Where to Buy Fresh Turkeys in the Hudson Valley

Here are the farms offering local birds for Thanksgiving.

November 5, 2012

Between area farmers markets and local farms, it’s possible to have a locally-sourced Thanksgiving this year. (Thanks to Sandy, our local businesses need us more than ever!) Start by planning where you’ll buy the big bird. While Stone Barns Center’s turkeys are sold out, here are some other local farms with locally-raised fresh turkeys.

Hemlock Hill Farm
Named for the endless number of of Hemlock trees on the property, the De Maria family farm has been raising Broad Breasted White turkeys for 70 years in Cortlandt Manor. They never give the animals hormones or antibiotics, and the animals are pasture-raised. (They’re also fed grain from Elmsford’s Captain Lawrence Brewery!)  Call 914-737-2810 on Tuesday, November 6 to begin placing your turkey orders or e-mail hhf500@gmail.com and include your name, phone number, size of turkey and pickup date; weight ranges from 12 to 30 pounds. 500 Croton Avenue, Cortlandt Manor. 

John Boy’s Farm
You can’t get more organic than John Boy’s Broad-Breasted Bronze turkeys. All animals on John “Boy” Ulbado’s farm are born and raised on site, eat only locally-sourced grains, and roam the pastures all day. He describes the turkeys as a mix of heritage flavors with the large and juicy Broad-Breasted White turkeys many of us are accustomed to. Says John Boy: “They’re big beautiful birds this year.” Reserve now for a 14 to 28 pound GMO-free organic turkey. Call 914-646-4263 or email johnboysmarket@aol.com to reserve your turkey. Indicate the weight and where you plan to pick it up. Beyond driving up to John Boy’s Cambridge, NY farm, you can also head to Muscoot Farm’s Sunday Market or a spot in Pound Ridge for pickup. 336 Stanton Rd, Cambridge; 914-646-4263

Willow Ridge Farm
If you love the dark, succulent meat of Bourbon Red turkeys, Willow Ridge sells them a week before Thanksgiving. Turkeys are pasture-raised and between 8 and 17 pounds. You must place your order now to ensure a turkey for pickup. 174 Canopus Hollow Road, Putnam Valley; 845-528-2535

There are lots of organic turkeys available at this 1,000 acre organic Millerton farm. They have pasture and humanely-raised Broad Breasted White turkeys between 12 and 24 pounds, and when you drive up to the market store to pick it up, there are lots of goodies on hand. The market sells homemade jams, pickles, tomato sauce, pies and cookies as well as their own fresh produce and deli meats. Don’t forget to tour the animal farm before you go! Route 22 between Millerton and Amenia; 518-789-4191. (About an hour and a half from White Plains.)
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