural turkeys are Certified Humane raised and handled, never receive growth hormones or antibiotics, and are free of preservatives or other artificial ingredients. Turkeys range in size from 10 to 32 pounds.

3.       Wise Organic Pastures Free-Range, Organic, Kosher Turkeys are double certified – Certified Kosher and USDA Certified Organic! Former homemaker Rachel Wiesenfeld became an entrepreneur in 1992 when she founded Wise Organic Pastures. These birds are raised at Greenwood Farm in Lancaster County, PA and processed in a kosher facility. Turkeys range in size from 10 to 18 pounds.

4.       Kosher Valley is an all natural, antibiotic-free, humanely raised turkey that is available between 10 and 20 pounds. According to a recent press release, “Unlike conventionally raised kosher poultry, they are fed a diet of pure corn and soybeans that is free of animal by-products. The chickens and turkeys are humanely raised with room to roam and ready access to vegetarian feed and fresh water at all times.  All Kosher Valley products are certified by Rabbi Yechiel Babad and the Orthodox Union and produced in Plainville, New York.”

Wilton Village Market, Wilton (203) 762-7283

1.       Gozzi Guilford White Turkey from Gozzi’s Turkey Farms are either raised on their farm in Guilford, CT or on farms in Iowa using their own special breed grown according to their specifications. These turkeys are raised in enormous barns where they can roam while remaining safe from coyotes and wolves. Raised on corn and grain, the turkeys receive no hormones or antibiotics. Fresh turkeys are delivered to the store the weekend before Thanksgiving.

2.       Plainville Farms All Natural Turkey is a fresh, humanely raised, all natural turkey grown on family farms in New Oxford, PA in the heart of Amish country. An exclusive Animal Friendly trademark, endorsed by the USDA, recognizes Plainville Farms’ efforts in the humane treatment of animals. The company is committed to “producing the finest natural food products available, treating people and animals well, living and doing business in a more environmentally sustainable manner, and positively impacting our communities.”

3. Eberly Free-Range Organic Turkeys are U.S.D.A. inspected and certified organically grown by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and Pennsylvania Certified Organic. These free-range turkeys are raised on small Amish and Mennonite family farms in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country without the use of growth stimulants, antibiotics or animal by products in their organic feed. Sizes range from 8 to 28 pounds.

4.       Round Hill All Natural Fresh Young Turkey is available year round at the market and is a product of Pilgrim’s Pride, one of the largest poultry companies in the US and Mexico.

Walter Stewart’s Market, New Canaan (203) 966-4848

Walter Stewart’s turkeys are available fresh and phone or walk in orders are being accepted now for pick up before Thanksgiving.

1.       Bell & Evans turkeys all come from the same farm in Pennsylvania Dutch Country where they are raised without antibiotics or hormones and are “fed a diet that consists of corn, soy, vitamins and minerals, never any animal by-products” according to the company web site. Now this is a revelation: the web site also states that “the same producer of Bell & Evans turkeys has been the White House choice for holiday dinners for more than 30 years. Our turkeys are all-natural and bred to grow slower, produce an extremely broad breast (up to 20% more breast meat) with a moist, tender and flavorful taste.” I figured it had to be Jaindl Farms growing their turkeys and my research confirmed it!

2.       Gozzi Guilford White Turkey from Gozzi’s Turkey Farms are either raised on their farm in Guilford, CT or on farms in Iowa using their own special breed and grown according to their specifications. These turkeys are raised in enormous barns where they can room and roam while remaining safe from coyotes and wolves. Raised on corn and grain, they turnkey receive no hormones or antibiotics. Fresh turkeys are delivered to the store the weekend before Thanksgiving.

3.       Grateful Harvest USDA Certified Organic Free-Range turkeys can be ordered in all three sizes8-12, 12-16, and 16-20 pounds. According to Alex Stewart, these turkeys are grown on third generation family-owned Mary Pitman’s Free-Range Organic Turkey ranch in sunny California and are fed a certified organic high protein diet complete with the finest grains and vegetable proteins. You won’t find any antibiotics, animal by-products, preservatives or hormones in a Mary’s Free-Range Organic Turkey.

