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Talkin' Turkey

Published November 1, 2011 at 4:00 a.m.

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

Got ideas for other "In Season" topics or listings? Email us at [email protected].

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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