Friday, November 12, 2010

Turkey Fresh off the Farm for Your Turkey Day

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 3:19 PM

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In years past, had you waited until Nov. 12 to start thinking about putting a locally raised turkey on your Thanksgiving table, you would have been about 10 months too late.

This year, you can still score.

Morning Owl Farms' Mary Rohlfing told Boise Weekly that since local producers, including herself, sell out of turkeys every year, she significantly increased the number of birds this year. Rohlfing has about two dozen turkeys left, all of which very recently met their maker after enjoying life in a certified organic pasture out Eastern Idaho called A+ Ranch. Birds range from 17 to 20 pounds, cost $4.25 per pound and will be delivered to doorsteps on Monday, Nov. 22. To snag one of the remaining turkeys, call Rohlfing at 208-850-6798 or e-mail her at morningowl@cableone.net. Leave a cooler on the doorstep if you're not planning to be home on delivery day.

Vogel Farms also has locally raised, free-range, hormone- and additive-free turkeys available. The Kuna farm raised birds this year in a joint effort with Cabalo's Orchard and Gardens. Vogel Farms gets the birds started, and when they're large enough to be relatively safe from predators, the rafter moves out to the orchards at Cabalo's, where the turkeys eat corn and barley feed from Vogel Farms. Birds range from 17 to a whopping 37 pounds. Cost is $3.25 per pound if you pay in advance and $3.50 if you pay when you pick up your turkey. The first batch of birds will be ready for pick up Saturday, Nov. 20, but Boise Milk customers can have theirs delivered to their doorstep. Order your bird online. Every order comes with a pie pumpkin and a recipe to get you from gourd to pie.

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