Eat local this Thanksgiving

Sure you could go to the grocery store and pick up a perfectly good Butterball for Thanksgiving. But if you want something a little bit special this year, how about a turkey from a local farm? You can get them fresh or frozen, cooked or not. Here are a few options in our area.

Out Post Farm, Holliston
Out Post Farm raises their own turkeys right on their farm in Holliston. You can order a fresh turkey to cook yourself, or they’ll stuff and cook it for you. Cooked turkeys are then frozen so they can be picked up in advance of Thanksgiving. You defrost and reheat. For more details, call (508) 429-5244. Located at 300 Prentice Street, Holliston, MA (map).

The Natick Community Garden Farm, Natick
The Natick Community Garden Farm is a non-profit, certified organic farm. They run a farm stand and provide classes and other programming. They also raise turkeys. Free-range, organic turkeys. Quantities are limited (only 150 turkeys were raised this year), and they’re going fast. Call for more details (508) 655- 2204. Located at 117 Eliot Street (Rte 16), Natick, MA (map).

Bob’s Turkey Farm, Lancaster
A family-owned business since 1954, Bob’s sells turkeys and all the fixings. You can pick up your turkey frozen, or they’ll thaw it for you. Their turkeys are locally raised. Order your Thanksgiving bird anytime now through about 1 week before Thanksgiving. To order call (978) 365-9271. Located at 181 Old Common Rd., Lancaster, MA (map).

Gerard Farms, Framingham
Don’t want to lift a finger this Thanksgiving? Consider a complete dinner from Gerard Farms that includes everything from turkey to sides to dessert. Or you can order just the turkey, either fresh or already cooked. Note that Gerard Farms turkeys are not raised locally. For more information, call (508) 877-2300. Located at 447 Water Street, Framingham, MA (map).

For more Massachusetts turkey farms see this list by the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources.

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