The Thanksgiving turkey is the center of the Thanksgiving meal and celebration. With all of the importance placed on turkey, it is good to know that there are more places to find a perfect bird than just your local grocery store. Whether you're a culinary expert or you shy away from the kitchen, here are some great places to get a Thanksgiving turkey in the Pittsburgh area.
Sunny Bridge Natural Foods
130 Gallery Drive
McMurray, PA 15317
If you are looking for the centerpiece for an all-natural and healthy Thanksgiving meal, then Sunny Bridge Natural Foods in McMurray is the place for you. Sunny Bridge offers natural and organic whole turkeys as well as turkey breasts and giblets. Fresh natural and organic turkeys are available from local supplier Bell and Evans and Pounds Turkey Farm, and frozen natural and organic turkeys are available from Mary's Turkey Farm in California. This year, frozen natural turkeys will be priced at $2.79 per pound, and organic turkeys will be $4.49 per pound. Turkeys may be special ordered by Nov. 5, but ready-to-purchase turkeys will also be available for walk-in purchase in early November. Sunny Bridge also offers healthy products to make Thanksgiving side dishes with all-natural and organic products.
84 Packing Company
1949 Route 136
Eighty Four, PA 15330
84 Packing, located in Eighty Four specializes in natural meat processing without fillers or artificial ingredients. It is a family owned meat-processing and retail shop that has been supplying premium-quality meats for more than 80 years. It will offer fresh, natural turkeys from local supplier Pound's Turkey Farm available for special order to be picked up the day before Thanksgiving. For your next-day turkey sandwiches, 84 packing also offers house-made, hickory-smoked bacon available in regular or black pepper flavors.
Strip District Meats
2123 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the Strip District, Strip District Meats is a specialty meat supplier that carrys a full line of beef, pork and chicken. For Thanksgiving, local and national fresh and frozen turkeys will be available as well. Smoked turkeys may be special ordered in advance. In the event that you would prefer a different type of bird for your Thanksgiving meal, Strip District Meats also offers goose, duck, Cornish hen and quail. If you have a smaller meal to prepare, turkey breasts are also available for purchase.
Pound's Turkey Farm
4200 Melwood Rd.
Leechburg, PA 15656
If you have time for a drive to neighboring Westmoreland County, you can get your Thanksgiving turkey directly from Pittsburgh's Turkey supplier of choice, Pound's Turkey Farm. Pound's turkey's are all natural and free of hormones and antibiotics. In addition to fresh holiday Turkeys, Pounds also has many turkey products such as turkey breast, smoked turkey and turkey jerky. Thanksgiving Turkeys are currently available for special order from 12-28lbs for $2.69 per pound and breasts are available from 4-12lbs for $4.69 per pound. Pound's also has information to help you to determine what size turkey you need to feed your Thanksgiving guests as well as cooking and storage tips available on their website.
Open to the public, the East End Food Coop features organic and local foods. Although they specialize in vegetarian products, they do sell local meat products, including Turkeys from Koch's Turkey Farm. If you are from the East End, it is a convenient place to buy the freshest local ingredients for your entire Thanksgiving meal. If you are looking for a vegetarian option for your holiday dinner, the Coop also has tofu turkey and other vegetarian ingredients available.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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