By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and if you haven’t ordered your fresh turkey yet, you might want to think about it.

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The early birds have already placed their orders, according to Dean Frankenfield, co-owner of Godshall’s Poultry in the Reading Terminal Market.

He says the rush typically starts November 1st, with the last-minute shoppers running in on the 17th.

“Usually everyone likes the centerpiece of their table to be a whole, fresh bird, and that’s what we provide,” he explains.

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(Fresh turkeys for sale at Godshall’s. Credit: Lynne Adkins)

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He says the smaller, 10-15 pound birds are quite popular, but you can order a 30-pounder if you’re having a lot of guests.

And, good news: prices are about the same as last year.

“For a fresh, free-range, local turkey, we offer those for $2.89 a pound,” he says.

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According to Frankenfield, locally raised turkeys are better because they’re fresher. And remember: when they’re not frozen, they cook faster.