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Ordering A Fresh And Local Bird: The Philly Homegrown Guide To Thanksgiving Turkeys

This fresh, herb roasted turkey was sourced from a local farm and its flavor just can't be beat. Photo: A.Calbeck for GPTMC

Well kids, there’s no more pretending like the holidays aren’t happening. The count down to Thanksgiving (our favorite foodie holiday) has finally begun!

Below is a list of folks who can help you source a fresh, local bird that will definitely be the star of your Thanksgiving table. So, pick up that phone (or get online in some cases) and order your turkey, capon or goose. We promise you won’t regret it. And, if you need a little assistance in planning your Thanksgiving meal, the good folks at Slow Food Philadelphia and Fair Food are offering a workshop on November 15th, tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.

Green Aisle Grocery, South Philadelphia
Located at 1618 East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia, Green Aisle Grocery will be sourcing their turkeys from Green Meadow Farm in Gap, PA. When ordering, you have two turkey sizes to choose from: 15-20 pounds or 20-25 pounds. Each turkey is $5.00 per pound and your order requires a 50% deposit based on the highest weight in your chosen range. To order call, 215.465.1411 by November 13th, and pick up is on Wednesday, November 21st.

Green Aisle will be offering up house made sides like Heirloom Cranberry Sauce, Scalloped Potatoes or Curried Butternut Squash (also available vegan) for $12/per dish. Also available will be a a selection of pies from Wildflower Bakery and Magpie, as well as harvest flavor ice creams from Little Baby’s like Pumpkin Curry, Apple SNAP (yes, made with this SNAP!) and Burnt Marshmallow Sweet Potato.

Milk and Honey Market, West Philadelphia
Located at 4435 Baltimore Ave, Milk and Honey Market will be taking orders for three different kinds of turkeys: Certified Humane ($3.329/lb), Bronze Heirloom ($4.39/lb) and Fresh Organic ($4.99/lb). Orders must be placed, in person, by November 11th, for more information, call Milk and Honey at 215.387.MILK. A $25 deposit is required to secure your bird.

Additionally, Milk and Honey will be offering sides like sausage stuffing, candied yams, vegan kale, Milk and Honey’s famous gravy and much more are available in small or large quantities.

Fair Food Farmstand, Reading Terminal Market, Center City Philadelphia
The Fair Food Farmstand is dedicated to bringing healthy local food to the marketplace and promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture system for the region. Their holiday birds are vegetarian fed (no animal by-product!), hormone and antibiotic free, and raised with access to pasture. They will be sourcing birds from Koch’s Turkey Farm, Griggstown Farm and Lancaster Farm Fresh. Looking for something other than a turkey? Fair Food can also help you source a local duck, pheasant, capon or goose as well.

Orders can be made by visiting Fair Food’s online store where you can select the type of bird you’d like to order. A $30 deposit is required for all orders and prices range from $3.10/lb to $8.40/lb. All orders must be made by November 12th, with pick-up beginning on November 20th or 21st, depending on the type of bird you ordered.

Fork, Old City, Philadelphia
Not interested in cooking your own bird? Have no fear, Fork and new head chef, Eli Kulp, are here to help! Located at 308 Market St in Old City, Fork, etc. will provide you with a fully cooked herb-roasted or smoked turkey sourced from Green Meadow Farm. Turkeys must be ordered before 6PM on November 16th and picked up by Noon on Thanksgiving day. You can also order a full menu of appetizers, sides dishes and desserts too! To order, call Fork at 215.625.9425.

Linvilla Orchards Market, Media, PA
Linvilla Orchards is not just for apple and pumpkin picking! Head to this Delaware County market to source not only a local, free range bird, but also a selection of their wonderful baked goods. Turkey and bakery orders must be placed by November 18th with pick-up on November 22nd, 23rd or 24th. Linvilla will remain open on Thanksgiving day until 1PM for all your last minute holiday needs. Turkey ordering is on a first-come, first-serve basis at $2.89/lb with a limited number of turkeys available from nearby Chester County. To order, call Linvilla directly at 610.876.7116.

Wyebrook Farm, Honey Brook, PA
While Farmer Dean Carlson didn’t raise his own turkeys this year, he is offering birds from his good friends at Double Brook Farm in Hopewell, NJ. Wyebrook will have about 200 turkeys for sale this year at their on-site farm market. The plan is to have them available on a first come- first served basis at the farm on Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th. They will be $5.50/lb and will generally be 10-15lb and 20-25lb. For more information, visit the Wyebrook website.

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