Turkey Farms on Long Island You Can Visit
In these times of uncertain food-labeling laws, it's become increasingly important for people to know where their food comes from and how it is treated and processed. Thanks to the Mommy Poppins Pick Your Own Guide, my family has picked our own pumpkins, apples and berries, and even our own Christmas Tree. This year, we've got a new tradition planned--we're going to visit a local farm to purchase a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving. We'll get the chance to meet the people who helped raise our turkey and see the grounds where it roamed freely.
We've called ahead to make sure each of the farms listed have turkeys available this year but do make sure you place your own order soon as they tend to sell out quickly. Should you miss out on Thanksgiving, several of the farms continue to sell local poultry throughout the Christmas season.
Garden Of Eve Farm
4558 Sound Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Garden of Eve's turkeys are certified organic, broad-breasted white turkeys. It is recommended that all Thanksgiving orders be placed in advance online. This farm is a great place for families to visit: There's a children's play area with a giant spider web and a wooden castle to climb. The farm stand serves yummy natural and organic dishes, and pies, local produce and honey are all available for purchase.
[Note: Turkeys are not available from Garden of Eve this year.]
Makinajian Poultry Farm
276 Cuba Hill Road
Huntington, NY 11743
Tucked just north of the Jericho Turnpike in Huntington is this four-acre farm. From the road, the ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys can be seen scampering around. It is really low-key here and visitors can even feed the birds. Turkey, turkey breast, duck, goose, capon and Cornish hens are all available for Thanksgiving orders. Their country store sells delicious rotisserie chicken, as well as fresh eggs and select vegetables. Most products are also certified organic.
Miloski's Poultry Farm
4418 Middle Country Road
Calverton, NY 11933
There's no need to call ahead here. Just show up, place an order and while enjoying the nostalgia of an old quaint farm, the turkey will be prepped and packed. How's that for fresh? No pre-orders are taken, but turkeys are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Saturday before Thanksgiving until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Miloski's also sells other products, such as duck, sausage, bratwurst and buffalo.
North Sea Farms
1060 Noyac Road
Southampton, NY 11968
In addition to Thanksgiving turkeys, North Sea Farms offers baked goods, seasonal produce and fresh eggs. Stop by in the morning to sample their delicious breakfast treats. Fresh turkeys are available in three size ranges and can be ordered in advance; stop by the farm or call ahead to place an order.
Raleigh's Poultry Farm
335 Manitou Trial
Kings Park, NY 11754
Raleigh's Poultry Farm is a wonderful place to find fantastic turkeys for this year's Thanksgiving meal. Their country store also offers fresh organic vegetables, free-range eggs, an assortment of baked goods and even health remedies. This is a farm that the whole family will enjoy visiting for what will likely become a favorite holiday tradition.
Updated by Jennifer Battista on November 10, 2013.