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Our Turkey Farmers

By Theo Weening, November 17, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Theo Weening
Turkey day is almost here! Have you planned what kind of turkey you are serving? We’ve got you covered with your choice of fresh, frozen, value, organic, kosher or heritage. And don’t forget that all of our turkeys are raised to these standards:
  • No antibiotics — ever
  • No supplemental growth hormones*
  • No animal byproducts in feed
Looking for more turkey info? We’ve got you covered with tips and recipes for choosing, brining, cooking, carving and more. *Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones when raising poultry Diestel Turkeys - Sonora, California Since 1949 the Diestel family has raised high quality turkeys in the Sierra Foothills the old fashioned way. The savory dark meat and juicy, tender white meat with satisfying old-time flavor comes in sizes from 6 to 36 pounds to fit any holiday table. Make your celebration memorable with a Diestel turkey. Turkeys from Diestel Turkeys are available in all of our Northern California stores, as well as a number of the rest of our stores. You should check with your local meat team for specific availability. Ladybug Manor - Aldergrove, BC Rod Lacey and Marlene Freemantle founded Ladybug Manor in 1999, raising turkeys the way their grandparents did on their farms. In 2006, the five acre farm decided to go organic. Grain for the birds’ feed is raised on the farm and is now proudly certified organic. Turkeys from Ladybug Manor are available in our stores in British Columbia. Misty Knoll - New Haven, VT John Palmer and Rob Litch have been raising turkeys in Western Vermont since 1984. They treat the farm as an irreplaceable resource and follow sustainable farming practices to ensure their cropland will be productive for future generations. Their care contributes to turkeys with firm meat and deep flavor. Turkeys from Misty Knoll are available in our stores in Western Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine. Neal Farms - Crawford, TX After earning a degree from North Carolina State University's School of Poultry Science and working for decades in the poultry industry, Mike Neal and his wife, Carolyn, decided to start their own turkey farm. Their commitment to the environment has earned awards, including 1st Place Family Farm Environmental Award from the Texas Poultry Federation. Nature’s Rancher Turkeys from Neal Farms are available in our stores in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska. Timbro Farms - Rockdale, TX With a 50-year family history in the poultry and livestock business, D.H. and Karen Martin have the expertise to raise delicious turkey — along with a dedication to responsible land stewardship. Timbro Farms is a classic example of how poultry, livestock and wildlife can coexist, and they earned the Texas Poultry Federation Family Farm Environmental Award in 2008. Nature’s Rancher Turkeys from Timbro Farms are available in our stores in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska. Wise Organic Pastures - Brooklyn, NY Rachel Wiensefeld started Wise Organic Pastures in 1992 so her family would have poultry processed according to strict kosher standards that was certified organic, too. Now comprised of 10 small farms in the Appalachian foothills, Wise Organic kosher birds are processed under the supervision of Crown Heights Kosher and the Orthodox Union. Turkeys from Wise Organic Pastures are available in our stores in New York and New Jersey (excluding Marlton and Princeton). Meet all of our turkey farmers and ranchers on the local stories page of our holiday website. *all photos are courtesy of Diestel Farm
Category: Holidays 2010, Turkeys




Rebecca says ...
I'm a local Chicagoan who regularly shops at Whole Foods, by choice! Shopping this evening for our Thanksgiving turkey it was a HUGE disappoint to see freezer full of turkey produced by Cargill. Really? Monsanto joint venture with Cargill, and Whole Foods is now selling their turkeys'. I shop at Whole Foods for the reasons beyond my eating, it's ethics and eating, so please don't support these giants in a broken agriculture industry. I want real food! Not GMO supported anything, and definitely not my turkey.
11/23/2010 9:08:41 PM CST
Helen Arkes says ...
who is the farmer for your kosher turkeys
11/24/2010 7:21:18 AM CST
bepkom says ...
This can be best answered by the meat counter at your local store as we work with many ranchers throughout the country.
11/24/2010 8:01:10 AM CST
miguel says ...
are there full kosher turkeys available at whole foods union square or tribeca?
