Oct 30, 2012, 4:06 pm
Trimming the turkey: Locally sourced birds for your holiday meal
By Heather Thorstensen
It’s time to plan your holiday dinners. Lucky for you, southeast Minnesota has numerous places for you to purchases locally-raised turkey. Here are some ideas:
• Callister Farms, West Concord
All poultry is processed on the farm in their inspected processing plant. They do not use antibiotics, medications, growth enhancers or stimulants.
• Farm on Wheels, Kenyon
Turkeys are humanely raised on unrestricted, open pasture with no soy products. The farm is certified organic.
• Ferndale Market, Cannon Falls
Turkey is free range in the warmer months and always antibiotic free. Processed naturally, without additives, at a USDA-inspected facility. Pre-order process starts picking up around Nov. 1. Turkeys range from 10-24 pounds.
• Just Rite Foods, Rochester
Fresh turkeys from Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls will be available at Just Rite Foods for sale between Nov. 16-17. The store has begun taking Thanksgiving orders. Around mid-November, they begin taking Christmas orders that will be frozen, then thawed out for the customer.
• Rochester Produce, Rochester
Frozen turkeys will be available at Rochester Produce from Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls.
• Simple Harvest Farm Organics, Nerstrand
Heritage breed turkeys and Broad Breasted Whites raised on pasture with organic feed. No additives or perservatives are used. The heritage turkeys are 10-15 pounds and the Broad Breasted Whites are 20-25 pounds.
• Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe Catering, Rochester
Minnesota grown turkeys, some raised in a free range setting. From 10-24 pounds.