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Where to Order a Fresh Turkey for Thanksgiving

Impress your guests with a fresh turkey this Thanksgiving.
Impress your guests with a fresh turkey this Thanksgiving.

By Alex Gronke and Kari Hulac/Patch Staff — Last year, America’s poultry producers raised around 250 million turkeys. The great majority were inexpensive, big breasted birds bred to cater to the country’s preference for white meat. 

But even as the average price per pound for a factory turkey dropped $0.03 between last Thanksgiving and today, a growing number of cooks are willing to pay a premium for fresh turkeys that don’t come wrapped in plastic in the freezer section of the grocery store.

The two turkey farms that sell the most free range or organic birds to Bay Area butchers are Diestel Family Turkey Ranch in Sonora and Willie Bird Turkeys in Sonoma.

Here are some places to get fresh free range, organic or heritage turkeys in the Palo Alto and Mountain View area. Don't forget to check the store's ordering policy as supplies may be limited and pick up times vary.

Country Sun Natural Foods, 440 California St., Palo Alto, 650-324-9190

Whole Foods Market, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-326-8676

J.J. & F Market, 520 College Ave., Palo Alto, 650-857-0901

Draeger’s Markets, 1010 University Drive, Menlo Park, 650-324-7700

Schaub's, 395 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-325-6328

Milk Pail Dairy, 2585 California Ave., Mountain View, 650-941-2505

Door-to-Door Birds

You can also order turkeys shipped to your door in time for Thanksgiving.

Williams-Sonoma is selling Willie Bird turkeys.

BN Ranch is shipping both its broad breasted and heritage birds.


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