Welcome to November! It’s shaping up to be a busy month around here. I’ve got guest posts planned, knee-deep in an online graduate course, and finally committed to participate in National Novel Writing Month (Have you heard about NaNoWriMo?). November 2012 is the month I’m finally going to take the book idea that’s been sloshing around in my brain all year and spew it on paper. NaNoWriMo encourages writers to hit the 50,000 word mark in 30 days. Kate in the KitchenÂ inspired me last year with her November blog series so much that I’m already approaching the 1,000 word mark. Keep checking back this month for updates.
Despite all that, my brain has been totally focused on turkey. Many local farmers start taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving turkeys this week and I’m stoked to order our bird. I’m lucky not to have to cook on Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t stop me from putting on a huge dinner the weekend after for the kitchen partner and I. There’s no such thing as too much turkey at our house! Wanting to know where you can order your own local turkey this year? Check out this list and MinnesotaGrown.comÂ for your local farmer:
Find it Local: A Minnesota Thanksgiving Turkey
1. Ferndale Market – http://www.ferndalemarketonline.com
Located in Cannon Falls, Ferndale Market has fresh and frozen turkeys available in their store as well as at Twin Cities Kowalski’s and co-ops around the state. They also ship frozen and smoked turkeys up to 16 pounds.
2. Highview Pastures http://highviewpastures.com
Located in Farmington, Highview Pastures specializes in free-range, pasture raised turkeys. Their animals are raised hormone free and on non-commercial feed. Call 952-985-7577 for pricing and orders.
3, Nature’s Little Farms
Nature’s Little Farms is located 4 1/2 miles from Kellogg, MN. They specialize in heritage turkey breeds, including the Bourbon Reds so many locavores put on their table each year. Turkeys can be ordered by phone at 507-767-4435.
4. L & R Poultry & Produce http://www.lrpoultryproduce.com
Just a short hour drive southeast from the Twin Cities, L & R Poultry & Produce promises “out of this world-good” free range turkey. Their breeds include the Standard and Broad-Breasted Bronze. Contact 507-649-1405 for on-farm and retail sales of Thanksgiving birds.
5. Coyote Ridge Farms http://www.minnesotahighlanders.com
10 minutes west of Willmar, MN is Coyote Ridge Farms. I’m kinda crazy about their local pepperoni (every locavore’s dream!) but their holiday turkeys free of hormones and medicated feeds are also worth checking out. The farm was also certified organic in 2011. Call 320-220-3235 for ordering.
6. Januschka Farm Fresh Meat
Located in Little Falls, MN (between St. Cloud and Brainerd) Januschka’s offers certified organic free-range turkeys for the holidays. Call 320-630-1430 for details.
7. Birds and Bees Farm https://www.facebook.com/BirdsNBeesFarm
Kanabec County and Mora, MN is home to Birds and Bees Farm. It’s an all-natural free range farm offering chickens, turkeys, and produce for the holidays. They’ve also got some jams and jellies you wont find anywhere else to add to your holiday meal. Call 320-679-2816 for ordering information.
8. Simple Harvest Farm http://simpleharvestfarm.com
Located in Nerstrand, MN Simple Harvest Farm offers certified organic and free-range chickens, heritage turkeys, ducks and geese for Thanksgiving. All their animals are pasture fed and antibiotic free. Call 507-664-9446 to order.
9. Windjammer Farm
Windjammer Farm is located in New Ulm, MN. They offer fresh Thanksgiving turkeys that are fed a certified organic flax seed feed and come with a lab tested results of premium nutritional value. Their poultry is also processed by a local licensed butcher. Call 507-359-4140 for details.
10. Treasured Haven Farm www.treaduredhavenfarm.com
At last check, there was a waiting list for 2012 turkeys at Treasured Haven Farm in Rush City. It’s worth calling to be on the waiting list however, because along with your Thanksgiving turkey Treasured Haven also offers a 30+ pound box of locally grown vegetables with their turkeys for only $35. Have your turkey and all the supplies for your meal in one place! Call 320-358-3581 for openings.