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Connecticut Turkey Guide

Your guide to eating local this Thankgiving

Thanksgiving is around the corner and there isn't a better way to give thanks then to support your local farmers.  buyCTgrown works to make it easy for you to find the local ingredients you need for your big meal!  Looking for something new and different, try a heritage Turkey for an authentic Thanksgiving taste!  Below is a listing of farms that can provide you with your Connecticut raised turkey this Thanksgiving!  Most farms take Thanksgiving pre-orders, make sure to call in advance!  We've also included a recipe section brought to you by farmers and 10% Partners across CT!


Cedar Hill Farms - Orange

Pre-Orders Only
Fresh Turkey, not Frozen

Farmers:
Stephen and Rachel Bespuda
814 Glenbrook Road, Orange, CT
203-889-7282

About the Farm:
Cedar Hill Farm, located in Orange, CT and has been in the Bespuda Family since 1929. Cedar Hill Farm sells pastured raised poultry and beef. They raise broiler chickens throughout the spring and summer as well as Thanksgiving turkeys in the fall.  All of our animals are raised on the farm in Orange, CT. Their beef and poultry are all natural and contain no added hormones.

 

Stone Gardens - Shelton

Pre-Order Only
Fresh Turkey, Not Frozen

Farmers:
Stacia and Fred Monahan
83 Saw Mill City Rd., Shelton, CT
(203) 929-2003
Orders for Thanksgiving turkeys may be placed by e-mailing Fred or Stacia Monahan at stonegds@comcast.net

About the Farm:
Fred and Stacia Monahan have been farming since they were both kids. The Monahans grow a wide variety of seasonal produce, as well as raise grass-fed beef, pork, and poultry, which are processed and sold directly to customers.  Turkeys available by pre-order onlyTurkey pick up Nov. 24, 25, and 26, 2014 from 10 am- 6pm at our farm stand in Shelton. Turkeys are processed here the week of Thanksgiving fresh and are never frozen.
stonegardensfarm.com

 

Holbrook Farm - Bethel

Call for more information about 2015 Turkeys

Farmers:
John and Lynn Holbrook
45 Turkey Plain Road, Bethel, CT
(203)-792-0561
info@holbrookfarm.net

About the Farm: 
Holbrook Farm is a family farm; however, it is not the traditional version of a farm that has been tilled by the same family for generations. Although we have lived on the property for over 40 years, the expansion of our farm to one that welcomes visitors is relatively new. Holbrook Farm has been clean of pesticides and herbicides for at least the last 30 years that we have owned the land.
www.holbrookfarm.net

 

Millstone Farm - Wilton

Organic Free Range Turkeys
Pre-order (ALMOST SOLD OUT)

Farmer:
Annie Farrell
180 Millstone Road, Wilton, CT
(203) 834 2605

About the Farm:
An exemplary model of sustainable agriculture, Millstone Farm is as beautiful as it is efficient. On the seventy-five acre farm, long, neat rows of vegetables line the garden and melons are perfectly suspended from an overhead trellis. Heritage chickens, sheep, and pigs roam in spacious pens that are part of a larger rotational grazing system, which stretches out over a rolling, pastoral landscape.
millstonefarm.org

 

CT Farm Fresh Express

Pre-order Online  at www.ctfarmfreshstore.com

Owner:
Deb Marsden
860-873-8760

About Farm Fresh Express: 
We are a Farmer's Market to your door. CT Farm Fresh customers place their orders on line weekly for farm fresh produce, milk, yogurt, baked goods, meats, cheese and many other locally grown or produced products. We go to the farms and pickup what was ordered, freshly picked or prepared just for us, and then we deliver directly to their doorsteps. The best part is we do this ALL YEAR long!

Our website is open for ordering Thurs-Tuesday's, Delivery day is always on Thursday's
ctfarmfreshstore.com

 

Golden Acres Farm - Harwington

Free-Range Turkeys available
Pre-Order

Farmer: 
Mike and Cindy Orefice
231 Leadmine Brook Road, Harwinton, CT
(860) 485-9155

About the Farm:
Michael and Cindy Orefice have always wanted a farm of their own because, as Mike puts it, "farming is in our blood". As a child, Cindy spent a lot of time helping on her grandfather's dairy farm in Bristol and Mike's grandfather was a farmer too. Mike and Cindy now manage a 108-acre farm, where they raise goats, lambs, and free-range turkeys. They also offer fresh eggs, honey, cut-your-own Christmas trees, and they even have a lumber mill where they process lumber from their own trees
 

White Gate Farm - East Lyme

Call for more information

Farmer:  Pauline Lord
83 Upper Pattagausett Road, East Lyme, CT
(860) 739-9585
info@whitegatefarm.net

