For traditionalists, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey. Here are some of our favorite places to buy fresh whole birds:
A 4th-generation turkey farm that’s been in operation since 1948, Bowman & Landes offers free-range, veggie-fed turkeys that are antibiotic free. The farm’s taking preorders online at http://bowmanlandes.com/ or 937-845-9466. Located at 6490 Ross Road in New Carlisle, they’ll be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Turkeys are $3.49 per pound, the same price as last year.
If you don’t want to make a trip out to Bowman & Landes Turkeys, you can order them at Dorothy Lane Market. DLM offers free-range whole turkeys for $3.99 per pound; turkey breasts, $7.29 per pound; heavenly turkey breasts $8.99 per pound; and DLM even has hams available. You can order online at dorothylane.com or calling 937-299-3561. Call preferably by Tuesday, All DLM locations, EXCEPT for Oakwood, close at 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The Oakwood branch closes at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 21 before Thanksgiving. For locations, go here.
Fresh free-range Amish handpacked turkeys are available at Zink’s Meats & Fine Wines, located at 409 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp. Pre-order by calling 937-435-4980. “All of our turkeys will come in fresh on Sunday (Nov. 18),” said co-owner Dave Hoffer, who’s in charge of meat.
If you don’t pre-order, you still have a shot at a turkey. Zinks will order extra, but Hoffer warns, “When they’re gone, they’re gone.” Order by Friday to guarantee you’ll get your turkey. The store will be open Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day.
Family-owned since 1951, Dot’s Market will have turkeys from Best Choice Frozen Turkeys for only $.99 per pound. The prices are valid through Sunday, Nov. 25. Visit Dot’s website for all their weekly deals.
The Whole Foods store on Miamisburg-Centerville Road has a number of options. The most popular is an organic whole turkey for $2.99 per pound, or a regular whole turkey for $1.99 per pound. Pick up dates for Whole food’s holiday selection are Nov. 14- 23, so you still have plenty of time. Other turkey options include: a whole Kosher Turkey for $3.49 per pound; a Heirloom Bronze Turkey $2.99 per pound.
They may be known for their trademark ham, but Honey Baked Hams also offers Thanksgiving turkey. You can reserve almost anything you need to make your Thanksgiving dinner complete at myhoneybakedstore.com. You don’t have to call to pre-order, but it’s smart to do so and get a reservation code. Also, it’s best to pick up your turkey breast on Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving to avoid the crowds. The store recommends you allow up to 48 hours for your Whole Turkey to thaw in the refrigerator.
The stores will also have a limited number of frozen, fully cooked whole turkeys (smoked and roasted varieties) that can be heated from being either frozen or thawed. The stores aren’t taking pre-orders on the whole turkeys, but selling them first come first served. The full turkeys cost $39.99 and feed about 10 people. Store hours Monday, Nov. 19, through Wednesday, Nov. 21, are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Find the closest Dayton-area location here.