Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Gobble, gobble: Thanksgiving turkey secured!

I officially reserved my Thanksgiving turkey today from Kimber’s Farm Fresh Eggs in San Marcos. The heritage turkey required a $30 deposit, will cost me $4.50 a pound, and will involve a drive up to the farm right before Thanksgiving. I’m hoping for a ten-pounder, assuming the little chap eats well between now and November! I'm content with the cost considering that the farm practices organic directives in everything they do. They do not use antibiotics, arsenic (that's a relief!), or hormones, and their poultry have a free-range area with protective fences to keep those pesky coyotes away.

I bought the last of the Kimber’s turkeys for the year, but you can still order certified organic eggs, honey, raw milk, and some produce from their farm. They also have chickens on occasion. If you want a heritage turkey of your own, try Rainbow Ranch Farms in Pinon Hills. Rainbow Ranch also has a poultry CSA that we’re thinking of joining for a regular supply of organically-raised chicken and game birds.

8 comments:

Amy said...

I've been lurking for awhile now and have to say that the eating locally thing is fascinating! The one part of it, though, that I am pretty skeptical about is your reason for doing this #5: To save money...I’m out to prove that it doesn’t cost more money to eat well if you do it locally. The turkey is obviously going to cost a lot more than it would at a chain grocery store (not to mention the time and gas to go pick it up). Have you found this to be true of other foods you have been buying or is this unusual?

Danielle said...

I believe that Melanie's statement was for an overall goal; just like everything else in life, there will be exceptions. I've found myself that eating locally doesn't cost much - if at all - more than nationally distributed goods.

Just like any bargain shopper will every-so-often skip the sales rack and pay sticker price, so will a localtarian splurge on a much-wanted or needed item.

Cheers.

Melanie Lytle said...

Yup, I splurged. In fact, I’ve been splurging a lot. I plan on writing a whole post on this, but for the time being, this short version will have to do. Eating locally here in San Diego has not turned out to be less expensive. Alas, the local-food scene is so small, that I have to buy where I can find it. Produce is the one exception. It is less expensive in my CSA box than either at the Farmers Market or the store, but just about everything else I pay top dollar. As an example, only a couple farms sell free-range eggs, mushrooms are only sold be two different companies, and the turkey I bought was from one of the only nearby farms that I know of that sells them. I’m hoping this will change as I learn of more local farms and producers that are contributing to the local foodshed.

Diane said...

I'm feeling better about my $3.10 per lb. organic turkey now - especially since I don't even have to go pick it up! (There is a $5 charge for bringing it to the organic farmers' market, though.) You can save $1.50 per lb. if you come to Pennsylvania, but I guess you'd lose the savings in jet fuel!

sdlinda said...

I ordered my organic turkey from www.thanksgivingturkeysandiego.com and from what i've heard it should be really good, but it's not cheap. Oh well.

Oerdin said...

I'll take a butterball turkey at 1/3 the price and if I want a free range bird then I'll go turkey hunting.

Anonymous said...

I can't find Kimbers farm fresh eggs on Local Harvest anymore and I can't find a website. DO you know how to find out info on them?
Erica

Melanie Lytle said...

As far as I can tell, Kimbers is no longer selling. I hope that you can find a good alternative!