When it comes to holiday centerpieces, juicy turkeys are crowd-pleasers. When the birds are fresh, it’s all the more healthy and fulfilling since your purchase supports local economies and farmers to boot. This Thanksgiving, plan ahead and reserve a pasture-raised, non-GMO turkey from one of these farms or markets.
Against the Grain Farm - Zionville
Pasture-raised, non-GMO commercial and heritage breeds
Cost: $5/lb. or $11/lb. heritage
Size: 8-12 lbs. or 12-18 lbs. heritage
Pick-up: November 17 at the Watauga Farmers Market or November 21 at the farm
619 Camp Joy Rd.; (828) 406-4439, atgfarm.com
Dillingham Family Farm - Barnardsville
Antibiotic and hormone-free white broad-breasted turkeys
Cost: $5/lb. heritage
Size: 20 lbs.
Pick-up: At farm November 19-20
Note: Reserve with $25 deposit at the Asheville City Market on Saturdays. You can specify if you want a tom or a hen.
142 Haw Branch Rd.; (828) 230-2667; dillinghamfamilyfarm.business.site
Hickory Nut Gap Farm - Fairview
Pasture-raised turkeys, available either fresh or thawed
Size: 12-20 lbs.
Pick-up: November 17-20
Note: Cannot reserve certain sizes; all turkeys are first come first serve. A $20 nonrefundable deposit is required upon ordering.
57 Sugar Hollow Rd.; (828) 628-1027, hickorynutgapfarm.com
You can also find fresh local birds at these retail locations:
Food Matters Market & Cafe - Brevard & Morganton
Provider: Highlands Family Farm
Size: 11 lbs.
1 Market St., Brevard;
210 Avery Ave., Morganton;
Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe - West Jefferson
Provider: Against the Grain Farm
Size: 15-25 lbs.
Pick-up: November 19-21
Note: No deposit necessary
106 N. Jefferson Ave.;
(336) 846-3004; rosemountainbutchershoppe.com