Where to Find Organic Georgia Turkeys for Thanksgiving
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
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
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.
Cranberry Orange Relish
Bright and fresh, this sweet-tart cranberry relish is the perfect complement for roasted turkey and leftover turkey sandwiches.
Yields: 4 cups
Recipe by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
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
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.