Slow roasted or deep fried, maple glazed or butter rubbed, stuffed or unstuffed, a turkey is the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables. After the initial carving, a meaty bird keeps on giving for days, in the form of sandwiches, soups and casseroles — and, of course, every kid's favorite: the wishbone.
The best birds hail from here. Unlike birds that are raised in crowded factory farms and injected with flavor enhancers, local, farm-fresh turkeys are free to roam the outdoors and eat a natural diet. What's more, a visit to a local farm to fetch the Thanksgiving bird is a great way to show the kids where their food comes from.
Someday, they'll be thankful for that.
The farms listed below roughly coincide with the KidsVT circulation area.
Adams Turkey Farm, 1192 Old Stage Road, Westford, 878-4726
Back Beyond Farm, 9 Glen Road, Chelsea, 889-3211
The Barn at Gray Rocks, 1147 Main Street, Richmond, 878-4291; 434-2783
Brotherly Farm Organic, Lavender Road, Brookfield, 276-9904
Cloudland Farm, 1101 Cloudland Road, Woodstock, 457-1520
Dunstable Farm, 960 Bothfield Hill Road, Cabot, 563-2715; 563-2386
Fat Rooster Farm, 354 Morse Road, Royalton, 763-5282
Four Springs Farm, 776 Gee Hill Road, Royalton, 763-7296
Gaylord Farm, 2587 Main Street, Waitsfield, 496-5054
Hogwash Farm, 97 Kerwin Hill Road, Norwich, 649-8807
Hollister Hill Farm, 2193 Hollister Hill Road, Marshfield, 454-7725
Lincoln Farm, 4884 East Bethel Road, Randolph Center, 748-4273
Lune Bleu Farm, 96 Boles Road, South Royalton, 763-7981
Maple View Acres, 211 Polly Hubbard Road, Georgia, 527-1251
Misty Knoll Farm, 1685 Main Street, New Haven, 453-4748
Mountain Edge Farm, 2568 Silver Street, Hinesburg, 842-7405
Parsells Farms, 719 Sawyer Hill Road, Mount Holly, 259-2838
Seymour Farm, 299 Turner Hill Road, Moretown, 244-5533
Stonewood Farm, 105 Griswold Lane, Orwell, 948-2277
Teenie's Tiny Poultry Farm, Teenie's Tiny Road, Rutland, 773-2637
Vermont Country Meats, 509 Lakeview Drive, North Hero, 238-2846
Winding Brook Farm, 1224 LaPorte Road, Morrisville, 888-5922; 279-3234
Windy Hill Farm, 1850 New Boston Road, Norwich, 649-1568