About the Farm:
Occupying 100 acres of East Lyme in the Southeastern corner of Connecticut, White Gate Farm has been certified organic since 2000. Three of the farm's acres are used for growing organic produce, for pasturing organic turkeys, lambs, meat chickens and laying hens, and for raising organic flowers.
whitegatefarm.net

Soeltl Farm - Salem

Call for more information about 2015 Turkeys

Farmer: Donna Lesczczynski.
395 Forsyth Road, Salem, CT
(860) 887-3329

About the Farm:
Soeltl Farm started out as a small family homestead that was growing good wholesome food naturally for their family. Their livestock is raised in a humane manner, never any growth hormones or persistent medicines used with preventative maintenance our first line of defense. They offer Beef, Pork, Chicken, Turkey, Goose, Ducks and Eggs, in season products and Dairy Products

Tulemeadow Farm - West Simsbury

Call for more information about 2015 Turkeys

Farmers:
Pam Kelley or Don Tuller
255 Farms Village Road, West Simsbury, CT
(860) 658-1430

About the Farm:
Surrounding the center of beautiful downtown West Simsbury, the 265 acres of Tulmeadow Farm has been farmed by members of the Tuller family since 1768. We raise vegetables, both in greenhouses for early season availability, and in the fields, that we sell in the Farm Store.  We also raise hay and make silage bales, both for sale and to provide feed for our herd of grass-fed beef cattle. Tulmeadow has become best known for the gourmet ice cream made here on the farm. Ice cream is scooped at the farm store mid-April through October 30th.
tulmeadowfarmstore.com

 

CCC Farm Stand and Market - Manchester

Carrying Fresh turkeys from Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm Pre-order only until 11/19/15

CCC Farm Stand Owner: Rachel Bespuda
35 Oakland St., Manchester , CT 06042
(860) 647-9384

About the Farm:
Carrying CT grown and manufactured products from over 30 CT producers, CCC Farm Stand and Market located in Manchester, CT is open year around! Stop by for vegetables and fruit when in season as well as a vast selection of meats, dairy products, baked and canned goods, crafts and seasonal items.

 

Cackleberries, Egg, & Meat Farm - West Hartland

Call for more information about 2015 Turkeys

Farmer:
Sal Barone
114 Hi View Road, West Hartland, CT
(860) 379-7447

About the Farm:
Cackleberries Egg and Meat farm is a small family owned farm and has been since 2000.

 

Red Fence Farm - Groton

Call for more information about 2015 Turkeys (ONLY A FEW LEFT)

Farmer: Arthur Hiles
2 Daboll Road, Groton, CT
(860) 446-8929

About the Farm:
We are a very small family farm, located in Groton. We raise antique breeds of animals, both to preserve these breeds and to provide ourselves with a quality and chemical free foodsource. Visits to our farm are available by appointment only, due to our busy schedule. We would love to have you visit, please call first.

 

Terra Firma Farm - Stonington

Pasture Raised Standard White Turkeys Available

Farmer: Brianne Casadei
330 Al Harvey Road, Stonington, CT
(860) 535-8171
info@terrafirmafarm.org

Terra Firma Farm was created to establish a working farm and educational academy for the communities of Southeastern Connecticut. The farm includes cows;  laying hens & their roosters;  goats & their kids; sheep & their lambs, rabbits, turkeys; miniature donkeys and Tamworth pigs.  Aside from the animals we have vegetable, community and children’s gardens; and exceptional year-round educational programs. 
terrafirmafarm.org/

Cook Hill Farm - Griswold

Call for more information on 2015 Turkeys

Contact Info:
114 Cook Hill Road, Griswold, CT
860) 376-5706

About the Farm:
Visit Cook Hill Farm where you can find the finest Cotswold sheep, Auracana & Polish crested chickens, and turkeys.
 

Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm - Mooseup

Call for more information about 2015 Turkeys

Farmer:
Rick Hermonot
227 Ekonk Hill Rd., Moosup, CT 06354
(860) 564-0248

About the Farm:
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm is a small family farm where they raise free-range turkeys. Their mission is to celebrate the tender loving care that goes into the local foods grown on small family farms. They also have raw organic goats milk and are adding capons and heritage breed turkeys for sale this fall! Their products are sold in their farm store which is open year round.
 www.ekonkhillturkeyfarm.com


Some locally sourced recipes featuring local and seasonal CT ingredients from our 10% Campaign Partners: 

 

 
Root Veggie Bisque

 

 
Sweet Potato & Kale Gratin

 


Oyster, Chicken Sausage, Kale & Squash Thanksgiving Stuffing

 


Sweet Corn Casserole

 


Pumpkin Muffins

 


Potato Leek Soup

 


Roasted Root Vegetables