It's that time of year, folks, when visions of giblets and gravy boats dance in our heads.
If you happen to be hosting Thanksgiving this year, or if you're acting as MVP by bringing the turkey to a potluck bash, you may be hot on the hunt for the perfect bird. For gourmands wanting organic, heritage-bred, and more flavorful turkey, these local Bay Area butchers and markets have you covered.
Not sure how big a bird you should get? Estimate one to one-and-a-half pounds of turkey for everyone who will be at the table. Happy Thanksgiving!
Belcampo Meat Co. Thanksgiving Turkey
The Birds: Belcampo's three Bay Area locations are offering turkeys from their California farm through William Sonoma this year, with in-store pickups available on Nov. 22nd.. They're organic, non-GMO, and steroid-/antibiotic-free and come in four sizes.
The Prices: Small (8-10 pounds) are $179.95; medium (12-14 pounds) are $199.95; large (16-18 pounds) are $249.95; extra large (20-22 pounds) are $299.95.
Get It: Order online for home delivery at William Sonoma or pick up at Belcampo's butcher shop locations on Nov. 22nd, but call ahead to reserve first. // 2405 Larkspur Landing Circle, Building. 4 (Larkspur); 55 Webster St. (Oakland); 60 Morris St. Suite 27 (SoMa), belcampo.com
Bi-Rite Market Thanksgiving Turkey
The Birds: Heritage and broad-breasted turkeys from Good Shepherd Ranch and Ferndale Market, plus free-range, organic turkeys from Mary's (also available pre-roasted).
The Prices: Good Shepherd Ranch heritage turkeys are $90-190 for 8-21 pounds; Ferndale Market broad-breasted turkeys are $70-125 for 10-21 pounds and Mary's free-range, organic are $45-115 for 8-23 pounds or roasted for $99 (serves 8-12).
Extras: A plethora of sides, soups, desserts, and wines make Thanksgiving dinner a breeze.
Get It: Available for pre-order online before Tuesday, Nov. 22nd at 4pm. // 3639 18th St. (Mission); 550 Divisadero St. (NoPa), biritemarket.com
Luke's Local Thanksgiving Turkey
The Birds: Broad-breasted turkeys from Branigan's and Willie Bird and heritage turkeys from Mary's.
The Prices: Broad-breasted from Branigan's for $5.49 per pound or Willie Bird for $3.99 in three size ranges (10-16 pounds, 14-20 pounds, 18-20+ pounds). Mary's heritage birds are $8.29/lb in small (7-14 pounds) and medium (14-20 pounds).
Special Options: Get them already smoked, plus a half turkey option. They also sell Tarantino's muscovy duck.
Extras: Order house-made sides like roast turkey gravy, sage sausage and spinach stuffing, and Anson Mills cranberry polenta.Get It: They're accepting orders now through their website. Delivery is available Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 26-27, in San Francisco, the East Bay, and South Bay. Pickup is available from Nov. 16 onwards—call 415.742.4207 for more information. // 960 Cole Street (Cole Valley), lukeslocal.com/collections/holidays
Olivier's Butchery Thanksgiving Turkey
The Birds: This Dogpatch spot is offering Branigan's Turkeys, which come from a family-owned operation in Woodland, CA that's been free-range farming the birds since 1942. They raise their turkeys to 25 to 27 weeks (most turkeys are raised until 16 weeks), allowing the animals to develop a thin film of fat under the skin. Mother Nature's way of self-basting, if you will.
The Prices: Branigan's turkeys are $6/lb in sizes from 12 to 26 pounds.
Extras: They'll also carry a turkey roti: half of a de-boned turkey filled with their house stuffing (made with pork sausage and chestnut) and brick turkey (butterflied and seasoned).
Get It: Place your order before Sunday, Nov. 24 by phone or online. Pickup during regular hours between Saturday, Nov. 23 and Wednesday, Nov. 27 // 1074 Illinois St. (Dogpatch), oliviersbutchery.com/thanksgiving-2019/
Whole Foods Thanksgiving Turkey
The Birds: Sure, Whole Foods is national, but they offer organic, pasture-raised, non-GMO Project Verified options, and all of their turkeys are raised without antibiotics or added hormones.
The Prices: Organic whole turkeys are $3.49/lb and organic heirloom turkeys are $5.45/lb. Diestel brined small turkeys range from $29.94 to $49.90.
Special Options: Get yours pre-brined in lemon herb or Mediterranean flavors. They also offer pre-cooked birds, so you can finish them in the oven on Thanksgiving Day, cutting cooking time.