Holiday Guide

6 Rhode Island Farms That Raise Happy and Healthy Turkeys

Turkeys from local farms are raised humanely, free to roam green pastures, and are fed well.

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Turkeys from local farms are raised humanely, free to roam green pastures, and are fed well. This translates to a better bird, which is better for our bodies and our taste buds. That’s something to be thankful for.

Frank Martinelli spends much of his time caring for his turkeys at PV Farmstand, feeding them an all-natural diet and allowing them to roam the farm all day. He believes happy animals are the tastiest. Ordering one of his happy cluckers is easy, but you’ll want to do it now before they run out. 56 Peeptoad Road, Scituate. 401-300-8267, PVFarmstand.com

Pat’s Pastured turkeys are free to roam the farm and fed non-GMO grains. These larger birds, 15+ pounds, will be available at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmer’s Market or at the farm during their Pat’s Pastured Thanksgiving Market on November 20. The market also offers fresh cranberries, flowers and centerpieces, pies, veggies and all sorts of Pat’s Pastured products that you’ll need for your holiday dinner. 830 South Road, East Greenwich. 401-413-9770, PatsPastured.com

The sooner you reserve your turkey at Locust Leaf Farm the better, especially since their tasty toms are usually sold out before the holidays. The turkeys can be picked up the Sunday before Thanksgiving, plus there’s an open house that day where guests can gobble up goodies, sip apple cider and take a farm tour. 5 East Killingly Road, Foster. 401-647-4385, LocustLeafFarm.com

Celebrating 72 years, Belwing Acres Turkey Farm is a local favorite. If there’s a specific size you’re looking for, definitely order ahead and be prepared to wait in line on the day you pick it up day. With their reputation of having delicious turkeys, they promise it’s worth the wait. 773 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-9142, Facebook.com/BelwingTurkeyFarm

If you’re looking for a turkey on the smaller side, then Silk Tree Farm has the bird for you. They’re all about raising animals naturally. But they also make a point of protecting our natural food system, so much so that the farmers work hand-in-hand with The Nature Conservancy. When you stop by to pick up your holiday centerpiece, do a little holiday shopping too. They’ve got handcrafted products like goat milk soap and soy wax candles. 64 Pottersville Road, Little Compton. 401-360-7004, SilkTreeFarm.com

Named the 2015 Farm of the Year by the Northern RI Conservation District, Baffoni’s Poultry Farm has been serving the community since 1935. The locally-raised, cage-free and hormone-free turkeys are fresh, never frozen, ensuring farm fresh flavor all the way to your table. 324 Greenville Avenue, Johnston. 401-231-6315, BaffonisPoultryFarm.com