East End Eats: Where to Reserve Your Turkey
After selling heritage turkeys for three years, Eve and Chris Kaplan-Walbrecht of Garden of Eve organic farm in Aquebogue lost their entire flock of Bourbon Red chicks, or baby turkeys, in a fire. They still have winter CSA shares available, but they will have no turkeys to sell this year.
Those looking for a tasty alternative to the raise-it-fast-and-cheap-even-if-it’s-bland Butterball—not to mention the gastronomic karma that comes from rescuing a breed of farm animal from the brink of extinction—can still find these old-fashioned breeds at Singing Bird Farm in Bellport (631-874-0448). Husband and wife team Dan and Marilyn Morris run Singing Bird Farm and sell only 20 birds per year.
Slaughtered just a day or so before turkey day, a local bird is likely to be fresher than what you can get at the supermarket, even when local turkeys are the same Broad-Breasted Whites that constitute 99 percent of our nation’s flock.
After the jump, more farms offering local turkeys.
North Sea Farms at 1060 Noyac Road in Southampton, which specializes in chickens and eggs, also does a big business in turkeys. 1060 Noyac Road, Southampton NY 11968 (map); 631-283-0735
Iacono Farm heralded by a past generation of New York Times food writers, offers ducks in addition to turkeys for more adventurous holiday chefs. 106 Long Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937 (map); 631-324-1107
For those foragers on the North Fork, drive from Riverhead to Orient on the south road and a handful of farms, from Wells Homestead Farm in Aquebogue to Ty Llwyd in Northville, have poultry waiting for a home.
Wells Homestead Farm; 460 Main Road, Aquebogue NY 11931 (map); 631-722-3796; wellshomesteadmarket.com
Ty Llwyd; 5793 Sound Avenue, Riverhead NY 11901 (map); tyllwyd.wordpress.com