Homesteading with Hyacynth: Before You Buy Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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Homesteading with Hyacynth is a monthly look at ways to lead a healthy, greener, more sustainable life. My intent with Homesteading with Hyacynth is to offer genuine, practical experiences and humorous and helpful tips. Of course, I am not a medical professional so these are my tips and what worked for my family.



Thanksgiving out of the box

While pumpkin pie is usually the apple of my eye at Thanksgiving feasts, there’s no denying that the bird is the actual centerpiece of the entire meal.

And boy oh boy can a good bird go real far at your feast and even beyond your feast day. I mean, leftovers wise there’s just so much that can happen in the aftermath of a good turkey — turkey sandwiches, turkey dressing, turkey soup, turkey stock. One bird can go a long way.

If you want the best bird local has to offer read on! These farmers have pasture-raised turkeys, all of which have had ample time to run around and peck at the grass and insects, have been supplemented with only non-GMO feed and have not been given rounds of hormones or antibiotics.

Why do you want a pasture-raised bird like that? The health benefits are undeniable — all the way from vitamins and nutrients density to fat content to caloric difference.  In fact, you may want to read in detail about consuming meat products over at the Weston A. Price Foundation if you need a little more science to support these claims.

Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to share these fine farmers with you!

Farmer Nicks LLC

Price: $3.50 / pound
Variety: Bronzes, royal palms, white midget, black spanish
Availability: “Until I run out of birds!” – Farmer Nick
Pick-up: November 22 from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at Grayslake Farmers Market in downtown Grayslake.
Order: Order via Farmer Nick’s Facebook page

Elawa Farm

Price: $4.99 – $7.99 / pound
Variety: Gunthorp Farm Broad Breasted White Turkeys {organic $4.99/pound} and Caveny Farm Heritage Poultry Bourbon Red Turkey {certified humane $7.99/pound}
Availability: All orders must be placed no later than noon, Friday, November 14th.
Pick-up: Tuesday, Nov. 25th between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Order: Order by calling Elawa Farm (847) 234-1907

Thousand Hills Farm

Price: $4.00 / pound
Variety: standard bronze are heritage breed and whites are a non-commercial breed
Availability: Orders must be placed by Friday, November 21
Pick-up: Available FRESH the week of Thanksgiving at the farm in northern Kenosha county {pick up times worked out individually with the farmer}
Order: Order by emailing vandixhorns{at}hotmail{dot}com

Don’t see what you’re looking for in a bird? Check out Eat Wild for more Illinois farmers for pasture-raised turkeys!


About Hyacynth 31 Articles
Hyacynth Worth is wife to John and mother to two boys and two girls. She writes about motherhood, healthy living and faith at Undercover Mother. She is Little Lake County's managing editor and the author of Homesteading with Hyacynth. She promises to be candid, amusing and only slightly neurotic. Most of the time.

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