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Thanksgiving Turkey & Main Dish Alternatives

There are less locally-raised turkeys available this holiday season. Why? Many farmers didn’t want to take the risk of raising poultry in the face of the avian flu outbreak in the western U.S.

There are still local turkey options available throughout the region. We have put together a list of farms that have Thanksgiving turkeys available below. If your heart’s set on a turkey, we encourage you to reserve it as soon as you can, as they’re likely to sell out early.

Blue Ridge Mountain Foods

Marshall, NC

Blue Ridge Mountain Foods has very few whole turkeys left, so get them while you can. If you don’t want a whole turkey, they have giant turkey legs, wings, ground turkey, and turkey sausage for sale. The whole turkeys are around 17 lbs and cost $4.99/lb.  They can be delivered directly to your door just in time for Thanksgiving. Call (828) 649-9107 or go online to reserve your turkey today.

Dillingham Family Farm

Barnardsville, NC

Dillingham Family Farms has a few turkeys still available for your Thanksgiving table. They range from 15 to 25 lbs at $4.00/lb. Turkeys can be picked up at the farm the week before Thanksgiving or the Weaverville Tailgate Market on Wednesday, November 25. Call (828) 626-2624 or visit them at market to reserve your turkey.

East Fork Farm

Marshall, NC

East Fork Farm has plenty of turkeys at $4.75 /lb. that range from 12 to 30 lbs. Pick up your turkey at their special, one-time, on-site,  East Fork Farm Tailgate Market on Tuesday, November 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. And while you’re there, shop for the rest of your Thanksgiving dinner. Visit their website to reserve a turkey today.

Franny’s Farm

Leicester, NC

Franny’s Farm has a few heritage breed turkeys available at $10.99/lb. with a $50 deposit. The turkeys range from 9 lbs. to 15 lbs. Turkey pick up will be the weekend before Thanksgiving at their farm – only 10 miles from downtown Asheville. Call (828) 216-2836 to reserve your turkey today.

Whiskey Pigs Meats

Leicester, NC

Whiskey Pigs Meats still has a few turkeys left for Thanksgiving at $4.00/lb. The turkeys range from 15 lbs. to 20 lbs. Whiskey Pigs Meats will work with each customer to figure out the best time and location for pick up. Email to reserve your turkey today.

Thanksgiving is, historically, a harvest meal, and it hasn’t always been turkey-centric. According to historians, the early settler’s Thanksgiving meal in New England included venison and lobster as their main meat dishes. Other harvest meals around the world feature whatever local and abundant products are available.

If you’re willing to take a more adventurous approach to your holiday meal this year and feature a different main course, some great locally-grown alternatives are chicken, rabbit, whole ham, a leg of lamb, trout fillets, or standing rib roast.

Or, if you or your guests are vegetarian or vegan, purchase Smiling Hara Hempeh, or pre-order No Evil Foods Holiday Loaf featuring produce from local farmers.

Search for farms selling local product or tailgate markets for all of your Thanksgiving shopping needs at our online Local Food Guide.