There are only 23 short days until Thanksgiving and this year Team VP is celebrating turkey day 100% FODMAP free. Usually we have Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. B, but they are going on holiday with the family from Buck Branch, so I am cooking my very first Thanksgiving dinner. I decided I’d let all of you in on my preparations, recipes and Thanksgiving Day kitchen adventures starting with the turkey.
I ordered our turkey from the People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo. If you are a regular here you know that we do quite a bit of our shopping at the Food Co-op because they carry brands and products that we cannot purchase anywhere else locally in bulk. We love their organic brown rice, gluten free flour blend, and spices. Ordering our turkey from the Food Co-op is new for us, so I did a little research first.
Our turkey is coming from Henry Graber’s Old Home Place Farm in Lagrange, Indiana. Henry’s farm is Amish and I attempted to do some Googling to figure out just where our turkey was growing up, but quickly discovered that Old Home Place Farm has the upper hand on my quest for information. Here is what the Food Co-op says:
These fresh turkeys are from Henry’s Old Home Place. These birds eat non-GMO feed and live a natural, free roaming life, and are available for $3.29/lb.
The People’s Food Co-op has never led us wrong, so I put a deposit on a 10 pound bird because I have plans for leftovers. The general rule of thumb is 2 to 3 pounds of turkey per person, not including leftovers for meals in the freezer.
If you want a fantastic turkey that has been raised like a superstar you need to order soon. If you have a food co-op in your area, there is a good chance you will find an organic bird there. Another option is a local farmer. A quick Google search is all you need to find an organic, farm raised turkey that will fit your needs. If you live near me, close to Amish Country, you will find lots of farmers who can fill your order. You can also order your turkey online. U.S. Wellness Meats has organic, free range turkey that will be delivered to your door right in time for the big day.
Having a bird that was well cared for during its life makes all the difference. Not only are you feeding your family a healthier meal, but you are encouraging local farmers who work hard at raising their animals in conditions that they are proud to have been certified organic. Show the love and gratitude this Thanksgiving and order your free range, organic turkey today.