A Thanksgiving Sneak Peek

Peggy Paul Casella, Resident Wordsmith (and Farmstand Associate)

Thanksgiving may seem pretty far in the future (eleven weeks/seventy-seven days from now, to be exact), but here at Fair Food, we've been talking turkey since mid-July. There are vendors and farmers to confirm, marketing materials to design, logistics to consider, and volunteers to recruit. And then there's the issue of space: This year, in anticipation of our best holiday season yet, we're renting a refrigerated trailer to store all the produce you could possibly need for your big feast. Plus, we're also planning a series of tastings throughout October and November, which will highlight some of our favorite locally produced Thanksgiving goodies.

The opening day for Thanksgiving pre-orders is Thursday, October 1st, and shoppers will receive a $0.20/pound discount on select birds reserved on or before October 15th. (Thanksgiving pre-orders will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, November 24 or Wednesday, November 25 at the Farmstand.)

Here's the low-down on this year's turkeys:

Naturally Raised Broad-Breasted White from the Howe Turkey Farm (Downingtown, PA) 

Broad-Breasted White turkeys are the most common turkey in the United States, featuring ample breast meat, a leaner overall fat content, and availability in larger weights. The Howes process their own birds at a USDA-inspected facility on-site. These turkeys are sold fresh, never frozen.

Naturally Raised, Free Range Heirloom Bronze from Koch's Turkey Farm (Tamaqua, PA)

Bronze "Heirloom" Turkeys are a natural cross between heritage breed Bronze Standard turkeys and the more common Broad Breasted Whites. They are larger in size than pure heritage breed turkeys, with a richer, deeper flavor than Broad Breasted White turkeys. These turkeys are sold fresh-frozen.

Naturally Raised Heritage Breed Red Bourbon from Griggstown Farm (Princeton, NJ) 

This breed has not been crossbred for size, and retains the original characteristics of the old-breed: rich, fatty skin, darker meat, and a deeper flavor. These turkeys are sold fresh.

And in addition to turkeys, we'll also be offering various Thanksgiving extras for pre-order, including:

If you are interested in volunteering at the Farmstand during the week of Thanksgiving, contact Anne Steelman: asteelman@fairfoodphilly.org.

Stay tuned for more details, and in the meantime, get a head start on your Thanksgiving planning with these handy tools: The Epicurious Thanksgiving Menu PlannerPBS's Thanksgiving Planning ChecklistFood Network's Thanksgiving Countdown Planner