Talking Turkey

Thank a Kentucky farmer at Thanksgiving by buying a turkey she or he has fed, watered, and kept safe during this long, first-wet-then-bone dry year. Yes, locally grown turkeys cost more, or seem to, since many of the environmental and fuel costs are not factored into supermarket price tags.

If you can afford the extra costs, please consider buying local. I'll show three sources below. If a local bird is not a good step for you right now, enjoy other Kentucky bounty -- how about butternut squash or sweet potatoes? How about Reed Valley Orchard's apples and pears in pies, sauces, and salads?

Here are three sources for Kentucky turkeys:

Elmwood Stock Farm: Pastured, free range birds from a certified organic farm, both traditional and heritage breeds: 859.621.0755. In the Lexington Farmers Market weekly online newsletter, Elmwood writes:

We are now taking orders for our Organic Free Ranging Heritage and Bronze Breast Turkeys.   These rare breed turkeys and dark-feathered broad-breasted breed turkeys are raised outdoors (unlike traditional butter-balls) on pasture in a certified organic system.  The high price per turkey (pushing $100 this year) will reflect both the specialty breeds and the high cost of organic grain that turkeys require to thrive.  There are very few organic heritage turkeys available anywhere in the USA so we get a lot of requests to ship.  We prefer to find ours a local home, and we take pre-orders for Thanksgiving, with payment at pickup -- visit the poultry page of our website to view a photo and learn more.  Contact the farm or talk to us on Saturdays about reserving your truly special holiday turkey.

Chef Mark Williams, convivium leader for Slow Food Bluegrass, writes:

This year's Bourbon Red Turkeys from Star Farm in Hardeyville are big, beautiful and no doubt will be very tasty! We have 45 turkeys set aside for Slow Food members who would like them, before we offer them to the public to purchase. They will be fresh, never  frozen, all natural, hormone and anti biotic free. Pick up locations will be in Louisville and Lexington the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Price remains the same as last year (wow!) $4.99 per pound for members. Please contact Mark at 502-548-2342 or by email to reserve your Kentucky heritage breed turkey. Hurry before they are all gobbled up!

In the Lexington Farmers Market weekly online newsletter, Baumann's Clean Food (Madison County) writes:

Local, Bronze heritage breed, HAPPY PASTURE RAISED TURKEYS! Will weigh at least 18 lbs. dressed out. Perfect for a large family gathering or have great leftovers. ORDER NOW for your THANKSGIVING feast! See us on the second block next to the 5/3 parking garage at the Saturday Market or Call (859) 986-7627 to reserve yours while they last.