Between area farmers’ markets and local farms, it’s possible to have a locally-sourced Thanksgiving this year. Start by planning where you’ll buy the big bird. Stone Barns is a popular place to pick one up, but their turkeys sell out in the blink of an eye. Here are some other farms that raise their own turkeys.
Hemlock Hill Farm
Named for the endless number of of Hemlock trees on the property, this 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!) The turkeys’ weight ranges from 12 to 30 pounds.
500 Croton Avenue, Cortlandt Manor; 914-737-2810
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. Pick up one of John Boy’s birds at his new outpost in Bedford.
1 Court Road, Bedford; 914-205-3900
5409 Route 22, Millerton; 518-789-4191