Its turkey time! And turkey is certainly a local Long Island item. The state’s department of conservation reports that the local populations have made a remarkable recovery since the wild species was threatened in the late ninetieth century. The wild turkey hunting season on Long Island is from November 21st through the 25th. But, if you don’t have the time or inclination to dress up like a pilgrim, grab a blunderbuss, and wander into the field to ‘shop local’ for a thanksgiving turkey, there are other local alternatives.
Turkeys have been farmed on Long Island since colonial times. When I was a kid living in Patchogue, there was turkey farm on Gazzola drive, right near Sills road. They made quite a racket when you drove past. Although that farm, like many other local large farms is no longer around, there are still local Turkey farms on Long Island. So, here is another shop local option for your holiday feast.
- Miloski’s Farm – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Miloskis-Poultry-Farm/285517133779
- North Sea Farm – http://www.localharvest.org/north-sea-farms-kings-farm-stand-M22083
- Mecox Bay Dairy – http://www.mecoxbaydairy.com/
- Makinajian Poultry Farm – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Makinajian-Poultry-Farm-Country-Store/122060797842419?sk=wall&filter=12
- Raleigh‘s Poultry Farm, 335 Old Indian Head Road, Kings Park 631-269-4428
Unlike many of my other recipes, this list of ingredients harms no hogs! As for cooking the bird, my personal secret recipe will remain a secret… at least for another year.
So, tomorrow, enjoy your secret turkey recipe but remember that the results are best shared with friends and family and a remembrance of those whom we are thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving to all… and check back for more recipes after the holiday!