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Pre-Order a Local Bird for Thanksgiving

By Sarah Freeman
October 22, 2013

We're a little over a month away from Turkey Day, quite possibly the holiday with the highest culinary expectations. Fights have broke out over lesser things than the texture of mashed potatoes and flavors of pies. You’ve got one shot to rock, so don’t drop the ball on the most important part: the bird. We found three local vendors supplying naturally raised turkeys for your table. P.S. Chicago artisans have pie covered too.

The Butcher & Larder
T-minus two weeks left to order birds from Chicago’s finest locally sourced, whole animal butcher shop. Turkeys range in size from 12 to 30 pounds, are sourced from Indiana’s Gunthorp Farms and cost $5 per pound. Butcher extraordinaire Rob Levitt is accepting orders via phone (773-687-8280) or in store.

Green Grocer
Another local, organic grocer is sourcing its turkeys from Gunthorp Farms. These flavorful and juicy birds are prized because they were raised outdoors on a diet of grasses, bugs and grubs, supplemented by non-GMO grains. That results in an altogether healthier and tastier bird. Twelve to over 25-pound turkeys are available for $60 to $110. Orders are accepted online.

Publican Quality Meats
This butcher and deli turns to one of their favorite suppliers for trusted turkeys. Slagel Family Farms raises naturally grown turkeys on farms around its home base in Fairbury, Illinois. These turkeys are sold at $4.50 per pound or spring for a heritage turkey bred specially for PQM on a farm in Winthrop, Iowa for $8.50 per pound. The birds range in weight from 12 to 28 pounds. Orders can be placed via phone (312-445-8977).

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