Find Locally Raised Turkey for Your Thanksgiving Dinner
The classic Thanksgiving menu of turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and root vegetables is based on New England fall harvests. In the 19th century, as the holiday spread across the country, local cooks modified the menu both by choice and by necessity. Today, families have many options for their holiday menus. For those who decide to prepare Thanksgiving Dinner featuring locally grown products, there are a number of farms in the Capital Region that raise turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Farms including Laughing Earth in Cropseyville, Grab Farm in Brunswick and Unc Brock, Inc. in Schaghticoke, raise turkeys from baby turkeys called poults. In 5-6 months the turkeys are harvested with the toms weighing 30-40 pounds and the hens 20 to 25 pounds. Turkeys may be raised on pasture or grain or a combination of both. If you’re interested on how turkeys are raised, do not hesitate to contact your local farmer who sells Thanksgiving turkeys.
Why should you consider purchasing a local turkey? To keep local farmers on the land, to keep farmland in production, to support our local economies, for the goodness of food grown by farmers who care about how their birds are raised and for the great taste of farm fresh turkey. If you’re in the market for a locally raised turkey, visit Harvest Connection to find a farm near you.