Getting a "fresh" turkey for Thanksgiving has become a trend in recent years, and there are several farms in North Carolina that cater specifically to people looking for the freshest turkey possible for their holiday.
North Carolina has plenty of locations where you can purchase your turkey directly from the farm where it was born and raised, making sure your bird is as fresh and organic as possible. It's usually a good idea to order well in advance, as demand is high during the holidays.
Wild Turkey Farms is one of the most popular options for Charlotteans looking for farm turkeys every November. Each year, Wild Turkey Farms raises a small number of natural, free-range turkeys that are processed fresh for Thanksgiving. All of the farm's turkeys are pre-sold in October and this farm has developed a cult-like following among their customers (many returning year after year for their Thanksgiving centerpiece).
"Cozi Farm is a diversified, thriving polyculture where animals are treated with reverence and grace, earthworms are cherished, and all critters eat a species-appropriate diet."
"Farm to Fork Meat is a member's only Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Each week you can order high foraging mob grazed meats, wild-caught seafood, heirloom produce, raw cheeses, fresh roasted coffee and much more a la carte. All our food is GMO-free and it is raised in balanced ecosystems on SOY FREE & GMO-FREE feed. Our animals are processed in USDA approved processing facilities.
"High Farms is a family farm devoted to using sustainable small-scale agricultural practices to produce the highest quality pasture-based meat and eggs. We focus on Heritage breeds and raise all animals outdoors using rotational grazing techniques. "
"Turkeys are also raised on Intended Way Farm. We raise a heritage breed turkey called the Bourbon Red that is cared for similarly to our chickens. They are out on pasture roaming, pecking, strutting, and gobbling. Their beaks and wings are intact and they are also supplemented with an organic whole grain mixture. They have the sweetest, most joyful chirp."
"We raise both Mammoth Bronze turkeys as well as heritage breeds such as Blue Slate and Bourbon Red. Our turkeys are raised following the same production and health protocol as our broilers. We produce both whole birds (seasonally) as well as Ground Turkey and Sage Turkey Sausage. "
"Rock House Farm is owned by individuals who care about how the food we eat is produced, cared for, handled and the sustainability of our farm with regards to the land it occupies and the community around it. Our aim is to supply sustainable, environmentally sound and healthy food to our family, friends, and community while taking seriously the responsibility for our land, plants, and animals in a holistically managed way."