For both the novice and the experienced cook, choosing the perfect turkey for a memorable Thanksgiving meal is not an easy task. What size bird is right for the occasion? What type of turkey – fresh or frozen? A farm-raised turkey or a wild turkey? Organic? Heritage? Each choice carries different requirements when it comes to preparation and cooking of the bird. Price is another consideration. A standard bronze or bourbon red heritage turkey may cost around $5 per pound. An organic turkey, classified as being raised with 95 percent organic feed, can run from a bit more than $2 to as much as $4 per pound. No matter what type of turkey is selected, it is important that the producer or the supplier have an established reputation for raising quality birds.
Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Specializing in Amish cuisine, seafood, meats and poultry in addition to pottery, crafts and jewelry, the Reading Terminal Market has been around since 1893. Among the merchants selling poultry and meats are Giunta’s Prime Shop, which specializes in hormone-free meats and poultry; the Fair Food Farmstand, which specializes in products produced by humane, sustainable agricultural operations; Godshall’s Poultry, which specializes in turkey, chicken, goose, duck and game birds; and the L. Halteman Family, which produces meat, chicken, turkey, ducks, pork, beef and more.
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Green Aisle Grocery
1618 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Since 2009, Green Aisle Grocery, located in East Passyunk, has sold fresh bread, eggs, cheeses, produce, milk and more. Founded by Adam and Andrew Erace, the grocery also sells unique items, such as cinnamon sticks from Sri Lanka. Producers represented by Green Aisle include Green Meadow Farm, Wyebrook Farm, Sweet Stem Farm and others. Fresh turkeys are provided from farms in Lancaster County.
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA 19603
The 300-acre Linvilla Orchards is a family-operated farm located in the Delaware Valley. Its history dates back to 1914, when Arthur Linvill, along with Lydia, his mother, bought a dairy farm. Later, orchards were added. Eventually, a bakery and gift shop appeared. Linvilla specializes in fresh turkeys raised preservative and hormone-free. In addition to turkeys, the farm stores sells both fresh produce as well as baked goods.
Food For All Market
7127 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Located on Germantown Avenue, Food For All Market is an artisanal cafe and market that specializes in gluten-free products and other allergy-sensitive products. Fresh turkeys are purchased from Green Meadow Farm and must be ordered in advance and then picked up from the store. The market also sports a cafe that serves soups, salads, sandwiches and more.
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