Gobble It Up!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I have been thinking about one of my favorite meals of the year. I am a huge fan of sides…green beans, cauliflower, squash, roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes and broccoli, to name a few, but of course it’s the turkey that is the star of the show. This year, consider buying your bird from a local farm that treats their birds humanely and without all the hormones and antibiotics that factory farms need to pump in their turkeys in order to keep them “healthy.” Here are a few options in Connecticut, but do an internet search in your state.

Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm – Out in Moosup (I know I had no idea we had a town in CT called Moosup) you’ll find this beautiful farm and see their happy turkeys hanging out in large fields of green. While you’re there, pick up some farm-baked pies, cookies, bread and ice cream. The kids will also love their corn maze.

White Gate Farm – In East Lyme White Gate Farm offers organic turkey, chickens, eggs and vegetables.  These pros sell their products to many area restaurants and also to Dinners at the Farm, “a series of benefit dinners celebrating Connecticut’s local farms, food and community as a way to generate awareness of the importance and vitality of our local farming community.” Keep up the good work.

Footsteps Farms – In Stonington, CT is Footsteps Farm. Don’t judge them by their website, they’re clearly spending their energy “producing humanely raised, grass fed pork, chickens, turkeys, beef, and other farm products.” I am looking forward to scheduling a visit to this farm.

I also stumbled across a website CT Farm Fresh Express that sells the products from area Connecticut farms or “artisans” as they call them. Perhaps there is a website like this for your area – so helpful.

I hope you have a happy, healthy turkey day.

Alison Grieveson