November 7, 2012

Farm fresh turkey, where to get them

Thanksgiving seems to have creeped up on us this year, but there's still time to purchase a local turkey for your table, fresh from a Maine farm. Here are some southern Maine farms that still have birds available: 

FRITH FARM

61 Ash Swamp Road, Scarborough. 730-9077; daniel@frithfarm.net

Daniel Mays raises certified organic turkeys on pasture. They are processed right on the farm, so you'll be sure to get a fresh bird the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Mays' turkeys sell for $4 per pound, and he requires a $10 deposit. As of last week, he only had two or three left, so if you miss out this year you can always reserve one for next year -- yes, he gets orders a whole year in advance. Call or email to reserve. 

GORHAM FAMILY FARM

76 Wescott Road, Gorham, 894-5327

Farmer Carl Anderson sells fresh, free-range turkeys for $3 a pound. This year's turkeys will be in the range of 26 to 35 pounds and available for pick-up on Nov. 19. Call to reserve. 

SANFORD BUTCHER SHOP

578 Lebanon St., Sanford. 432-0858; tommb@metrocast.net

OK, so this isn't a farm, but owner Tom Basinger has raised turkeys himself and also purchases them from farmers he trusts who use all-natural grains with no fillers or animal by-products. The turkeys are raised free-range and range in size from 16 to 40 pounds. The price is $3.49 per pound. Call or email to reserve. 

SERENDIPITY ACRES FARM

140 West Pownal Road, North Yarmouth. 210-7381

The farm is sold out, but you can still buy their turkeys at Rosemont Market. The birds are raised on organic feed and live on three acres of pasture. 

THE TURKEY FARM

209 Mile Hill Road, New Sharon. 778-2889

The Turkey Farm's birds are free-range, and do not receive antibiotics unless they are sick. The cost is $3.49 per pound. The farm has holiday drop-off locations in Portland, South Portland, Brunswick and Orono. To see dates and times for each drop-off location, go to theturkeyfarm.com/products.htm

VALLEY VIEW FARM

Sopers Mill Road, Auburn. 320-1969; kath@valleyviewfarmme.com

Farmer Kathy Shaw says she still has a few turkeys available for sale this year. They range in size from 12 to 20 pounds, most averaging 15 pounds. The turkeys are raised on pasture, supplemented by a mixture of prepared scratch feed and corn when they want it. The birds cost $4.75 per pound. Order by phone or email. Fresh turkeys will be available for pick-up at the Falmouth winter farmers market location at Allen, Sterling and Lothrop on U.S. Route 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 21. 

WHISPERING WINDS FARM

87 Standpipe Road, Mechanic Falls. 345-9005

This farm raises organic, free-range turkeys fed a diet supplemented with organic grain and, at this time of year, also some organic cracked corn. The farm still has about 20 turkeys available ranging from 12 to 25 pounds, and they're being sold for $3.50 per pound. The birds will be processed Nov. 16, and will be available for pick-up the evening of Nov. 16 and the morning of Nov. 17. Call to order. 

WOLFES NECK FARM

184 Burnett Road, Freeport. 865-4469

Wolfes Neck pasture raises free-range, Bronze Broad-Breasted turkeys on oceanfront pasture. Their diet is supplemented with grain that contains no added hormones or antibiotics. The birds are sold for $4.50 per pound. You can order one online at wolfesneckfarm.org for a Nov. 21 pick-up.

-- Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer

 

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