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Locallectual Newsletter: Free Range for You and Me (November 14, 2010)

Butterball, schmutterball. Don't cop out on your family this Thanksgiving with a store-bought turkey that's been injected with-who-knows-what and has been frozen for who-knows-how-long. Buy a local, free-range turkey thats fresh (i.e. NEVER frozen) and maybe get adventurous and eat like our ancestors with a heritage or rare breed bird. The taste is guaranteed to be more flavorful, plus you will be serving your family a healthier (and happier) bird.

Check out some of the wonderful farms across the country bringing you hearty, delicious turkeys for your table.

Porter's Rare Heritage Turkeys of Fremont, ID: Looking for something different than the turkey that will be on everyone else's table? Order your turkey from Idaho's Porter Rare Heritage Turkeys. The name says it all; the turkey you get will be a blue-blood bird from a long line of the best birds out there. And don't think this bird is going to be okay with being stuffed with the same old Stovetop Stuffing.

Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm of Moosup, CT: Now you can easily find a turkey, but what about the rest of the food on your table? If you're into one stop shopping but still want to keep it all local, swing by Ekonk Hill. The farm aims to make everything you need for your Thanksgiving spread within its fences, including baked goods to accompany your pasture-raised turkey.

Leaping Waters Farm of Alleghany Springs, VA: Want big city taste but don't want to have to haul yourself that far? Get your turkey from Leaping Waters Farm. This 300 acre, sustainable farm supplies turkeys and other meat to some of the best restaurants in New York City and Washington DC.

Mary's Free Range Turkeys of Fresno, CA: If you're in the Bay area, Mary's can serve you up a sustainable, healthy turkey. But what if turkey just isn't your thing? No fear, Mary has poultry covered. Mary's farm not only raises turkeys, but also chickens and ducks. And Mary isn't about mass-production. The family farm has built its reputation on raising a smaller quantity of superior birds.

Browse the Locallectual directory for not only the Thanksgiving bird of your dream, but other local foods to fill up your table. It will make one of the tastiest, attractive spreads you will have ever served up. Order your bird up now - these artisan animals go fast!