11/24/2010 10:20:47 AM CST
lolagotit says ...
Yesterday I roasted my first Heritage Turkey, which was grown by Mary's and ordered from your Glendale, CA, store. Please, I beg you, please continue to offer these superb turkeys to your customers. My Heritage Turkey was absolutely the juiciest and most flavorful turkey I have had in my entire life. It's meat was juicier than any turkey that I brined, marinated or injected. Even after letting it rest for 1/2 hour before carving it, the juice just about squirted out of the breast. And the taste of the Heritage Turkey didn't need any help from the cranberry sauce at all; so I ate the sauce as a separate side! Thank you very much for offering Heritage Turkeys.
11/26/2010 6:56:54 PM CST
Adrienne hartley says ...
Why isn't Princeton store up to snuff? Great cheese, dairy,nuts, and non-food stuff. No kosher or organic turkey??? Horrible smell from the fish market, mixed quality of fresh produce, roasted sunflower seeds (365 brand) greasy now, but used to be the best! Choices please for organic chicken and much better prepared foods. We used to live in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Maybe Princeton store managers need some field trips! We love Whole Foods, just not so much the Princeton store!! HELP if you can!
11/14/2011 3:22:51 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Adrienne Thanks for reaching out. I apologize for your frustrating experience. I'm going to pass your comment along to the Princeton store Team Leader and hope that they can make the changes which you reference in your comment. Again, thank you for your continued support.
11/15/2011 5:06:32 PM CST
rho says ...
my son is kosher and i would like to have a glatt kosher thanksgivng take out..how do i go about it
09/14/2013 11:12:22 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RHO - Our holiday menus are not available just yet. Check with your local store to see when they will have these available and they will be happy to share what Kosher options they have on the menu.
09/16/2013 1:41:56 PM CDT
Gail Schulman says ...
Is Whole Food offering Organic Kosher free range turkeys to order? If so I'm interested.
11/06/2013 10:54:24 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@GAIL - Check with your local store to find out exactly what they have in stock. You can also look online to see what they have to offer. Find your local store info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.
11/06/2013 6:20:58 PM CST
Joseph Nemchek says ...
How / Where can I buy a heritage turkey at Whole Foods? I have a Whole Foods in Milford CT and the information they have is very limited or inaccurate
11/13/2013 12:39:21 AM CST
Mary Dorn says ...
Been corresponding w/ Plainville Farms - they say can purchase your fresh turkeys near Missouri City, TX - (Houston, TX). Could you tell me addresses of markets please. Thank you
12/14/2013 1:02:10 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARY - You can find a list of our store locations at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list. I would suggest reaching out to the Houston store nearest you directly to find out if they carry that specific brand of turkey.
12/16/2013 1:34:00 PM CST
Joanne Reynolds says ...
Do you carry Diestel turkeys in the Palm Desert store.
11/01/2014 2:35:36 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOANNE - Our suppliers and availability will differ between stores. Check with the store directly at (760) 797-8200 to find out if they have Diestel in stock right now!
11/04/2014 3:19:47 PM CST
reyyan says ...
Do you have kosher turkey at any Houston, TX stores? if so please let me know about the order process
11/18/2015 4:21:33 PM CST
stephanie mason says ...
looking for Marys Turkey ,Heritage. Before I left whole foods ,Northridge I noticed the inside of the box , under the turkey, was bolldy. The cashier gave me two brown bags to put under the box ,so not to get thae car bloody.In the middle of the night it concerned me. After taking the turkey out of the frig , blood on the shelf. Finally noticing ,at the spine,at first looked like a knief cut, then realize it was a lot of small holes. This 12.78 heritage turkey now concerns me.,Is it etable??? Whole foods said to cook at 375, Then I noticed ,when looking , it said how long to defrost i.e.. I specifically asked for a never frozen. and it says 325 degrees cooking temp We are not rich, deciding to get this expencive turke and I can't even pull up mayys turkeys on whole foods web sight. Sad and confused, Ill see if I can find Marys Turkey web
12/25/2015 2:58:33 AM CST