Want a Local, Free-Range Thanksgiving Turkey?

The Arroyo Food Co-op will offer members and friends local, free-range turkeys for Thanksgiving if enough people express interest. Are you interested?

It may still be pretty toasty outside, but Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and with it, the big question about what to do for Thanksgiving turkey.

In hopes of providing fresh, sustainably raised turkeys for Thanksgiving to members and friends, the Arroyo Food Co-op, "a group of people interested in establishing a cooperative grocery store in or near Altadena," is asking in a poll if people are interested in local, free-range turkeys. If enough people are interested, then the turkeys will be available through the co-op.

“The most promising provider is Shelton's Poultry of Pomona, which offers fresh birds. Their white, broad-breasted turkeys are raised free-range without any antibiotics on a ranch near Fresno and are processed in a humane fashion,” the Arroyo Food Co-op said on their facebook page.

Since Shelton’s only deals with orders of a certain number, at least 125 people need to express interest in the turkeys, the co-op shared. If that happens, the ordering process and more details will be rolled out in coming weeks.

As of this posting, 39 people had voted in the poll, with 31 of them saying they would pre-order a local, free-range turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. 

Turkey Details

Before you vote in the Arroyo Food Co-op’s poll, here is what you need to know.

Pick-up: “Please keep in mind that because these are fresh turkeys, they will only be available for pick-up during a certain window of time a few days before Thanksgiving. So before you vote "yes," make sure you'll be in town for T-day,” said the co-op on facebook.

Cost: The turkeys are expected to cost around $2.75/pound, with Co-op members receiving a small discount, but exact pricing will be available in coming weeks.

Size: The turkeys can be ordered in sizes ranging from 12 to more than 30 pounds.

You can vote in the Arroyo Food Co-op’s turkey poll here and let them know if you are interested.

Would you like a local, free-range Thanksgiving turkey? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

Leslie Aitken September 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM
My answer is a big yes. Because I have recently had some health problems, I have stopped eating meat. But because my family does, I want to serve them the healthiest, most humanely raised turkey as possible. How do I get my name on the list?
Dan Abendschein September 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Looks like there is no list yet Leslie, but if you follow the link above for the turkey poll and vote 'yes' I think they are looking to see how much interest there is and then they will probably take signups. I just voted 'yes' myself because it looks like I'll be at home for Thanksgiving this year.
Jessica Hamlin September 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Hi Leslie, The post mentions that Arroyo Food Co-op said at least 125 people have to express interest in the turkeys and then the pre-ordering process can begin. I just checked the poll and those interested still number in the 30s so the best thing you can do now is vote "Yes" in the poll and hope enough people also vote "Yes".


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