How you can spend your money on a Thanksgiving turkey is all over the map. Chain supermarkets admit they lose money selling their frozen birds for $0.49. If you’re feeding 25 people, that might be the best way to go. On the East End, however, one can buy a fresh turkey ranging from $4.55 to $7.99 per pound. All suggest you order your bird at least one week ahead. Except Miloski’s, turkeys will be available at their retail shop starting Nov. 17. They say they do not run out.
Schmidt’s Market in Southampton (631-283-5777) is selling fresh Bell & Evans chickens. The butcher estimates they’ll be between $3 and $4 per pound. They arrive next Wednesday.
At Miloski’s in Wading River (631-727-0239) their home-grown birds cost $4.55 and range from 12 to 35 pounds. Since 1946, they’ve been raising these white-hybrid birds on corn, wheat and soybean with minimal antibiotics when needed. This year’s flock will supply 4,000 turkey-day dinners.
Fresh birds from an organic farm in Pennsylvania are $4.39 pound at Wayside Market in Southold (631-765-3575). They’re for sale from 8 to 32 pounds in four-poound increments.
Garden of Eve (631-680-1699) raised 65 organic birds this year ranging from 12 to 35 pounds. The broad-breasted whites were all vegetarian fed with no antibotics and are $5 per pound.
Tim’s Prime Meats in Sag Harbor (631-725-5255) is selling D’Artagnan turkeys, which come in three styles, organic ($5.99), all natural free-range ($3.66) and Heritage ($7.99).