We have a lot to be thankful for this year. We live in a region increasingly devoted to sustainability, renowned for its wine, and notable for its authentic eats, many of which are easily accessible by train (even with kids). And then we have our poultry farmers, too, without whom we’d never know the pleasures of farm-fresh turkey. One bite and you’ll never go back to frozen.
So, you want to skip the supermarket this Thanksgiving and get yourself a local, ethically raised and slaughtered bird? Here’s where to look.
Calverton: Miloski’s Poultry Farm, 4418 Route 25; 631.727.0239. 4,000 turkeys, first come, first served, starting Nov. 21. No credit cards. $4.85 per pound.
Huntington: Makinajian Farm, 276 Cuba Hill Road; 631.368.9320. 600 turkeys raised in upstate New York (all natural, no hormones or antibiotics); sold by advance order. $4.99 per pound.
Huntington: Kerber’s Farm, 309 W Pulaski Road; 631-423-4400. Fresh-killed turkeys raised in Maryland (non-GMO, no antibiotics). $4.99 per pound.
Kings Park: Raleigh’s Poultry Farm, 335 Manitou Trial Kings Park, NY 11754; 631.269.4428. 1,500 turkeys per year, free-range fresh turkeys from this 55-year-old farm are $4.50. Call to order.
Southampton: North Sea Farms, 1060 Noyac Road; 631.283.0735. 800 turkeys, order ahead. $4.99 per pound.
Southold: Wayside Market, 55575 Main Road; 631.765.3575. Fresh organic turkeys from Pennsylvania. Price TBA.