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Where to Find Organic Georgia Turkeys for Thanksgiving

  • White Oak Pastures Turkey

Looking for something a little different for Thanksgiving this year? Why not try a fresh turkey raised right here in Georgia? These gobblers are locally grown, organic and certified humane, which makes for a tastier bird on your Thanksgiving table.

Here are two Georgia farms that pride themselves on raising organic turkeys. Call ahead — you may even be able to pick out your turkey before it goes to market.

White Oak Pastures, Bluffton

White Oak Pastures, Photo by Laura Mortelliti
White Oak Pastures, Photo by Laura Mortelliti

This 150-year-old multigenerational family farm works hard to ensure that all of their production practices are fair, sustainable and humane. They are proud to say that they cooperate with nature to produce their artisan products, and they conduct business in an honorable manner. White Oak Pastures turkeys are free-range, meaning that they roam completely unconfined, eating the bugs naturally found in the pastures as well as a non-GMO mix of feed. When you pick up your turkey, make sure and visit their restaurant for some delicious grassfed beef steaks.

Heirloom Living Market, Lilburn

Turkey from Heritage Farm in Bowdon, Georgia, one of the farms that sells through Heirloom Living Market
Turkey from Heritage Farm in Bowdon, Georgia, one of the farms that sells through Heirloom Living Market

This co-op consists of a group of local farmers, gardeners and artisans coordinated to make their products available to the community. They are committed to supplying their customers with the freshest and highest quality vegetables, fruits, meats, herbs, poultry, dairy and eggs. Each member that sells products through Heirloom Living Market raises products that are free of chemicals, pesticides, medication, hormones, nitrates, soy and GMOs. You are guaranteed a fresh and humanly raised Thanksgiving turkey.
 

Bonus Recipe:

Cranberry Orange Relish

Bright and fresh, this sweet-tart cranberry relish is the perfect complement for roasted turkey and leftover turkey sandwiches.

Cranberry Orange Relish by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker
Cranberry Orange Relish by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker

Yields: 4 cups

Recipe by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 cup dried cranberries

½ cup sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

1large orange, peeled and segmented

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup water

½ cup orange liqueur (optional)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 pinch sea salt

 

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients into a medium-sized, heavy bottom sauce pan. 

Bring the Cranberry Orange Relish up to the first boil and then reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally. 

Simmer the mixture until the cranberries burst and the relish thickens, about 25 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow the relish to cool.

The relish will thicken as it cools.

 

From Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent by Jennifer Hill Booker, © 2014 Jennifer Hill Booker, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. 

Jennifer Hill Booker

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker wears many hats in the culinary world, as a Le Cordon Blue-Paris certified chef, cookbook author, reality TV personality, culinary educator and business owner. She is a Georgia Grown Executive Chef for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Culinary Explorer for ExploreGeorgia.org, the founder of Southern Divas of the New South™ Dinner Series, and currently sits on the James Beard Foundation Food Waste Advisory Council. Chef Jennifer is a member of the 2018 No Kid Hungry Atlanta Society as well as a member of the 2018 AF&WF Advisory Council.

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