Thanksgiving’s around the corner and there are still a few places to find a locally-raised turkey in Lancaster County.
These farms and retailers sell pasture-raised turkeys. In addition, some have fresh, not-frozen turkeys and some are organic.
Oasis at Bird-in-Hand’s turkeys are raised at a farm a mile and a half from the business. They’re pasture-raised, free of antibiotics and GMOs and not frozen, says office manager Sara Bushong.
“We feel that fresh turkeys are the best,” she says.
Lancaster Farm Fresh’s member farmers have raised turkeys for Thanksgiving for about five years, says Casey Spacht, co-op founder. The farmers saw turkeys as an opportunity for extra income. This year, five member farms in southern Lancaster County raise organic turkeys.
Remember, these turkeys are first-come, first-serve and some sizes are already sold-out.
Doorstep Dairy, Terre Hill
All-natural turkeys from Loag’s Corner Turkey Farm in Elverson, 10 to 30 pounds, $3.85 per pound, plus $10 deposit. Order at doorstepdairy.com, first come, first served, for Monday, Nov. 20, delivery to home.
Esbenshade Turkey Farm, Paradise
Farm-raised, all-natural turkeys, 10-35 pounds, $2.94/pound. Order by calling 717-687-7631 by Monday, Nov. 20. Turkeys can be picked up at the farm in Paradise Monday through Wednesday before Thanksgiving or at off-site locations: Eden Resort and Leisure Lanes of Lancaster.
Lindenhof Farm, Kirkwood
Free-range, broad-breast turkeys, 10 to 25 pounds, $3.95 per pound; heritage turkey with all dark meat, 6 to 11 pounds, $9 per pound; both with $20 deposit. Order online at lindenhoffarm.net, call 717-529-6963, email email@example.com or at the farm, 2194 Kirkwood Pike.
Lancaster Farm Fresh, East Hempfield Township
Organic broad-breasted white turkeys, 10 to 16 pounds, prices are based on weight range. A 10-12-pound turkey is $64.35 and a 14-16-pound turkey is $87.75. Order by noon Friday for delivery on Monday, Nov. 20, and Tuesday, Nov. 21, to more than 20 sites in Lancaster County. Order by noon Monday, Nov. 20 for Wednesday delivery. Order through lancasterfarmfresh.com, 717-656-3533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oasis at Bird-in-Hand
Pasture-raised, GMO-free turkeys, 10 to 25 pounds, $4.19 per pound. Order by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 for pickup at the store, Monday through Wednesday. Order at the Bird-in-Hand store, 60 N. Ronks Road, Ronks or 717-288-2154.
Stauffers of Kissel Hill Fresh Foods, several locations
Turkeys raised without antibiotics on the Sensenig Turkey Farm, near Lititz. Turkeys are 8-28 pounds, $2.99 per pound with store rewards. Available in Stauffers’ three Lancaster County stores.
Also, Meadow Run Farm in Ephrata Township has a new farm in Schuylkill County where its turkeys were raised this year.
Owner-operator Marcus Horst used to butcher the turkeys just before Thanksgiving. After a few cold falls and an October snowstorm, it became more difficult for the turkeys to get the grass that improves their health and flavor.
“The weather we’re having now, I’m glad they’re in the freezer,” he says.
Free range, GMO-free turkeys, 11 to 23 pounds; $3.50 per pound. Order at the farm store, 727 Rettew Mill Road, or call 717-733-4832. These turkeys are frozen. If you order by Monday (or Tuesday for smaller birds), farm staff will start thawing the turkey before pick-up.