by Nancy Stiles
If you're not already thinking about your Thanksgiving turkey, you should be. The best eating holiday ever will be here before you know it, and if you're planning on ordering a turkey, deadlines are looming.
Never fear, Gut Check is here to help you find a delicious and succulent turkey that spent its life frolicking in the Missouri or Illinois countryside instead of cramped up in a cage.
Straub's is selling, fresh, all-natural, free-range turkeys from Buttonwood Farms in California, Missouri. Get a 17 to 19 pound hen, or a tom 22 pounds and larger at $4.99 a pound. Order them by calling your local store directly: Clayton (314-725-2121), Webster Groves (314-962-0169), Central West End (314-361-6646) or Town & Country (314-434-4707).
If you're wanting local, though, make sure you ask specifically for a Buttonwood turkey -- the Straub's turkeys, although also never-frozen, free-range and all-natural, are sourced from Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
Local Harvest is also bringing in turkeys from Buttonwood Farms. Call 314-865-5260 to order.
The deadline for turkey orders at Maude's is Thursday, November 14, so get to it! Choose from a Heritage Bourbon Red turkey from Singing Prairie Farm in La Plata, Missouri or a limited number of larger birds from Buttonwood Farms. Heritage turkeys are "bred specifically for their taste" and take longer to raise. Both types, though, are pasture-raised and hormone-free. The heritage turkeys are $8.10 a pound plus tax, and range from 11 to 19 pounds. The Buttonwood broad-breasted turkeys are $4.85 a pound plus tax, and range from 17 to 22 pounds. Order your turkey here or call 314-353-4219.
You can cater your family's entire Thanksgiving feast from Winslow's Home (we won't tell), but you can't get a whole turkey this year. The turkey legs are from Buttonwood Farms, and the turkey breast comes from Michigan. Find the entire catering menu here and place your order by calling 314-725-7559 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 24.