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Our Exceptional Turkeys

By Allison Burch, November 4, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Burch
  Have you started thinking about your turkey for Thanksgiving? We have! Of course, it’s our job to make sure we think about turkeys all year long so when it comes down to the quintessential turkey holiday, you know you can depend on us for the best. In addition to all of the great holiday recipes and tips on our website, you can learn about the local turkey farmers and ranchers, so you'll know a little bit about the people behind your holiday dinner.  No matter where they come from, all of our turkeys are raised with these standards:
  • No antibiotics — ever
  • No supplemental growth hormones*
  • No animal byproducts in feed
How does that compare to your average supermarket turkey? Take a look: Pretty compelling, don’t you think? And if you wanto carve every tender, juicy morsel out of your turkey dollar, just take a look at our Bird for Every Budget chart to find the one that's right for you. To ensure you get just what you want, make sure to place your turkey order early because size, type and availability vary by location. You can order your ready-to-cook- turkey, as well as prepared holiday dishes, online or at the Holiday Table in our stores. Did you get your turkey from us last year? Let us know how it was!
Category: Holidays 2011, Meat, Turkeys




Acoustics Inclosures says ...
Your site looking so nice..........
11/04/2011 11:33:42 PM CDT
Sabrina says ...
Yes, made the menu and are just waiting to place my order. When do you start selling the turkeys?
11/06/2011 11:15:14 AM CST
Damon says ...
i know you offer "pre-brined" turkeys...can you please provide me with details on how you brine your turkeys? i need to know specific ingredients and how much (allergy worries).
11/09/2011 12:13:48 PM CST
Jill says ...
Last Thanksgiving, I tried your brined turkey and it was the best tasting turkey I've ever had!!
11/09/2011 8:33:43 PM CST
Pamela Diehl says ...
Do you carry kosher turkeys?
11/10/2011 9:13:40 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Damon We would be able to give you a general process for how the turkeys are brined at Whole Foods but since you need to know for allergy reasons, the best way to get the most accurate information regarding how your turkey will be brined is to reach out to you community's Whole Foods Market directly. This way a Team Member at your store can tell you EXACTLY how and the ingredients used in their specific process. There's so many tiny variations that can be made to a brining recipe that I wouldn't want to steer you wrong. The link below will help you identify your store's contact information. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
11/10/2011 3:08:09 PM CST
Elizabeth says ...
I don't have time to cook turkey this Thanksgiving.. Can i order pre-cooked turkey, so i can warm it up on Thanksgiving day?
10/30/2012 11:28:08 PM CDT
Megan says ...
@ELIZABETH Yes, you can order a pre-cooked turkey from our Prepared Foods department! If you would like to place your order online, here's the link: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering
11/01/2012 9:45:16 AM CDT
Debbie White says ...
I am interested in purchasing a turkey who lived a species-specific life. Not only outside but was not confined--or if confined, had grass and room (not crammed). I live near small farms and see how some raise them--they are local and outside but really confined and stuffed in a small area. I am not interested in that kind of set up. Do you have any information like that on the history of your turkeys for Thanksgiving? Thanks
10/05/2013 4:48:51 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DEBBIE - Since we wrote this blog post, a lot has changed regarding our animal welfare standards. We have started the Global Animal Partnership which gives specific level ratings to the meat we sell based on the life the animal lived. You can read more at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards.
10/07/2013 4:28:00 PM CDT
Karen Benoit says ...
What s the largest size customers can order for organic turkeys?
11/02/2013 9:06:05 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KAREN - Each store's holiday menu items will differ so you can check online at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering to find out the weight of the largest organic turkey at your local store.
11/04/2013 2:11:30 PM CST
What is the smallest size Turkey that is pre-cooked at Whole Foods
11/05/2013 12:59:07 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUNETRA - The easiest way to find this info would be to look on the online ordering website for your local store (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering). You should be able to look up the weight range for the cooked turkeys. If for any reason you are unable to find this info online, call the store directly and they will be happy to help!
11/05/2013 4:48:01 PM CST
lina says ...
Do you have turkeys that come in a pan and I can just stick in the oven to bake?
11/06/2013 1:24:30 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LINA - Our products differ between locations. I have not seen this offered at my local stores but that doesn't mean the store does not offer this combo. Your store should have an option to buy a disposable pan separately.
11/06/2013 6:09:13 PM CST
Kitty Watson says ...
would like to buy your turkey. I live in Hickory. What prices are we talking about. Thank you
11/13/2013 2:32:24 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KITTY - Our prices will vary between stores. You can check for general pricing for your local store at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.
11/13/2013 3:53:57 PM CST
Barry says ...
I need approximately 22lb free range....can I pick up at Upper Arlington.OH
11/21/2013 9:45:51 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BARRY - You can check to see if the store still has turkeys in that size by looking online at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering. You can place your order online for pickup or call the store directly to place your order over the phone.
11/21/2013 1:28:13 PM CST
Kris Parnicky says ...
Do you have a pre-cooked turkey, 10 - 12 lbs, that can be picked up Tuesday? What is the cost? Thank you.
11/21/2013 9:40:05 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KRIS - You can check on availability and pricing for your local store at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.
11/22/2013 5:13:48 PM CST
bob dobalina says ...
We bought a pre-cooked turkey but there are no instructions for how to heat it up (it's been in the fridge over night). How long do we heat it for and at what temperature? Thanks!
11/28/2013 1:20:05 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BOB - Sorry for the delay. We have a sheet sheet from our stores in the Mid-Atlantic area. If you still need the instructions, you can find something comparable to what you purchased at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/sites/default/files/media/Stores/S-Z/SYM/Thanks%20Cooking%20Instructions%20lr.pdf
11/29/2013 9:57:16 AM CST
john mcguire says ...
how much are they? and how much advance notice do you need to get one? can i get one by this weekend off Oct 11 and 12? Thanks
10/07/2014 4:54:25 PM CDT