Free-Range Turkey Sale

12/31/2017 - 7:00pm

Local free-range turkey on sale – just $2.29/lb (while they last)!

Make the centerpiece of your table a free-range roast turkey! From Northern Minnesota farms, raised outdoors in the cool, clear air. Birds are 100% natural – of course no additives, preservatives, hormones or steroids.

Frozen whole turkeys. Sizes range from 12–14 pounds • Just $2.29 / lb.

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) has put together some useful tips for planning your holiday dinner & roasting a turkey:
• Turkey Dinner Planner pdf
• Turkey Roasting pdf

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Turkey – that celebratory comfort food – even mentioned in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens:

'It's Christmas Day!' said Scrooge to himself. 'I haven't missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can. Hallo, my fine fellow!'

'Hallo!' returned the boy.

'Do you know the Poulterer's, in the next street but one, at the corner?' Scrooge inquired.

'I should hope I did,' replied the lad.

'An intelligent boy!' said Scrooge. 'A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they've sold the prize Turkey that was hanging up there? -- Not the little prize Turkey: the big one?'

'What, the one as big as me?' returned the boy.

'What a delightful boy!' said Scrooge. 'It's a pleasure to talk to him. Yes, my buck!'

'It's hanging there now,' replied the boy.

'Is it?' said Scrooge. 'Go and buy it.'

'Walk-er!' exclaimed the boy.

'No, no,' said Scrooge, 'I am in earnest. Go and buy it, and tell them to bring it here, that I may give them the direction where to take it. Come back with the man, and I'll give you a shilling. Come back with him in less than five minutes and I'll give you half-a-crown!'

In Dickens' mid-19th century London, a turkey was an exotic bird introduced from America. One historical interpretation of this passage is that few could afford the prize turkeys window dressing the poultry shop; they were a showpiece to lure curious customers inside to buy a more reasonably priced, common goose. But Scrooge could afford a turkey, and this post-ghost gesture to buy the biggest, most expensive bird for his lowly clerk, Bob Cratchit, reflects how he casts off his miserliness. (Thank goodness we don't live in Victorian England – our turkey at Hampden Park Co-op is much more affordable!)