For traditionalists, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey. Here are some of our favorite places to buy fresh whole birds:
Bowman & Landes Turkeys: 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 5:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Turkeys are $3.39 per pound, the same price as last year.
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Dorothy Lane Market: 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 $3.39 per pound; pre-brined, $4.29 per pound; turkey breasts, $6.19 per pound; and heavenly (precooked) turkey breasts, $8.99 per pound. Order online at https://www.dorothylane.com/Registration/reserve_meat.plx?type=turkey
or call, preferably by Tuesday, Nov. 22. DLM is closed on Thanksgiving, so pick up your turkey by midnight Wednesday. For locations, go here: http://www.dorothylane.com/Stores/locations.pl \
Zinks Meats & Fines Wines: Fresh free-range Amish handpacked turkeys are available at Zink’s Meats & Fine Wines, located at 409 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp. Preorder by calling 937-435-4980. “All of our turkeys will come in fresh on Sunday (Nov. 20),” said co-owner Dave Hoffer, who’s in charge of meat.
If you don’t preorder, you still have a shot at a turkey. Zinks will order extra, but Hoffer warns, “When they’re gone, they’re gone.”
The store will be open Monday through Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day.
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Dot’s Market: Family-owned since 1951, Dot’s market will have turkeys from Bowman & Landes for $3.39 per pound. The market will also have available free-range turkeys from Bernard’s Farm in St. Mary’s for $2.99 per pound. Try to order by Sunday, Nov. 20. Even though the store will have an additional limited number of turkeys available, ordering ensures you will get the size you want. Dot’s is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
If you don’t feel like cooking, the Bull Pen restaurant, located inside the Patterson Road store, will be serving its traditional turkey dinner Monday, Nov. 21. For $11.99, you get turkey, dressing and gravy, green beans, your choice of mashed or sweet potatoes, a slice of pumpkin pie and a drink. The dinner will be served 11:30 to 7 p.m.
For Dot’s Market locations and phone numbers, go to: http://www.dotsmarket.com/storelocations
Whole Foods: The Whole Foods store on Miamisburg-Centerville Road has a number of options. The most popular is whole free range turkey from Kopp Farms in Harrison, Ohio, for $2.69 a pound. There are also whole organic turkeys for $3.99 a pound. Oven-ready turkeys that come in a roasting pan on a bed of veggies start at $59.99 and come in small, medium and large sizes. All the turkeys are free range, antibiotic- and hormone free, and fed a vegetarian diet.
Whole raw organic turkeys are on sale right now, where you get a free bag of stuffing, broth and two cans of vegetables with purchase.
If you don’t want to cook, precooked whole organic turkeys are $79.99 and serve 6 to 10 people. Precooked turkey breasts, which serve 4 to 6 people, are $39.99.
The whole meal traditional turkey dinner is on sale: to serve 6-8, it’s $89 (normally $119.99); for 12-16, it’s $169 (normally $199.99). A fully organic meal that serves 6-8 is $99.
The easiest way to order is to go online to shop.wfm.com. You can also call the store at 937-999-6880. Another option is in person: the store has a holiday table through Dec. 31, where you can place your order.
For Thanksgiving, order by Tuesday, Nov. 22. You’ll receive a $10 gift certificate to use after the Thanksgiving holiday.
The store is open Monday, Nov. 21, and Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Thanksgiving, it's open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Honey Baked Hams: They may be known for their trademark ham, but Honey Baked Hams also offers Thanksgiving turkey. You can purchase a whole Honey Baked Turkey Breast that serves about 7 people for approximately $27 (the price will vary according to the size). You don’t have to call to preorder, 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 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 preorders on the whole turkeys, but selling them first come first served. The full turkeys cost around $39 and feed about 10 people. Store hours Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23, are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day.
For locations, go here.