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Some Advice on Vermont Farm Fresh Turkeys for Thanksgiving

As you might guess, eating turkey meat that hasn't come from a "turkey factory" is a whole lot more tasty and possibly better for you. Turkeys permitted to wander around "free range style" are sure to result in better flavor. They may even taste "earthier." We've all heard the horror stories where tainted processed grains have been fed to animals in captivity. As well, with a "factory turkey," you are sure to get some infinitesimal residue from the antibiotics fed to the birds. With enough antibiotic intake from turkey and other "factory raised foods" you could become intolerant to antibiotic treatment when you really need it.

There is a better way of course, and that is naturally raised organic turkey. You'll pay a whole lot more but it may be worth it. Don't just buy anything that is labelled organic. Trace down the producer and see if you can find out how the animals were raised.

Well, how do you come across such a turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner? You might contact some of the country stores in Vermont's rural areas and find out if they plan to stock locally produced turkeys for Thanksgiving. You could start checking the list below of major Vermont turkey producers. They may have either what you want or be able to steer you to a smaller producer who is just selling them for local consumption. Want to know more about Vermont Turkeys? Post a question in our Turkey Forum and we'll try to find an expert answer for you!

The list below comes from the VT Department of Agriculture

ADDISON COUNTY

Misty Knoll Farm
Rob Litch/Minda LaFountain
1685 Main Street
New Haven, VT 05472
(802) 453-4748
E-mail: mistyknollfarm@gmavt.net


Stonewood Farm
Paul or Matthew Stone
105 Griswold Lane
Orwell, VT 05760
(802) 948-2277
Website: www.stonewoodfarm.com

BENNINGTON COUNTY

Four Corners Farm
PO Box 116
Rupert, VT 05768
(802) 394-2558

CALEDONIA COUNTY

CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Adams Turkey Farm
Dave and Judy Adams
1192 Old Stage Rd.
Westford, VT 05494
(802) 878-4726


The Barn At Gray Rocks
Harold Harvey
1147 Main Street
Richmond, VT 05477
(802) 878-4291
E-mail: hharvey171@aol.com


Mountain's Edge Farm
Sean and Jennifer Lang
2568 Silver Street
Hinesburg, VT 05461
(802) 482-7405


ESSEX COUNTY

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Maple View Acres
Walt & Kay Krul
211 Polly Hubbard Rd.
Georgia, VT 05478-6041
(802) 527-1251
E-mail: wkrul@aol.com
Website: www.mapleviewacres.com

ORANGE COUNTY

Back Beyond Farm
Ray Williams
9 Glen Rd.
Chelsea, VT 05038
(802) 889-3211

ORLEANS COUNTY

RUTLAND COUNTY

Parsells Farm
Karl Parsells
719 Sawyer Rd.
Mount Holly, VT 05758
(802) 259-2838

Teenie's Tiny Poultry Farm
Bob Bearor
Teenie's Tiny Road
RFD 4 Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 773-2637


WASHINGTON COUNTY

Dunstable Farm
Walter Bothfeld
960 Bothfeld Hill Rd.
Cabot, VT 05647
(802) 563-2386


Gaylord Farm
Beth & Hadley Gaylord, Jr.
2587 Main St.
Waitsfield, VT 05673
(802) 496-5054


Todd Seymour
299 Turner Hill Rd.
Moretown, VT 05660
(802) 244-5533

WINDHAM COUNTY

WINDSOR COUNTY

Luna Bleu Farm
(Certified Organic)
Tim Stanford & Suzanne Long
96 Boles Rd.
South Royalton, VT 05068
(802) 763-7981

Windy Hill Farm
Gina Essex
1850 New Boston Rd.
Norwich, VT 05055
(802) 649-1568

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