Keeping this in the local thread vs the cooking community boards because I’d love to hear your local suggestions for good turkey options. I was a long-time customer of Mayflower Poultry (RIP) for Thanksgiving turkeys. Now that they’ve moved and no longer do retail, I am at a loss for what to do.
I switched away from the big brand market birds more than 10 years ago. While some of the big brands are passable, many were bland or downright water-logged. Plus, fighting with others to find the elusive 12-14lb bird was not worth it. I swear every supermarket is only allowed to put one bird out in that weight range per day.
What’s your typical route for getting a good turkey (or the perfectly sized turkey)? Do you pre-order from the local farms or online? Do you find a good brand that is not Perdue, Butterball, Jenni-O or whatever mass available that should be considered? Do you seek out the special heritage turkeys? Do you anticipate a turkey shortage with all the logistics nightmares in our supply chain this year?
I noticed that the farms are already starting some pre-orders, but other than Stillman, most require pick up at their location (no go for me, with no car). Stillman will bring it to one of their stalls at one of the local farmers markets for pick up. I saw that Eataly was offering pre-orders, but they require you to call them or email them what you want. Their location is good, but I’d love to hear what the feedback is if anyone decides to use them for pre-order. So - what are you all planning?