The Pantry, Fairfield  (203) 259-0400

1. If you’d like to eat the same turkey that’s being served at the White House, opt for one bred selectively by Jaindl Farms, a family owned and operated business located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. According to their web site, “For more than 40 years, the “Grand Champion” brand turkey has been selected by the National Turkey Federation to supply the turkey that graces the holiday table at the White house each Thanksgiving.” Jaindl’s broad-breasted “Grand Champion” turkeys produce up to 54% more white meat than other brands and their “Blue Ribbon” all natural, free range turkey is raised in a specially designed area of their farm without the use of antibiotics and animal by-products.

Balducci’s Greenwich and Westport Stores

1. Eberly Free-Range Organic Turkeys are U.S.D.A. inspected and certified organically grown by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and Pennsylvania Certified Organic. These free-range turkeys are raised on small Amish and Mennonite family farms in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country without the use of growth stimulants, antibiotics or animal by products in their organic feed. Sizes range from 8 to 28 pounds.

2. Plainville Farms All Natural Turkey is a fresh, humanely raised, all natural turkey grown on family farms in New Oxford, PA in the heart of Amish country. An exclusive Animal Friendly trademark, endorsed by the USDA, recognizes Plainville Farms’ efforts in the humane treatment of animals. The company is committed to “producing the finest natural food products available, treating people and animals well, living and doing business in a more environmentally sustainable manner, and positively impacting our communities.”

Stop ‘n Shop

1.       Bell & Evans turkeys all come from the same farm in Pennsylvania Dutch Country where they are raised without antibiotics or hormones and are “fed a diet that consists of corn, soy, vitamins and minerals, never any animal by-products” according to the company web site. Now this is a revelation: the web site also states that “the same producer of Bell & Evans turkeys has been the White House choice for holiday dinners for more than 30 years. Our turkeys are all-natural and bred to grow slower, produce an extremely broad breast (up to 20% more breast meat) with a moist, tender and flavorful taste.” I figured it had to be Jaindl Farms growing their turkeys and my research confirmed it!

Shaw’s Supermarkets in Fairfield, Darien, Shelton and Stratford

Beginning one week before Thanksgiving, Shaw’s will offer fresh Wild Harvest all natural, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free turkeys and Bell & Evans turkeys.

1. Wild Harvest is the Shaw’s brand for natural and organic products.

2. Bell & Evans turkeys all come from the same farm in Pennsylvania Dutch Country where they are raised without antibiotics or hormones and are “fed a diet that consists of corn, soy, vitamins and minerals, never any animal by-products” according to the company web site. Now this is a revelation: the web site also states that “the same producer of Bell & Evans turkeys has been the White House choice for holiday dinners for more than 30 years. Our turkeys are all-natural and bred to grow slower, produce an extremely broad breast (up to 20% more breast meat) with a moist, tender and flavorful taste.” I figured it had to be Jaindl Farms growing their turkeys and my research confirmed it!

The Fresh Market, Westport

The Fresh Market All Natural Turkey and Bell & Evans turkeys are available at the newly opened The Fresh Market in Westport. Complete information was not available at publication time, so please visit or call the store for details.

1.       Bell & Evans turkeys all come from the same farm in Pennsylvania Dutch Country where they are raised without antibiotics or hormones and are “fed a diet that consists of corn, soy, vitamins and minerals, never any animal by-products” according to the company web site. Now this is a revelation: the web site also states that “the same producer of Bell & Evans turkeys has been the White House choice for holiday dinners for more than 30 years. Our turkeys are all-natural and bred to grow slower, produce an extremely broad breast (up to 20% more breast meat) with a moist, tender and flavorful taste.” I figured it had to be Jaindl Farms growing their turkeys and my research confirmed it!

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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